Francone Bespoke Taps is lucky enough to work with some stellar interior designers who turn our products into something that is truly a masterpiece. Welcome to Insider Interviews, our series where we chat to design experts about their inspiration, unique style and why they choose Francone Bespoke Taps.
In this edition of the series, we sat down with Julia Yong, London based founding designer of York House Designs. Julia’s design philosophy is to design without limitations and to help others to create spaces which bring them as much joy as her own brings her.
Can you tell us about your journey as an interior designer so far?
After almost 10 years working in the industry, I made the move to start my company York House Designs early in the pandemic. I learned instantly to optimise technology for consultations and presentations and to pivot to meet new demands on client’s homes.
As people were navigating the complexities of the lockdown, I noticed quickly how trends were changing and clients were discovering different ways in which they wanted to use their homes and I was right there, observing and adapting to these evolving trends.
From those early days of setting up the company, I've since expanded my team, welcoming two assistant designers who each bring their own unique value to the team and of course to our clients.
How would you describe your style?
When designing for clients, I always strive to keep my personal style from influencing their choices and instead focus on prioritising my client's vision.
My own home, however, an early Edwardian maisonette, features beautiful original features and marries contemporary aesthetics with antique elements, a juxtaposition I adore. The design is a reflection of how I like to spend my time — a serene, neutral space that's conducive to calm productivity during the days and meditation and yoga come evening. Lighting plays an essential role. For me, the perfect way to unwind after a long day is by setting the mood, with soft lighting and creating that calming environment we all need.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Travel, for me, is an endless source of design inspiration. Be it the eclectic styles of Asia and Africa, the vibrant charm of South America, or the timeless elegance of Europe, every travel journey brings with it a wealth of design perspectives.
Closer to home, London's fusion of history and modernity constantly fuels my creativity. The city’s rejuvenated historic buildings and diverse architecture are a huge source of inspiration.
My husband loves street photography and we’ll often spend weekends wandering through the streets of London, captivated by the charm and character you find around every corner.
I find that nature plays a pivotal role too, offering a myriad of colours and textures. I'm captivated by the romanticism of the changing seasons and find it fascinating how we can adapt our homes to make them feel different throughout the seasons.
However, the most profound inspiration stems from engaging with clients — understanding their aspirations and crafting bespoke design solutions that change their homes and ultimately, their lives.
How did you find out about Francone Bespoke Taps originally?
I stumbled upon Francone Bespoke Taps in my quest for bespoke brassware solutions.
The customisation you offer, especially the nuanced details like tailoring spout projections to fit basins, resonated with my specialisation in bathroom designs and really impressed me.
What do you like about Francone Bespoke Taps products?
Your brassware has an unmistakable handcrafted touch and spans an impressive range of styles — be it contemporary, classic industrial, or quirky.
The aging patterns and sheer quality of your finishes are incredible too.
But what genuinely sets you apart, is your willingness to innovate and collaborate. Your receptiveness to ideas has allowed me to transcend the usual design boundaries ensuring my clients get truly customised solutions.
What advice would you give to those struggling to define their own interior style?
For those grappling with defining their interior style, my advice is simple: Don't overthink it. Choose what feels right and resonates with you. If you love something now, it's likely you'll cherish it in the years to come.
Just remember that your home should be your sanctuary — a place where you're most comfortable, irrespective of prevailing trends.
If you don’t mind us asking, what are you working on at the moment? Or anything exciting in the works?
Of course. We are currently part way through the construction phase of a classic hotel-style bathroom that features a luxury wood-burning fire, a standalone bath, and even a steam room. It’s going to be stunning!
There are several exciting projects on the horizon to - the refurbishment of a Grade II listed property, the design of a contemporary 5-bedroom new build, and a commercial showroom collaboration potentially showcasing your bespoke taps.