Peggy Prendeville Interior Design
Peggy Prendeville is a London based interior Designer. She feels that whether she is designing an interior for a private or a commercial client, the end result should be a space which reflects the clients sensibility – something they would like to have designed themselves, if only they knew how. Because she deals with the whole process of creating a building’s interior, most of her clients think of her as much an Interior Architect as an Interior Designer. Her wide ranging design skills have recently been used on numerous housing developments, residential interiors, barn conversions, offices, a college, a hotel and a library. Much of her London work has been in transforming empty cavernous disused warehouse spaces into sumptuous residences or exciting office interiors. Further a field she created a large luxury apartment from a bare shell space in Fisher Island, Florida.
‘The magic of a bare shell space is that it provides a blank canvas with which to work’
Lighting, a sense of space, creating a desired mood or atmosphere plus attention to the most minute detail are always a very important part of Peggy’s approach to her work; also, especially in her more minimalist interiors, secret storage becomes an important item on her agenda. She believes that interiors should be both beautiful and practical. She not only designs, but sees the work through to completion: her work can therefore include liaising with Building Control, Planners, Structural Engineers as well as the Contractors, and she will follow this through with the selection or design of furniture, furnishings, finishes, lighting, art and accessories.
Since 1989 Peggy work has created much interest and featured in forty one magazines including the Observer magazine ‘Room of my Own’ feature, the Sunday Times Style magazine and the Saturday Telegraph magazine. She has also been featured in five newspaper articles and five books including the high acclaimed ‘New London Style’ Book written by Chloe Grimshaw.
In 1998 she was added to the International Who’s Who of Professionals.
Peggy Prendeville completed a 3 year Interior Design and Furnishing course in 1974 graduating with Distinction and being awarded the course prize.
She then worked for two years in an architectural practice gaining a good knowledge of building construction and building regulations which formed a solid foundation for her growing reputation ever since. She then went on to work for an Interior Design company specializing primarily in projects in the middle east including Hotels, Palaces, Large Villas, Ras Al Khaimah airport, large staff housing schemes and even a prison !!
Following this she spent three and a half years working abroad where her projects included several retail outlets and a night club in Perth, Australia, a night club at the top of the cylindrical Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, USA, the manager’s apartment in the then newly opened Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco and Yardley of London’s head quarters in Caracas, Venezuela.
On her return to London she worked as a freelance for several Interior Design companies including Heal’s Contracts where she designed mainly for corporate projects and Fitch & Company, which specialized primarily in retail design.
Peggy establishing her own Interior Design practice in 1985 and in the late 1980s and 90s was at the forefront of designing ‘live / work’ interiors from bare shell warehouse spaces in London’s East End. Since then she has worked on numerous housing developments, private homes and the cutting edge offices and showrooms for a high profile fashion brand including Elizabeth Emanuel’s Bridal and Ball gown showroom. Her design work for Cardiff Park Plaza hotel contributed to them winning the title of AA Hotel of the year in Wales within eighteen months of opening and in 2008 was named as the UK’s top conference hotel in the national Venue Verdicts Awards. She also created a library in an old 18th century ballroom for Sotheby’s Institute and in 2005 she completed the conversion of a late Victorian chapel in South London in which she now lives and works.
From 2010 to 2012 she worked in Singapore where her projects included an historical shop house converted to a luxury home, a retail outlet and a contemporary Art Gallery. During her time in Singapore, Peggy continued to work remotely on several sizeable projects in the UK maintaining the high level of client service that is her well-known trademark.
Her current projects are completely re-configuring the interior of a Mews House in South Kensington, renovating a Swiss Chalet near Geneva, working on a large family house in Lancashire and furnishing a 5 storey house in Hampstead, London.
Peggy Prendeville The Illustrator.
When Peggy has time she likes to paint pictures. Over the past 30 years she has had several exhibitions of her work both in London and the UK provinces. She has also had her work published by dozens of greetings card manufacturers plus some illustrations have been reproduced on table mats and even gift-wrapping paper too.
Recently she has published a children’s book ‘Manfred’s Travels’ which was born out of her travels in South America. Manfred is based on a beetle that she found on her roof terrace in Caracas, Venezuela.
She is currently illustrating another children’s book called ‘Mrs Jolly Good’ written by Bill Clark.