What brought you to upholstering?
I got involved in the short stay rental market, and I met people with pieces of furniture that didn’t work for them, so they would get new ones to replace the old. I realised that most people had sofas, that are so integral to our lives, that weren’t working for them.
Is your craft about people’s comfort?
I believe in egalitarianism, everyone should be able to afford luxury even if they don’t have money. Living in a nice environment shouldn’t be exclusive to the rich, why should somebody with no money endure a sofa that is bad for them?
How would you define your artistic mindset?
I design one piece at a time, one person at a time, one idea at a time. It’s all about the people, that’s what furniture is. I want to show people that upcycling is about sustainability, and sustainability is about humanity. It’s idealistic, but it’s working.
What do you love most about your profession?
Changing people’s life for the better by making them more comfortable. Having a piece of bespoke furniture made for you is a deeply personal thing, it is as unique as you. Understanding what tiny differences I can make is the key to a good life.