Why did you decide to become a designer?
I know the exact moment I wanted to be a designer. It was Christmas of 1991, when I was 13 years old, and I was part of a church carolling group that visited the home of local architect Raymond Woo. I was blown away immediately by the interiors. The volumetric approach to handling space completely transformed the quality of what I understood up to that point in my life as a dwelling – everything from the bespoke crafted detailing, to the sensitive use of materials and colour to shape how the space worked, the artful arrangement of furniture and the pieces of art. That moment was profound for me in realising that spaces speak. They have a “life” and as designers, we have the ability to use them to transform how inhabitants feel and interact with them. It has been my goal since to create spaces that communicate emotion, where they can balance the relationship between inhabitant and shelter.
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