South African’s tend to have this nasty habit of thinking that they can have a go at just about anything! There is something in our culture that is all about can do/make do, plunge right in – truth be told, it is actually a little bit frightening! What I’m trying to explain, is how I suddenly got to be designing a furniture line for my lovely friends Joanne Lee and Ray Hallare, the young entrepreneur brother/sister team, that started an interior designer line of furniture out of their family factory in the Philippines.
After we became friends, bumping into each other at events, we started talking about working together on a couple of furniture pieces. Sure, I can do that! – says me scribbling a couple of designs in my Moleskine on one of my endless flights to my homeland. When they asked if they could get everything drawn to scale, and with 3D views, I had a massive panic, and then got schooled really fast!
The one thing that I was really sure of, was the way I wanted my furniture to look. From the time I started getting pocket money, my sister and I would spend hours sifting through dusty second-hand shops. My love of unusual furniture has never waned. From the lowliest country chair, to the loftiest chest inlaid with rare woods, if it has that special odd little twist, it claims my heart.
My well-traveled collection is based on furniture that I own or wish I had owned!