What is your design principle?
I don't think I have set style. For me, it is important and more fun to take cues from existing conditions of the project i.e. the location, building style, history etc. Those combined with my clients' preferences creates a unique design every time. However, a personal common thread within my projects is maintaining a balanced, clean, well-detailed home which is liveable and still encapsulates style.
What attracts you most in a design?
I'm attracted to the balance of appeal and practicality. That is my ideal design goal! It needs to be practical but that doesn't mean it can't be beautiful at the same time. You shouldn't have to choose between one or the other.
I don't think I'm led by common trends such as painted or timber finishes. They both have their place and are beautiful, I'd say it depends on the type of project.
Are you led by trends?
When thinking about US market trends, I'd say we are in the middle of a trend shift away from sleek and modern. People are starting to embrace more colour, wilder patterns and reintroducing antique furniture again.
You also can't underestimate the influence of Instagram, clients and designers alike are using it to find inspiration. Everyone is on it!
How do you decide on your partners in a project?
In the US, larger-scale projects come with their millworkers chosen before we start, that usually means I don't get to choose. However, when working on the Kips Bay Showhouse NYC, I got the choice to work with Clive Christian Furniture, and the project was an absolute godsend!
What would originally have been a nightmare turned into an absolute pleasure! The project was technically challenging, highly detailed oriented and required a quick turnaround. With all of this considered, Clive Christin Furniture delivered a magnificent project seamlessly.
Read more about the Kips Bay Showhouse here.
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