We spend a lot of time going talking to clients to understand how they plan to live in and use the house. We make sure they don’t compromise on the day-to-day functionality, because that’s what makes a property really work. In lockdown we had so many messages from clients saying how well their homes were working for them, which was the greatest compliment.
Comfort is also key – we don’t create show homes, we create environments that reflect the personalities of our clients. There are some signatures in our work – for example, the joinery and architectural detailing are always very strong – but the actual aesthetic can vary considerably.
We were both raised in English country style houses by mothers who were interested in interior design. It’s amazing how the environment you’re raised in can really influence your aesthetic. We have never designed anything in a beige way. When we started out, our approach was probably different to what everyone else was doing – minimalist and clean – but we’ve always tried to embrace colour and pattern.