You are a real advocate for the beauty of imperfection. What is it about objects with a patina that you’re drawn to?
Design is an emotional thing – you walk into a space and suddenly you can’t quite put your finger on it but you feel calm or relaxed or intrigued or inspired. I find that if everything is perfect or new, it is impossible to feel at ease in a space. This is why I love vintage – that grit and rich, unknown history it offers in its patina. Same goes for marble! Let it get mucked up, stained, scratched – they are the marks of life, and thus memories. No one wants to walk into a sterile environment where everything feels too precious; a home should allow you to feel comfort.
Even before COVID-19, it seemed like there was a movement towards more comforting, sensorial homes. How do you think the inclusion of tactile elements, like a rug, can nurture our wellbeing?
Oh, the tactile is absolutely essential. Design is the interplay of materials – just the right balance of hard and soft, smooth and textured. I never want anything to feel one-noted. I love marble and angular edges, but I am always compelled to soften them with non-linear, natural materials that offer an artisanal touch of the hand – materials that will age and weather over time. A woven piece brings high design back down to reality, and that is comforting, relatable, and inviting.