Having trained as a furniture designer with a master’s in industrial design, Alexei started her career in lighting; supplying product designs to high street retailers including Heals, Marks & Spencer, Laura Ashley and Designers at Debenhams. For the past eight years, she has worked at Next, both designing products and helping co-ordinate the look and feel of ranges. Alexei became Head of Design at the ‘Home Retail Group – Argos & Homebase’, before it evolved into Sainsburys Argos, where she set the trends, ran the design team and work closely with branding, buying, marketing. Alexei joined WGSN in July as a senior editor for the lifestyle and interior team, working on colour, forecasts, furniture & lighting, decorative accessories, print & pattern, textiles, kids, walls & floors