Even if they show you an image they love, for me it’s about interpreting what they love about it and using that in a way that looks fresh and new. I aim to give them something that they didn’t see by themselves and that they weren’t expecting.
On finding the right products
I try to look at as much as possible when sourcing, part of that is today made much easier through digital shopping. I just submitted these outdoor chairs from a supplier on eporta that I had never seen before - I’m always looking for something new!
What I’ve found is that I can do a lot more research now at my desk, and now I find I’ll walk into a showroom here or in New York or wherever and people will look at you like you’re from another planet, you’re almost startling them because nobody buys in person anymore!
Obviously I source from all over so I can’t get everywhere but I really do try to see things in person, and if that’s online, then I ask for a chip, a sample or finish, and more images.
Having a big selection and really scrutinising products is a little more time consuming but worth it. It can be that one special thing that really distinguishes a project.
On European vs US Design
I do really like to source a lot from European suppliers. I don’t mean to sound like a snob, but I think the quality of materials and what you find there is elevated. That doesn’t mean there aren't some amazing resources here in America, but I look to Europe for 50% of my aesthetic I would say.
On her favourite eporta items