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If you had a signature color, what would it be? Green. Even my business card is green. After all, my country is the “emerald isle” of Ireland!
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? An artist, a developer of international, integrative, joyful wellness centers, a writer of poetry and a vegan executive chef…can i go on?
What was your favorite part about working with Duralee on your collection? The extraordinary team work with the design development group and marketing and management’s deep understanding of the need to develop a "green" collection.
If you were to pick a song as your anthem, what is it? Today it is IMAGINE by John Lennon, tomorrow it could be calypso jazz.
Design trends tend to be cyclical, what trend would you like to see make a comeback? Which do you wish would never return? I like the word movement rather than trend. The rear view mirror for design should only be used to inform the present and the future. The bauhaus in that case was a period of simplicity and intelligent design. Mies van der rohe’s glass houses could not abide from design so, in my opinion, it can not come back. I never want to see louis quinze in the 21st century except as a genuine antique.
If you were to collaborate with any fashion designer, who would it be? I am a fashion designer myself so the collaboration would be with me but if i was not in the mood to collaborate or feeling grouchy with myself, Donna Karan and Norma Kamali would be my choices for their holistic approach to living, their philanthropy and gorgeous collections.
Where is the most inspiring place you’ve ever been? I have travelled in over ninety countries and each one has packed my brain with vivid inspring images - in fact I have so many images, sounds and colors - I just google my internal camera for inspiration. Yesterday it was the Bayer campus in Aspen today it is Broadway, New York but with a Caribbean client!
If you could live on any movie set, which one would you pick? The one with Brad Pitt as leading actor.
What is the best advice you could give a new designer just starting out? Go inside yourself and find out who you are, what you like, and figure out where you want to go in design. Follow that path with passion. Take risks, and if you find that you don’t like the path you are on, change gears and get onto another one with equal passion and ferocity until you find the right one. Stop thinking about goals and start by enjoying the process.
If you had to choose any other designer to design your home, who would it be and why? Tadao Ando for his silent strength and textured minimalsim.
Do you have any hidden talents? I have and i keep them hidden.
What’s on your wish-list right now? To visit angkor wat , to learn knife skills as i love to cook and hate to prep ,to dance to reggae wherever it is playing and to romp with my family and to design a school.
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