Dream Jobs: Charlotte Crosby of Farrow & Ball

Dream Jobs: Charlotte Crosby of Farrow & Ball

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Jennifer Hunter
Nov 19, 2014
(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

Welcome to Dream Jobs, a new series where we ask some of the coolest, smartest and most creative people working in design today to tell us all about their jobs and just what they did to get there.

First up is Charlotte Crosby, Head of Creative at Farrow & Ball, one of our all-time favorite paint and wallpaper sources. The proof? The Apartment Therapy office walls are currently sporting a color called "Charlotte's Locks" named after, you guessed it, this lovely lady. Let's get started.


When did you know what you wanted to do?

During my first job at a bank, I seemed to be spending more time drawing pictures for the learning and development team than I was doing Swiss Market Intelligence, and at that point I realized I needed a role where I could really use my creativity.

Where’d you go to school? What did you study?

I actually studied Management Science at the University of Warwick, which has been a really good grounding for the more commercial side of my current role.

How did you score your current job?

It was really just a case of being in the right place and the right time, although a love of design, interiors and colour certainly helps as well!

What does a typical day look like for you?

This is a really tough question for me as I’m in one of those jobs where no two days are the same! Today, for example, I got into the office at 7.30am, tidied up the paperwork on my desk and then set up for the filming of two stop motion shorts. I had a discussion with my team about the Christmas window displays for our 51 showrooms worldwide before lunch and afterwards, I painted a mounted trout’s head before being interviewed by a Canadian magazine. The rest of my afternoon involved meetings about product development and ideas for our next campaign. This evening I'll leave anything between 6.30pm and 8pm and because it's wintery outside, I'll most likely end up under a blanket with some friends watching a good film.

What’s the coolest thing about your job?

Undoubtedly it’s the variety of work and all the travel I do. From visiting our Japanese agent earlier this year to looking for inspiration at various trade shows, every day is different! It’s also the people - I’m fortunate enough to work with incredibly talented, kind-hearted and hardworking people.

What’s the worst part of your job?

Spending a day shooting an AMAZING house then remembering I live in a small apartment!

What advice would you give to someone looking to do what you do?

When you first start out make your priority learning and absorbing as much as you can from any and every discipline (even finance!) rather than about moving up the ladder. Be open to try things, even if you don't think you'll like them. Work experience or internships over summer holidays are definitely worth it to understand whether the creative environment is how you imagine it will be.

What else should we know about what you do?

From the outside my job looks like it’s purely creative, but surprisingly, there is actually a lot of logic and analysis involved.

Make sure to check out Charlotte's amazing work over at Farrow & Ball.

Thanks so much, Charlotte!

Welcome to Dream Jobs, a new series where we ask some of the coolest, smartest and most creative people working in design today to tell us all about their jobs and just what they did to get there.



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