Katie Thomas studied both BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design and a Masters in Architecture: Spatial Practices at AUB. Last year she teamed up with AFC Bournemouth Footballer, Tyrone Mings, to start up KTM Design Studio
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Ever since she was 12 years old, Katie Thomas has wanted to be an Interior Designer.
Which is possibly why, when she tells me about the business she now runs with school friend and Bournemouth footballer Tyrone Mings, she speaks with such passion and enthusiasm about her work.
KTM Design was set up just over a year ago in Bournemouth, with Katie and Tyrone - who grew up together in Bath - intent on sharing their love of property and design.
"What we are trying to bring to Bournemouth is imaginative, fresh, innovative design," says Katie.
She and Tyrone may both only be 23, but they bring with them a wealth of experience in the property world.
"I've worked in the interior design studio at Harrods and worked at different design studios across the South West," says Katie.
"Tyrone has always been interested in property. He's started studying a diploma in interior design - he's got a good eye for detail."
Katie, Tyrone and their team see projects through planning permission and building regulations, construction work, installation, styling and decoration.
"The whole aim is to save people time and money, which we would say is a luxury," says Katie.
"We want to make high quality design accessible to everyone - it's about showing luxury through saving people time."
KTM Design also has its own workshop where bespoke pieces of furniture can be created to suit a client's needs.
Katie and Tyrone work in both the residential and commercial sector, and have completed a number of projects since the company's inception last September. Current local projects include a luxury home in Lilliput and a financial investment company’s office in Salisbury.
Their clients include CMP UK, Greene King, Challs International, Casterbridge Wealth Investments and a host of private residential clients.
While the pair will travel around the country to a client, the company remains Bournemouth-based.
"I think we've got a community feel to us because we use so many different tradespeople from around Bournemouth," explains Katie.
"We also go to different schools to run workshops and I teach a couple of evening courses at the Arts University Bournemouth - we are trying to give something back and get younger people involved in design and show them you can get involved in design through different routes."
Katie admits she and Tyrone can't quite believe how well their first year of business has gone.
"We are just having fun with it," she smiles.
"We are very good at getting into the clients' heads and we've got such high standards of design. But the most rewarding thing is pulling it all together, having the client overwhelmed and so happy at the end.
"For me it's all about the people - it's always been about that."
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November 23, 2015
Tyrone, who was bought by AFC Bournemouth as their record signing in June 2015, has teamed up with architectural interior designer Katie Thomas. Together they offer a personalised design service delivered to the highest standard. The practice offers a full architectural and interior design service for residential and commercial clients, from construction project management to sourcing fixtures and fittings, KTM Design delivers fully-furnished, turn-key luxury homes and commercial spaces. They pride themselves on their ability to problem-solve, their innovative-thinking and delivery excellence.
Design Director Katie Thomas explains...
“People are at the core of our practice, simply because we care about people and their differences. We place absolute importance on understanding the individual needs of clients and we use measured design-thinking to develop solutions – there is always an answer. We understand the impact that our surroundings can have on affecting emotions, wellbeing, productivity and business. Our aim is to design spaces that allow people to be and feel their best, in whatever they do, whatever their lifestyle.”
Katie is known for her playful designs, creating fun and functional environments and experiences for both work and play.
“We are never concerned by the difference between constraints and our/clients’ hopes for a project, because the constraints are equally crucial in forming the design. We arrive completely open to any project and work with the constraints to shape it. We design-out any potential problems so our clients don’t have to. We save people time, and that is considered a luxury”
...says Katie, who also tutors on a university Masters Spatial Design course.
As a result of Katie’s experience and creativity, combined with Tyrone’s professionalism and background in property, KTM Design advises clients on investment opportunities, offers the highest standards in design and development, and creates property value. They work closely with their clients and aim to redefine how people understand space, how they circulate within space, and how they interact together. Their intelligent design leads to the creation of spaces that people enjoy more and want to spend more time in, resulting in a rise in productivity in the workplace and benefitting businesses. Organisations are becoming increasingly aware of the positive and crucial change that an intelligently designed office can have on their business. In fact, research in America suggests that work environment accounts for up to 25% of job satisfaction.
KTM Design Limited works on luxury projects across the UK and launched in October 2015 by Directors Tyrone Mings and Katie Thomas.