A while ago I created the hashtag #ohshitseries on Instagram (now taken over by some band and foodies). I used it when I came across those ‘shiver down the spine architecture’ moments when I was travelling. Exceptional design is everywhere, for me the question is not where, but rather when. I find myself only being able to appreciate things when I’m in my most relaxed state – when I’m happy.
The one thing people always ask me is…
“What’s your favourite project or dream commission?” My answer always is the next one. I’m an eternal optimist and I always think that it will be my best project yet, there are so much more that I want to do and I can’t wait.
Three words that most appropriately sum up my approach to design are…
Functional, experiential, detailed.
What is a key influence that we can anticipate seeing in projects you are yet to release?
Belgian, Japanese, South American, German, Indian, Queenslander. This is really hard to answer, the list is nearly the whole world. The fact is every project that we work on is totally different, what remains constant is our obsession with tactility, craftsmanship and the feeling of a space.
What is the one piece of advice you would share with a young designer?
Do more research on everything. It’s amazing when you treat a project as if it’s your own, you care about it so much more, so don’t just rely on what you already know.