MCM Minds: Poppy Weston.

By MCM UK

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Poppy joined MCM in 2018. She is currently leading the refurbishment of a confidential financial services client's offices in Mayfair.

Poppy gained a First Class BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, where she also won the Form-Z Award for 3D modelling.

She started out doing exhibition design, working on permanent galleries at the Science Museum, Natural History Museum & V&A in London. She then worked as an Interior Designer for an Architectural practice working on prestigious projects for UCL University & the Bartlett School of Architecture. Prior to MCM her workplace experience included leading fit out projects for Haymarket Media and Boden HQ.

She is currently leading the refurbishment of a confidential financial services client’s offices in Mayfair and was a key member of the team that won Nationwide’s new digital and technology innovation centre in Holborn.

What do you love most about your job?

Being on site, seeing months of designing and planning coming to life.

Anything else?

Working with clients to understand and challenge their brief, ultimately creating a better environment for them that suits how they want to use the space. Designing well detailed, functional, elegant, and refined spaces that enhance everyday life. Its great going back to visit sites to see people enjoying the new space.

How are you finding working from home at the moment?

Work is a lot more focused and productive in many aspects. But I do miss colleagues, general office banter, project teams & industry contacts popping into the office for a chat.

What should clients expect?

I’m friendly, approachable and diplomatic, but I don’t shy away from the difficult questions. I push the design boundaries, always interrogating and challenging designs.

 

 

 

 

How do you approach challenges?

I look at all the different angles and the bigger picture to get a better perspective and find the best solution.

What brings out the best in you?

Usually a challenge under pressure! I’m good at working on my own, but also love bouncing ideas off the team and coming up with solutions together.

What’s your proudest moment at MCM?

Becoming an Associate & a client requesting that I work full time on their job – very flattering.

What first got you into design?

My parents. They nurtured my creative side and taught me how to draw. Art foundation was a key part in helping me work out which type of design I wanted to go into.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

A joiner (creating woodwork) or a Pilates teacher.

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