Do you have a plan for the future, or any idea how you would like your practice to develop?
“I have a bit of a long-term view, but I am also just seeing how things go. When people ask me what I do, I say I am a designer, and they say what do you design, I say what anyone will let me. It’s mainly furniture and lighting, but I would love to do interiors and other things. I really like the collaboration with brands and manufacturers. Working with SCP, who have an amazing level of expertise in upholstery, I get to go and work closely with Tim (Tim Cox, the Director of Coakley & Cox, SCP’s specialist upholstery factory) and the team in the factory and I learn loads, which is amazing. I think the main thing I want to do is to keep learning and improving, and what will come will come. I am more trying to focus on an approach to design than on what it is I design.”
How has 2020 been for you, with the pandemic, lockdown and all?
“In the first couple of months, I took this little box room in the house and made it into a studio. It was weird at first and I didn’t feel very creative, but then I got really into it. I actually really enjoyed just being able to get up, make a cup of coffee and start working. It was like working from home again, like I did all that time ago. I actually quite enjoyed that, the time it gave me to work on other things and work up lots of ideas that I had, but hadn’t had the time to focus on. I managed to resolve a few concepts and then sent a lot of these out. It’s strangely been quite fruitful and I now have a few new clients off the back of that, which is great. I did a lot of work in the garden too, I felt like I turned into a sixty-year-old man for a few months, which felt good. It gave me time to reflect on who I am as a designer, it gave me time to sit back and look and frame it all a bit more clearly. It’s a work in progress, but I feel content with that.”