What do you consider first when designing/redesigning a space?
I love to allow one piece, whether that be a sofa, piece of art, the patina of a vintage find, or a material, lead the way. I like to allow each piece to inform the next — to me these are the building blocks of design. I find that allowing design to unfold piece by piece, material by material is when the magic of design can take you by surprise. A perfect example of this is if you have a soft material like velvet that also has a bulbous shape, you might want to pair it with an angular piece in a harder material — this was my process in initially choosing my 1970’s Mario Bellini sofa and uniting it with a two tiered marble coee table from Apparatus Studio in my living room.
Design really is so personal—it has to begin with you! In my opinion, there are no hard-and-fast rules. Each of us has a guttural instinct when we see something that we’re attracted to. Anything that truly makes your heart sing should find its rightful place in your home, whether you’re a designer or not. Pay attention to what your eye lingers on when shopping or traveling—those objects become personal, intimate, and a reflection of who you are.