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When did you first visit the Barbican? Twenty five years ago I came to London as a student and spent three days sketching and drawing around the estate for an architecture project. It was early March, with clear blue skies and absolutely freezing. Thankfully these days I work on the inside of apartments, so it’s a lot warmer!

What is your background?

I initially trained as a sculptor but have spent the last 25 years working with some of Europe’s best furniture design companies, designing interiors and completing refurbishments. I have worked on new build and period properties, studio pads to substantial family homes. Where have you been working in the Barbican?

My business is relatively new but my last job involved working with the developer of Frobisher Crescent and with several clients within the building. I worked on the show flats in Frobisher and furnished quite a few apartments – providing everything from window treatments to furniture. I am currently working on internal alterations to one of the penthouses, creating a dressing room on a new mezzanine floor accessed by a staircase and relighting the apartment. What are the limits to what you can provide clients?

The company can provide all the products required to produce stunning kitchens and bathrooms – this includes fittings, cabinets, appliances and then all the finishing items such as worktops, splash backs, tiles etc. It is a complete design, supply and install package. We supply our kitchens direct to our clients from Italian factories, so ensuring we can offer the best possible price. Our building service is also very comprehensive and I believe we have one of the best teams in the business. We also have our own curtain making workshops to make window treatments for even the most challenging of windows. Finally, of course, we supply furniture and will source specifically to meet the requirements of our clients.

Any interior trends to watch out for? I am not sure that Barbican clients follow trends, however it is worth noting that in times when we are just coming out of recession its always worth buying great designed and well made pieces of furniture which will last in terms of style and finish – investment pieces. Good design, like the Barbican itself, is timeless.

Contact : Davied at Eero Design and Build T: 0207 738 2806


Michelle Duffy – Reflexology

ichelle gained her ABC level 3 diploma in reflexology last year. Since then, she has been working with private clients in the local area, visiting them in their homes and helping them to relax and heal through reflexology treatments.


Acupuncture can also be used as a means to promote good health, which is seen as much more than just the absence of disease. It is considered suitable for all ages, and it can also be used alongside conventional medicine.

The above practitioners can be contacted directly to discuss any issues you may have and how acupuncture treatment may help you. For more information and access to individual practitioners’ full details, please log on to:

Cissors Palace: Calm haven in a busy neighbourhood.

L Michelle lives 10 minutes away from the Barbican

If you are interested in more information or would like to book a treatment, please call Michelle on 07866 786350 or email her on

Acupuncture at Snow Hill T

raditional Five Element Acupuncture is now being offered at The House at Snow Hill, a peaceful and beautiful venue in the heart of the City. Following the closure of The Traditional

Acupuncture Centre in Waterloo after 27 years - the largest Acupuncture Centre in the country - in the autumn 2010, two of its long term practitioners, Audley Burnett and Richard Royds, have moved their practices to The House, 1 Snow Hill Court on Snow Hill. Together with a third acupuncturist there, Kelly Millington, a co- founder of the Kite Clinic in 2006, also trained in the Five Element tradition, they combine a wide range of skills and broad experience, offering holistic treatments addressing the unique needs of each individual as a whole person in body, mind and spirit.

Practiced for thousands of years, traditional acupuncture is aimed at the root of the condition as well as your symptoms, by stimulating the body’s own healing response and restoring its natural balance. This approach can lead to a more permanent resolution of your problems.


ocated next to the Lauderdale Tower reception area, in the quiet part of Lauderdale Place, this friendly salon

with experienced long serving staff has been a Barbican business and part of the community for many years now. Cissors Palace has just undergone a make over with relaxing, tasteful new colour scheme. Time-saving popular treatments at present include eyebrow threading and leg/bikini waxing. Treatments can be altered to accommodate a busy schedule and home visits are available such as new mothers pamper sessions. To give you a helping hand there is a 20% discount off your first visit. A full list of their services is available at or call 0207 588 0051.

Michelle Duffy

Cissors Palace

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