Anna Murray is originally from London but calls Glasgow her ‘forever’ home. After graduating from Glasgow School of Art, she worked at leading London design practices Tilney Shane, Imagination and Morey Smith for clients including IBM, Warner Music and Heal’s. Since her return to Glasgow in 2000, she’s worked predominantly on residential projects and with her new business, Habitus, she’s helping clients to love their homes a little more.
How would you describe your signature style?
The collaborative nature of my approach means that every project is different. This keeps things fresh for me and means that clients know they are getting something unique to them – they are not getting my ‘look’.
What’s the city’s most inspiring building?
This changes all the time but I recently had a look around the old Stow College building. It’s been acquired by GSA to enhance the campus and provide a suitable home for the School of Fine Art. It’s a wonderful example of a functional 1930s building that manages to be effortlessly beautiful.
An interior you’d love to tackle?
Any of the rather generic Glasgow hotels. It is san exciting, original and innovative city but this is not generally reflected in the design of our hotels.
The city’s best kept secret?
The Hidden Lane is full of budding creative businesses and the tearoom is amazing.
What would make the city a stronger attraction?
I wish there were more furniture shops. I miss Habitat and it would be wonderful if Muji were to make a return. Thank goodness for Tojo, a design lover’s haven.
Where do you go to escape the city’s hustle and bustle?
In two minutes I can be walking along the River Kelvin looking out for kingfishers.
The best places in Glasgow
Papercup, Great Western Road
Lunch with friends
A working lunch
Alchemilla in Finnieston
The Ubiquitous Chip
A Friday night out
For Sunday brunch
Avenue G, Byres Road