Having studied and worked in the design field over many years I focus my work on designs from full space planning, to cabinet and furniture design and detail. As a designer and not a "decorator" I favour working on custom designing any furniture that is used in the spaces I work on to selecting existing furniture. I suppose I would say I design rather than shop! I do however also specify good quality furniture from ethical brands that I feel work well with and compliment my designs.
I have worked with some great local cabinet and furniture makers who are happy to take on some interesting design challenges that I may send their way. I like to work with local talent to support their work in the knowledge that their creations are being produced under ethical manufacturing processes and are custom made to my designs for my individual clients.
Custom designed and made furniture has been a great success in my designs. I would encourage this idea for any of my clients who are looking for furniture to team the designed spaces I work on.
It's all about quality over scale! I have been inspired by great designers all over the world from different climates and population numbers. With our increasing global population we are seeing the need for more condensed living in younger developed parts of the world where space has for too long been the norm.
Part of my design philosophy is to focus on detail, to connect smaller scaled designs well with nature over large scale spaces that use up a lot of space and lack character and meaning. Where budgets are concerned in the projects I work on I would encourage scaling down an area to the size it needs to be for its use and finishing and detailing it well.