CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Surrey Life today CLICK HERE

Wowhaus Design, Guildford (since moved to Weybridge) - Surrey's best interior designers

PUBLISHED: 14:02 28 September 2011 | UPDATED: 06:48 23 September 2014

Wowhaus Design, Guildford - Surrey's best interior designers

Wowhaus Design, Guildford - Surrey's best interior designers

Bringing a new dimension to Surrey interiors, Emma Saffin is one half of the dynamic Wowhaus Design, which is based in Guildford, along with business partner Marcella Dunne

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2011

Interview by Janet Donin


It’s no coincidence that Wowhaus Design aligns itself with the revolutionary Bauhaus movement of the 1920s, since both promote innovative design while embracing the classical roots of architecture. 

The company opened just three years ago in Guildford, with the clear vision of offering a broader approach to interior design.

“Essentially, we’re driven by a sense of architectural awareness,” explains 31-year-old Emma Saffin, pictured above left.

In short, working mostly on new builds and refurbishments, Wowhaus start off with the architectural plans and bring them to life through detailed drawings. These begin as sketches and are then developed on the computer.

“Our flair is in our creative knowledge and our skill is in the documentation of architectural details,” continues Emma.

Before considering the furnishings, the ceilings, flooring, the positioning of doorways, the shape of a staircase, creative lighting and even the internal layout of rooms are all addressed, because theirs is very much a technical as well as a visual approach to interiors.

“Clients often have an idea of what they want but struggle in knowing how to achieve it,” says Emma. “So we work with them through the various levels of design to help them achieve their dreams.”

In my view...

What do you love most about your home?
It’s a space I’ve tailored to suit my needs, which welcomes me home each evening.

Tell us the best thing about your job?
The diversity of our clients and their projects.

Has any one designer influenced your style?
Eileen Gray. She was a significant designer of the early 20th century’s contemporary movement who explored many aspects of creative design.

How do you like to relax?
Travel, travel, travel. As an Australian, I’m aware of what’s on our doorstep and grab any opportunity to experience new cultures.

Name your signature colour?
Warm grey, because it’s a great canvas for many accent colours.

What’s the next thing you will buy for your home?
I love adding to my collection of artwork, be it a big statement piece or small ceramic.

More from Surrey Life


The new hotel is set to open in spring 2019 and will be located in the heart of the vineyard, offering sweeping views over the North Downs Way.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:53

From Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas markets and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Surrey this season

Read more
Yesterday, 10:47

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Yesterday, 10:41

Having bloomed in Brighton’s restaurant scene over the past decade, The Chilli Pickle opened its second site in Guildford this summer

Read more
Mon, 14:32

Historic Royal Palaces and IMG have announced that Kylie Minogue is the first headliner confirmed for Hampton Court Palace Festival 2019. These will be her only London shows of summer 2019. Here’s how you can get tickets

Read more
Mon, 12:56

Enjoy this linear rail to ramble section of the Thames Down Link route taking the short train-ride from Box Hill & Westhumble to Ashtead before walking back

Read more
Mon, 12:13

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend (16, 17 and 18 November): art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Friday, November 9, 2018

We round up 10 of the most beautiful photos of Surrey shared on Instagram this week…

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It’s that time of year when our beautiful countryside is alight with the colours of autumn. Here, we pick out some of her favourite spots to enjoy the seasonal splendour – as well as some perfect places for a post-walk refresher

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Found on the stretch of the River Thames between Weybridge and East Molesey, Sunbury-on-Thames is blessed with a village feel where it meets the water. From antique hunts to the joys of river life, here are a few of our favourite reasons to visit

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2018

Verity & Violet are Loui and Jess – a singing duo from Surrey who specialise in blending vintage classics with modern favourites. The two have achieved success in the capital, but are now hoping to attract an audience closer to home

Read more
Friday, November 2, 2018

With the Christmas celebrations seemingly starting earlier every year, it all feels a little too ‘soon’ sometimes, but what if you want to look your best for Christmas & New year celebrations and are considering having cosmetic non-surgical procedures? The Bella Vou Pantiles Clinic offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures and treatments from a purpose-built private clinic in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells

Read more
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Living in England’s most densely wooded county, it’s always a pleasure to witness Surrey donning its autumn finery. Here’s some of the best places to do just that - plus a few pub pit stops to enjoy on route!

Read more
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We are regularly reminded of the high cost of housing with statistics revealing that only one in three millennials will be able to afford their own home during their lifetime and that most will remain in the category known as Generation Rent

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search