Written by Victoria Purcell

The inside track on the Interior Design Masters final

The Interior Design Masters final, airing on BBC One on Wednesday 27 April 2022 at 9pm, sees Banjo Beale and Amy Davies go head-to-head to claim the ultimate prize.

The winner will bag a contract to redesign a luxury Beach Retreats property in The Village at Cornwall’s famous Watergate Bay resort. Last year’s winner, Lynsey Ford, redesigned a hotel suite in the Lake District as part of her prize commission.

In the 2022 Interior Design Masters final, judge Michelle Ogundehin sends the finalists to Soho, one of London’s most vibrant districts, where they must each redesign a trendy bar.

Alan Carr and Michelle Ogundehin present Interior Design Masters

Alan Carr and Michelle Ogundehin present Interior Design Masters. Photo: BBC/Darlow Smithson Productions/Steve Peskett

Both establishments need a two-pronged makeover, with a ground-floor bar that must appeal to daytime trade, and a basement cocktail lounge for night owls.

Amy decides to switch the bar’s current tiki-style decor for something more 1970s glam, but knocking down the existing bar unearths numerous unexpected issues.

‘Amy, what have you done?!’, exclaims Alan as he surveys the damage. Former contestant Fran Lee pops up to help her with the final push.

 

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Nearby, Banjo also experiences problems. Their vintage finds, including giant Ibizan parasols and rattan furniture, might not fit with the chic vibe that the owner is after.

Banjo regularly creates characters to design for, from Griswalds do the Cotswolds in episode 1 to Florence Llewelyn-Bowen in Episode 5. In the final, he’s creating a space for a ‘Gangster Granny’, who is ‘old, bold and fancies gold’.

Fashion-designer-turned-interiors-expert, Matthew Williamson, and the owner of the London Cocktail Club, Sarah Willingham, will help Michelle choose the 2022 Interior Design Masters final champion, while Alan keeps tabs on the contestant’s progress while offering up one liners and quips that probably do little to keep the contestants’ stress levels in check!

About the finalists

Amy Davies, originally from Ayrshire in Scotland, is 39 and lives in London. The print designer and illustrator, who describers her print style as sophisticated, often works her own bespoke prints into her designs, a practice that usually impresses the judges. But it hasn’t always gone her way. Will it this time? Follow @amydavies_design on Instagram.

Banjo Beale – real name Brendan but nicknamed Banjo by his partner ‘because he is highly strung’ – is an Australian living on the Isle of Mull where, by day, he is a cheesemonger and marketer. At night he dreams of being an interior designer, but the 36-year-old confesses that it’s tricky to find clients on an island in the Inner Hebrides. He describes his style as playful and wild. Follow @banjo.beale on Instagram.

 

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