About Us

Creative Direction and Interior Design

Internationally renowned designer Tara Bernerd is the founder of the interior architectural practice, Tara Bernerd & Partners. Based in London’s Belgravia, the practice works on a global platform and prides itself on its intelligent approach to interior space-planning and design.

Though each project is unique, Tara Bernerd & Partners’ signature style is one of approachable luxury with an industrial edge and each space possesses a handsome, and ultimately timeless, elegance.

Bernerd and her team strive to create a feeling of authenticity within each property by establishing a distinct design DNA that is true to both the location and the people who will make it their home. Whether in a hotel lobby, a restaurant, or a private residence, the team seek to create meaning and connection through a distinct sense of place.

Tara Bernerd and Partners’ projects span the globe, with properties in New York, Miami, LA, London, Hong Kong and beyond. Key clients include Four Seasons, Fort Capital, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Belmond, Starwood Capital, Thompson Hotels, SIXTY Hotels, Palace Hotels and the Berkeley Group.

Meet the Senior Team

Partner, Head of Architecture

Tommy Gymnander

Tommy Gymnander is a RIBA/ARB registered Architect, who started his career in Sweden and has since built a global portfolio. Tommy has extensive experience working on luxury hotel projects, having completed work for both architectural and interior design firms. His experience in the United States and across Europe in interior design includes all project phases from initial concept to site management and final on-site installation. At Tara Bernerd & Partners, Tommy is relied heavily on to perfect the integrity of floorplans and layouts and ensure all work is of the highest architectural standard.

Studio Director

Dimos Giorgou

As Studio Director at Tara Bernerd & Partners, Dimos is responsible for overseeing the design function and bridges the link between the creative and commercial elements of the business.

Dimos ensures design excellence across all live projects. In addition to communicating the company’s creative vision to design teams and stakeholders, Dimos supervises all project teams throughout the entire design process, including all-important technical decisions.

Prior to joining us, Dimos was an Associate Director at Reardonsmith Architects, leading the in-house interiors team where he was Project Leader for a number of key projects, from Hotel Costes, London to The Savoy Suites & The Savoy Roof Gardens and the Lanesborough, amongst many others.

Partner, Head of Finance

David Beck

David Beck has worked with Tara Bernerd since inception of the company and has been instrumental in its success.  As Head of Finance, David plays a pivotal role regarding all financial matters within the business, working closely with both Tara and the HQ Team.

Partner, Head of Communications

Lucien Smith

Working alongside Tara Bernerd since 2006, Lucien Smith plays a pivotal role within the HQ team at Tara Bernerd & Partners, managing all public relations and the brand, together with client relations, industry networking, strategic planning and talent management.

Having previously worked for the internationally-acclaimed Architect, Zaha Hadid, and Interior Designer, Anouska Hempel, Lucien has a wealth of experience in the design industry, both in the UK and internationally.

Associate, Lead Designer

Sophie Deeley

Sophie is an Associate, who is a Lead Designer with a strong background in Hospitality Design. Since joining TB&P in 2018, Sophie has worked on a number of projects, quickly being appointed as Lead Designer on Belmond Maroma,  Thompson Hollywood Hotel and Son Ginard Hotel in Mallorca.

Prior to joining, Sophie worked for five years at Wimberly Interiors (WATG) on a number of hotel projects. Most notably Sophie led a team on Belmond’s Venice Simplon Orient Express as well as working with brands such as Four  Seasons, JW Marriot and Viceroy.

Associate, Lead Designer

Colin McCole

Colin is an Associate who is an experienced Lead Designer specialising in restaurant, hospitality and residential design. Since joining Tara Bernerd & Partners in 2018, Colin has been a key member of the Conrad Los Angeles team, seeing the project through to final delivery.

Prior to joining TB&P, Colin had over six years’ experience working in the UK and South Africa on a number of projects internationally with brands such as Gordon Ramsay.

Senior Operations Executive

Finn Foxcroft

As Senior Operations Executive, Finn works closely with the Studio Director and is responsible for the development of new business, managing client relations and shepherding all existing projects to yield strong creative and financial results.

Prior to joining Tara Bernerd & Partners, Finn worked at the Department of Transport and Chelsfield.

Lead Designer

Yuki Leung

Yuki Leung is a highly experienced Lead Designer. Having worked at Tara Bernerd & Partners for over nine years, Yuki has established herself as an important member of the team. As such, Yuki is lead designer on a number of hospitality projects including The Hari, Hong Kong; Zentis Osaka, Japan; Four Seasons, Fort Lauderdale.

Yuki has also worked on a number of Commercial Residential projects, including: Goldsmith’s Road, a one-off luxury home on The Peak Hong Kong; Duke’s Place Hong Kong, a high end duplex apartment; Queen’s Gate, a luxury residential development in Shanghai and Kau To Shan Townhouses in Hong Kong.

Lead Designer

Francesco Baiera

Francesco is an experienced interior designer, with a speciality in luxury design. Since joining Tara Bernerd & Partners, Francesco has been Project Lead on a hotel in Milan, The Perigon Miami, Camden Goods Yards for St George, as well as being a part of the Conrad Los Angeles team.

Prior to this, Francesco was head of interior design at at Ralph & Russo, designing their boutiques and showrooms in Doha, Dubai, Paris, London, Monte-Carlo and New York. At Studio 63 in Florence he designed Il Borro  resturants in Florence and Dubai and a furniture collection for Marioni.

Lead Designer

Sam Mingshum Lo

Sam Minghum Lo is an experienced designer who specialises in interior architecture and space planning. Since joining Tara Bernerd & Partners in 2016, he has worked on a number of key projects, including: Private residences in Milan and Gstaad, Po Shan Road Hong Kong, Goldsmith Road, Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale; Zentis Osaka; The Hari, Hong Kong, as well as Kimpton Fitzroy London.

Prior to joining us, Sam worked on a number of hotel projects including Regents Park Marriott Hotel and Westin Hotel in La Quinta, Spain; when based in Singapore he worked on a number of hotels and resorts across Asia with key brands such as Sheraton and Hyatt.

Lead Furniture Designer

Sam Aylott

Sam is a Furniture Designer with over ten years’ experience with high end bespoke furniture from concept to fruition. As a Project Lead, Sam works closely with our teams across most of our projects designing bespoke furniture pieces for each.

Prior to joining TB&P, Sam has previously worked on projects around the world for designers such as Linley, Soho Home and Studio Reed.

Creative Lead

Louise Pittas

Louise Pittas is Creative Lead with an overview of all projects. Since joining Tara Bernerd & Partners in 2015, Louise has proven herself to be an important member of the team and has worked on a number of hospitality projects. These include East Tokyo; Conrad Los Angeles; The Hari, Hong Kong; Zentis Osaka; Son Ginard, Mallorca, Four Seasons, Fort Lauderdale and Thompson Hollywood in LA. Louise has also spent a number of months in Hong Kong, which gives her a much more indepth knowledge of the city.

Louise has also worked on a number of Commercial Residential projects, including: MUWA Jade, South Korea, Po Shan Road Hong Kong, Duke’s Place Hong Kong, a super luxurious triplex penthouse apartment; One Wood Wharf a complex residential tower designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Chiswick Gate, London.