What advice can you offer up-and-coming designers?
Up and coming designers most probably should focus on experience and good business skills; otherwise, there is no business. Talent and enthusiasm are only the foundation.
Where do you see the interior design profession in the next 10-20 years?
Interior design professionals will always be essential to any interior. Architects design the structures; engineers add the workability and interior designers give function and style to these environments. We will always be part of the equation. Crossovers in the process rarely work.
What has been your most challenging project to date?
Projects outside the United States are as exciting as they are challenging; particularly in remote areas. One has to comply with local rules and forget nothing in the containers that need to be sent long in advance of an installation date.
Do you have a single approach to new projects or clients? I.e. what is your “signature design process”?
New clients require a fair amount of understanding and one should wish to fulfill their expectations. A happy client will always call for their next project.
My process is to create individually designed interiors to client’s needs. Some issues discussed before meeting are:
Preferred period, style and color
Architectural plans or measured drawings
Sometimes they even bring clippings of things they like
We then do a major presentation illustrating alternative solutions.”
What is most rewarding about the work you do?
The most rewarding moment of any project for me is walking through every room and seeing what I have envisioned become a reality.