1. How important is it to you to have an organised home?
One should not underestimate the impact that a well ordered home has on quality of life. A well thought-out organisation plan can improve productivity, well being, invite calmness and clear thinking, and also make it a more enjoyable space to live in and share with others.
2. What’s your organising style?
It is important to understand and decide upon the function required for each room in your house – different rooms require different organisation strategies. For example, I see my living area as a bit of a ‘museum’ for meaningful objects that I’ve collected or been given over my life. This includes artwork and objects positioned on walls and on the floor as well display shelving to place smaller objects and books. To me, it is important that a home has character and that it is personal – there is nothing worse than walking into a house that feels like a showroom.
As a keen cook, my kitchen is often a hive of activity – whether preparing a Sunday roast or entertaining friends. I have a plentiful amount of ingredients and tools, it’s important to ensure that everything has its place so that you know where to find things – this is especially important in shared spaces. I prefer open shelves to store regular-use objects – logically positioned; with regular-use items close to hand. I hang my pots on the walls, almost as a form of decoration. A select number of occasional/seasonal items can be stowed away in cupboards.
In many homes, cupboards can become the refuge of items that we never use – a sort of purgatory. I tend to have seasonal clear-outs to rid of the items that I no longer use, I don’t use any form of garage, it just goes straight to the charity shop!
3. Which interiors brand do you keep going back to and why?
You can’t beat the Conran Shop for Italian classics such as Cassina, Flos and Vitra. I like to balance this with antique vintage items, whether from flea market in Paris or Medina in Marrakech. Oh, and if it’s not good enough for the Design Museum, it’s certainly not good enough for my home!
4. Is there a design item you covet?
This would have to be the Georgian Draftsman’s table given to me by my father. Other than the sentimental value, its extendable writing surface is perfectly suited to housing a desktop computer station.
5. Do your organising skills extend to your workplace and desk?
Creative projects have a habit of generating clutter in their wake – delegation is key here. Within the design studio, everyone takes responsibility for keeping shared workspaces in order, as well as their own.
Pegboard is used throughout the building, in the workshop and even in the kitchen – great for storing all kinds of tools and disposables – this ensures that everything has its place. Our studio walls are lined with Pinboard to display inspirational imagery – better there (where you can enjoy it) than in a draw.
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6. Which possessions do you love to have around you?
Items given to me by friends and family are the most treasured.
7. Can you find things easily in your wardrobe?
The first thing I did when I moved into my house in Bayswater is rip off all the wardrobe doors. I find it more satisfying to organise in this way and it reminds me of the neatly ordered compartments of a hardware store – something that fascinated me as a child.
8. What will you never get rid of?
My terrible sense of humour! Either that, or my desire to improve quality of life through intelligent design and innovation – consequential design is a big part of the studio.
9. Do you collect anything?
I currently own nine Moulten bicycles, and counting! Some of them are used to decorate walls, but I use at least one of them daily.
10. Do you have any organising tips you can share?
Take time to understand the demands and habits of your household and create a plan that works in harmony with this – never be afraid to delegate!
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