Listen To Our Home Truths Podcast... With Tricia Guild

In the fifth of our Home Truths podcast series, we chat to the creator behind Designers Guild...

We’re very excited to share episode five of our brand new podcast, Home Truths, which launches today! Available wherever you download your podcasts, each week one of the biggest names in design reveals the secrets, stories and fascinating insights behind their most famous career moments.

Hosted by Livingetc’s Executive Editor Pip McCormac, for the fifth episode he is joined by Tricia Guild, for a revealing chat about her career path, offering insight as to how she got to where she is today (go straight to the podcast here).

Having opened Designers Guild in 1970 when she was aged 22, Tricia has been selling fabrics, furniture and a lifestyle dream for 50 years. Her store put Kings Road on the map four years before Vivienne Westwood opened there, and her new perspective on design created a change in aesthetics that is still influencing us today.

She talks about what it was like to be a woman in business, how she approached the artists she collaborated with and what she looks for in a colour pairing. Not only is the conversation a way to peek behind the curtain at one of the UK’s most recognisable brand names, there are also entrepreneurial tips aplenty, and advice for how to make it in the industry.

And if you missed episode one, then you’re in for a treat, as award winning designer Lee Broom chats about a career that spans nearly 15 years. He reveals how he went from designing chairs in his tiny flat in Oval with one other colleague, to heading up an international brand sold all over the world. He talks about the thinking behind his groundbreaking Parquetry collection, his eye-catching show-stopping displays at Salone del Mobile in Milan, and the steps he took to grow his business into what it is today.

Episode two, featuring Linda Boronkay from Soho House, includes a revealing chat about how she overcame her imposter syndrome to work her way up at London’s biggest studios.

While Episode three includes Tom Dixon talking about going from being a rebel of the 1980s design scene to gradually working his way up to becoming the godfather figure he is today, with insight into the story behind his famous copper ball pendant.

In Episode 4, Matthew Williamson explains what happened when Kate Moss popped over to his bedsit to pick her outfit, how his relationship grew with Sienna Miller to be mutually beneficial creative partnership, what dinner at Karl Lagerfeld’s was like and why and how he made the move into interiors.

Home Truths, sponsored by Heal’s, is an eight part podcast series, with a new episode ready to download each Monday. We have some huge stars lined up so stay tuned for more interiors inspiration and a glimpse into the thinking behind some of your favourite designs.

Episode Five of Livingetc’s Brand new Podcast, Home Truths, is ready to download now, or listen here.

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.