Our Story


Sisters Gemma Scott Knight and Abigail Rutherford (nee Walters) were brought up largely in Hong Kong and also Hampshire where they both now live. Growing up in Hong Kong allowed Gemma and Abi to travel extensively throughout the Far East as well as their beloved India.  With their thirst for travel and love of these exotic lands it encouraged Gemma and Abi to develop their own taste and unique eye for interiors.  And after a trip to Jaipur in April 2017, the bright colours and unique light of this stunning city inspired and encouraged them to create Ashoka Designs.


Handmade lampshades and lacquered lamp bases made in England


Gemma Scott Knight


Gemma moved back to her childhood roots after University and started working in Hong Kong as a specialist painter and interior designer. With over 25 years experience, Gemma designed numerous projects for private clients, hotels and restaurants throughout Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, Taiwan, Bangkok and Beijing.  Upon returning to the UK after a decade abroad, Gemma continued with her interior design and also became a soft furnishings expert specialising in upholstery, curtains, blinds, soft furnishings and lampshades.

Abigail Rutherford


Shortly after graduating from Bristol University, Abi began working in the art world in both leading London galleries and auction house Sotheby's.  She then moved into the world of luxury brands specialising in PR & Marketing for Moet Hennessy, LVMH and frequently travelled to Paris, Bordeaux and Epernay.  Abi then returned to Hong Kong as PR Director to launch the flagship hotel for Asia, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong.  Upon moving back to London,  Abi then worked in PR & Marketing for innocent drinks Ltd before moving to Dubai to start a family.