How has travel shaped your work?
Travel has made me a practical designer. I obsess now over practicality and efficiency. It has also opened my mind to new ideas, new ways of approaching the creative process, and exposed me to incredibly talented people who are hugely inspiring.
Is it important for you that interiors reflect their locale?
I want to wake up knowing which country I am in. I want the personality of a region and culture to come through in the design. We achieved this at Delaire Graff Estate by working with local artisans, craftspeople and artists, incorporating their art and objects, and layering colours and textures that we felt represented the location. We never imitate or theme an interior. We take inspiration from the environment and reinterpret this into the vision and DNA of the project.
What inspires you most about South Africa?
I adore the textures. The texture of the land, the hand-worked feeling in the art and crafts, the texture in the colour… Also, there is a very special quality of light here. For me, that’s very unique to South Africa.