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Competition Winner Completes Interior Design Work Placement

A fashion and textiles student who won a show home design competition has now completed a work placement with interior design specialists, Edward Thomas Interiors.

18-year-old Sylvie Cundy, from Burton in Staffordshire, entered the competition while completing her BTEC Level 3 at Burton & South Derbyshire College. Launched by Edward Thomas Interiors in partnership with housebuilder, St Modwen Homes, entrants were invited to design the interiors of one of the show homes at St Modwen’s nearby Branston Leas development. Sylvie’s designs, which followed a cohesive colour palette alongside a mix of sustainable materials, stood out and she was chosen as the winner of a week’s work placement at the Birmingham-based firm.

“I was really proud to win the competition as I’d done a lot of research and added plenty of detail to my mood boards,” explains Sylvie. “It’s been fantastic to have the opportunity of working in a real-life design studio and learning the different roles within the interiors industry.”

Sylvie’s placement, which took place earlier this month (July 2022), involved shadowing designers, stylists, warehouse and logistics crew as well as an insight into business administration and one-to-one time with Edward Thomas Interiors’ directors.

Sylvie continues: “My first day was very much getting to know everyone and understanding their responsibilities but I also sat in on a show home briefing meeting. Following this, I was tasked with creating my own interpretation of the design, which I presented at the end of the week. I also joined the styling team on site at a development in Rugby which I really enjoyed as it’s so creative. I’m joining the University of Manchester in September to do a BSc in Fashion Buying and Merchandising but I’m thankful to the Edward Thomas Interiors team as they’ve made me realise there are more career options I can consider.”

Steve Hird, director at Edward Thomas Interiors added: “We firmly believe work placements are essential to help the next generation not only gain an understanding of their chosen field but also experience the working environment first hand.

“Sylvie is a confident and capable student with some very imaginative ideas; she certainly has the potential to be a successful stylist or designer. It’s been a pleasure to have Sylvie join us and we hope her week with the team has broadened her outlook on future careers. We all wish her every success with her degree.”

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Sylvie Cundy, pictured here in the design studio at Edward Thomas Interiors, has completed a week’s work placement following her winning entry in a show home design competition.

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Edward Thomas Interiors was established in 2015 by directors, Andy Richardson and Steve Hird and is based in Birmingham, West Midlands. Together the pair has over 50 years’ experience in new homes, working with and for some of the UK’s best known housebuilders. The business designs, creates and installs bespoke show homes, marketing suites and retirement living spaces nationwide. With an ethos centred around customer service, Edward Thomas Interiors has a thriving reputation for delivering innovative, imaginative and inspirational schemes.

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