What is the best thing that I love about my work? I get to spend my days thinking, writing and talking about design, the future and people. Having the freedom to do this is a privilege and being free from many of the constraints people experience in their working lives is something I truly appreciate.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Reaching a place of true contentment within myself…a feeling of complete acceptance.
What is my greatest fear? That time is passing too quickly.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I overthink things – spending time playing things over in my mind.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Anyone who is fearless in their life and their work.
What is my greatest extravagance? Travelling in comfort.
On what occasion would I lie? To protect someone I love.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I dislike repeating things. Ideally I prefer that events exist in one moment only. But often I have to do the same thing several times (like a seminar) and then somehow it’s not as authentic.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? The time and place I am happiest and most confident exists in the same time and place I am most anxious and exposed…on stage giving a speech in front of an audience. It’s a strange dual state that I haven’t quite resolved yet, but there is sometimes a point in those situations when I can step out of myself briefly and think ‘You’re doing it!’
If I could, what would I change about myself? I’d like to be more spontaneous.
What is my greatest achievement in work? To have been able to make a living doing something I love for a long time through my own hard work, luck, skill and through harnessing the skills of other people.
Where would I most like to live? I would like a simple life near to the sea somewhere in the Mediterranean region. A Greek island perhaps. However I’m working on creating a sense of ‘home’ within myself that I can tap into wherever I am and because I travel a lot I find it very comforting.
What is my most treasured possession? My memory.
What is my most marked characteristic? I’m a planner, which is both a good and bad characteristic.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I don’t have anywhere that I consider to be ‘my city’.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Home is the best – out on the terrace eating home cooked food and drinking red wine.
What books influenced my life and how? I read a lot of Henry Miller when I was younger and he taught me to be hungry for life. He made me excited to experience all the happiness and sadness and love and pain and highs and lows of it all.
Who are my favourite writers? I enjoy reading the biographies and autobiographies of talented people.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen to on my last day? My whole life I have heard The Beatles. This has been my soundtrack, so I hope I’ll be listening to Lennon & McCartney. But other than that, the sound of the sea through an open window would be music to my ears.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Strong women in strong roles… Maxine Peake and Nicola Walker are current favourites.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My step-grandchildren.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Metropolis.
What role does art play in my life and work? It’s a catalyst for me to take time to contemplate deeply and to feel deeply.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My husband.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? Any talented, competent, honest, passionate designers.
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? I would like to have the opportunity to see Marcel Wanders speak about his work.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? Right now I’m preparing for the INDEX exhibition in Dubai (16th-18th Sept) and I’m really looking forward to presenting trend seminars there and curating the Design Hub.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Being creative is at the core of who I am.
Which creative heroine should Peter invite to tell their story? Kerri Hollingsworth (of Antiquate)
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