What’s your own home like?
We have our stunning Birds in Chains wallpaper (above) across one wall of the house which makes for a brilliant backdrop to bold simpler shapes in furniture and objects. I use almost all of my cushions throughout the home to punctuate the space, they really give the space a sense of place as they are made of the most stunning materials and the colour in them is extremely contemporary. It's important for me to make my home feel alive and a space of evolution so I am constantly swapping furniture around.
How important is colour in everyday life at home?
Good design is my focus. I would encourage people to play with trends - don’t be governed by them, style and personality is much more important. That means having the bravery to “say” what you want. I can’t think of a better way to do that than with colour.
Do you have a favourite colour palette to work with?
I have a core colour palette of deep reds and magentas, greys, olive greens, golds and royal blues which gives the collections a very good sense of unity. If you look at the colours I choose within each design you will notice a lot of pastels and some very soft colours but I will always contrast that next to a bright magenta or gold, for example. I think my unique stance brings the energy and scale to the work and provides the work with a power and a strong resonance.
Where are your go-to shops for homeware?
I believe that retail done well can be a magical uplifting experience. Liberty, Heal's and Lane Crawford are really interesting at the moment and I love to Visit Mint in Kensington as I show there every year and it always has one of the most remarkable edits of furniture in London. I’m not a compulsive shopper - more a collector.
What one thing can’t you resist buying?
I love collecting plants especially succulents and ornamental trees. My ambition for my home is to one day have great potted garden filled with rare specimens and varieties of plants and shapes for me to arrange into a dynamic visual feast.
What’s at the top of your wish-list at the moment?
The Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer. I used to look after one but only had the pleasure of its company for four short weeks!
Where do you go for inspiration?
Nature is my greatest inspiration, I used to spend all summer with my grandparents down in the west country collecting rocks and bits of dry sea weed and running through the landscape, there is something very humbling about nature at its rawest.
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