Monique: Staffan and I have very different life and work approaches. His mantra is a fairly gung-ho ‘Why not?’ yelled as he leaps from opportunity to opportunity, not looking behind him or even down to see if there are cracks or precipices in his way. This attitude is shared, I’m told, by serial entrepreneurs. Mine is much more cautious—perhaps shaped by a mother that could extrapolate death from any given situation.
I was told a lot growing up that ‘That’s how people get killed’. My mom would be referring to something as mundane as a child walking with their hands in their pockets on a tar road. So, I’m a lot more cautious—more ‘How, why, when?’ than ‘Why not?’ Our practice has been shaped by these two forces: one always forging forward, the other trying to perfect the path and pick out the obstacles in the way.
I see this in the fact that we have grown steadily, but never exponentially. We’ve never had to fire people because we needed to expand then contract quickly. We’ve morphed from a business offering only design services, to one that now has four key departments, with people at the top of their game leading them.
A beautiful flagship design store and two stores in the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour (though in the post Covid-19 world, we need to keep our fingers crossed); a small but perfectly shaped design studio that brings its residential focus and know-how into all sizes and shapes of homes and, increasingly, commercial spaces when our clients are looking for a more ‘resi-mercial’ feel.