How has your personal concept of luxury changed over the years?
The word "luxury" is often used interchangeably with the word "expensive"—you own a luxury watch or drive a luxury car, for example. But the real definition of luxury is something that you treasure. I think there are treasures at every price point including the $1.00 chocolate truffle I ate earlier today. In my design work I try and focus on what people treasure to make their life more luxurious.
What do your clients consider modern luxuries?
A variety of things. For example, I'm working with a young family that lives in a small apartment here in the city. They wanted the living room to work both as a family gathering place to watch a movie as well as a formal entertaining center when necessary. For them the luxury was having a design that emphasized flexibility. The room needed to look sophisticated but include materials and fabrics that were hardwearing and stain resistant. For another young client who had just started a new job with a demanding workload, time was a luxury. Hiring our firm to create a comprehensive interior quickly so that he could invest his full energy in his career was a luxury.