Meet the Team – Gary


August 1, 2019

Gary Cassidy is an Interior Designer at ABDA and a big part of his role keeping up-to-date with changing industry trends, as well as hospitality spaces in the education and marine sector.

We caught up with Gary to discover 2019’s biggest trends and get a feel for his day-to-day role…

What have been your most challenging / exciting projects over the past year?

I have worked on several fantastic projects over the past year, but the most pleasing has to be when I provided design consultancy on a Costa Coffee, which was installed aboard the new Wightlink Hybrid Ferry. The ship was constructed in Turkey, involving daily dialogue with naval architects to deliver a design package based on Maritime specification.

Despite the procurement challenges of sourcing materials in Eastern Europe, the project was completed successfully and is now in full operation. On your next trip to the Isle of Wight, consider traveling on the new hybrid ferry and grab a hot drink at Costa.

What hospitality design trends are on your radar for 2019?

Botanical decorative interiors, in both small and large operations, continues to grow in 2019. Our affection of the outdoors influences this trend, which delivers a sense of wellbeing, whilst also a fashionable, must-see in an ‘Instagrammable’ driven world.

We are now starting to see a move away from the linear Scandinavian forms, as we transcend into the development of more organic shapes with confident dramatic colours. As a preference, I look forward to seeing interesting geometrical tile solutions mixing with other materials – I’m currently challenging suppliers for interesting results.    

What do you enjoy most about being part of the ABDA team?

At ABDA, I get the chance to work with such a strong team of designers who all have fantastic technical knowledge, as well as different creative approaches to challenging problems. As a team, we share, collaborate and regularly have open discussions regarding each project so that we all can have creative input.


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