What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?
I do not have the feeling that design is moving in any one particular direction. I am personally bored with “trends” and “directional” design. On one side I see a new simplicity emerging, NOT minimalism, and on the other a new bold theatricality based on a truly eclectic mix of elements.
What are the key influencing elements at present?
We are finding a reduction in the number of clients who want very high-technology gadgetry in their homes, efficient simplicity is key, without the overkill. Comfort, luxury and quiet glamour are what we are concentrating on at present and achieving more individuality for each client.
What sort of projects are you working on at the moment?A mixed bag at present in London, houses in Knightsbridge and Docklands, a penthouse in W2 and a terrific contemporary “studio” house near Portobello Road among others. We have also been working in China recently and beginning a project in Delhi, India.
There are also continuous new developments within our showroom / retail shop on Pimlico Road, with new furniture designs, antiques and vintage pieces constantly changing. This side of the business keeps us current with other designers and the public’s requirements.
A designer’s work is so diverse – how do you manage to hold down a career and a life?
If you love what you do and have the passion for it, a design career becomes way of life in itself……………………………with frequent vacations!
Name 5 key essentials for 2012 and beyond
How important do you feel Design Awards are as recognition of designers talents and achievements?
Very important. I won the Andrew Martin, International Interior Designer of the Year in 1998 after being in the business for only 4 years. This propelled my career forward and won me enormous respect within the profession.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To maximise on what I have whilst moving forward. Quality wins over quantity every time for me.
The car you drive?
Your favourite place to travel to in the world?
British Virgin Islands
Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar?
Omeros restaurant in the hills above Florence
The place that gives you the most energy?
And the place that enables you to totally relax?
Your favourite food and drink?
G & T’s mixed by me, Champagne and seafood.