Friday 30 June 12:30 to 13:30

When it comes to interior decoration, one of the hardest looks to get right is blending traditional and contemporary to create a cohesive and balanced scheme.

This BIID panel discussion, chaired by BIID President Susie Rumbold, will discuss the art of mixing the old and new to create a stylish interior.

The panel will explore how to incorporate antiques with contemporary pieces within your design scheme and will share expert advice so that your space looks considered instead of chaotic.


Susie Rumbold, BIID President
Christopher Vane Percy, CVP Designs
April Russell, Interior Designer
Simone Suss, Interior Designer

Susie Rumbold is President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID).  Susie is a longstanding member of the Institute and became BIID President after holding several key roles including CPD Director and Vice President.

In her role as CPD Director, Susie oversaw the Institute's CPD programme of seminars, lectures and tours. She was also responsible for expanding the BIID CPD Providers Directory and the annual BIID CPD Provider Showcase; a highly acclaimed day of BIID accredited CPDs from eight top suppliers. 

Susie is the Founder and Creative Director of Tessuto, a successful, multidisciplinary design studio, based in London. Established in 1993, Susie has built up a prestigious portfolio of commercial and private clients. Her practice specialises in both the design of large residential developments for the sales and private rental sectors, and luxury homes for private clients.



After starting his design career with Asprey, Christopher Vane Percy formed his own company, CVP Designs, in 1971. Projects range from private London houses to commercial assignments and numerous international commissions.

The company moved from its Mayfair office in 2004 to its own premises in North Kensington following the conversion of a large Victorian dairy into studio accommodation and working space.

Recent projects include the refurbishment of Trinity House, a Grade I listed building in the City of London and the re-designing of a large Victorian country house in Cumbria. Involvement with LAPADA, at its 2005 Autumn Antiques and Fine Art Fair in Cheltenham, creating a selling exhibition, focussed on the relevance of antiques in modern interiors.



Creating utterly unique interiors, April Russell has gained a stellar reputation on both sides of the Atlantic. She has the ability to capture each client’s individual vision.

April trained at London’s Inchbald School of Design and at Sotheby’s, where she developed her talent and confirmed her determination to put the client at the centre of each design project. Initially working at Piers Westenholz and Percy Bass, she perfected her skill as a creator of imaginative interiors reflecting the client’s character and personality. Her longstanding Chelsea practice continues this highly personal approach.

With more than 20 years’ experience, April’s warm, down-to-earth manner and inclusive way of working leads to a rewarding client / designer relationship. From inception to completion, she accompanies her clients on an inspirational journey leading to a special, perfect place. 



Simone Suss studied at the Inchbald School of Design and is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design, the British Fashion Council Fashion Trust and a Patron of the Royal Academy of the Arts. These interests in both the art and fashion worlds inspire her designs.

Her clients include retailers, property developers and individuals. As well as working with well-known fashion houses to translate their brand vision into premium retail spaces, her portfolio includes residential developments in Hampstead, Knightsbridge, Soho and the South Bank.




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