Find it very frustrating when people are writing down notes or sticking Post-Its because I feel like they’re not really experiencing emotionally what’s going on.” – Francesca Amfitheatrof
wherever I may be. It’s sort of like, suddenly lunch will appear, and I find a moment to eat it while I’m doing something. 1PM I then work the studio and go up to every designer at their desk to find out what they are doing; to tweak, adjust, and comment on their work. There are roughly 20 designers involved in all the different categories. I’ll then touch base with the studio director, and we’ll discuss to see if there’s anything important that needs to involve the studio. I have a thing about Post-It notes. You know, with a lot of people, I’ll talk and they’ll be sticking Post-It notes, and I’ll be like, “Argh ... Don’t [laughs]!” I like to have things that last; I hate things that are throwaway. I also tend to remember things. So I can sit and have a conversation, and I don’t need to take notes. I’m always in the present. And I find it very frustrating when people are writing down notes or sticking Post-Its because I feel like they’re not really experiencing emotionally what’s going on. 3PM Also, every Monday, there’s a meeting with the coloured stones department. They’ll show us the stones that they have sourced and we’ll work around the stones if they’re very important stones. Or we’ll say to them that we have designs that need these stones to be sourced. There’s this backwards and forwards and they’ll come to us with different stones; different colour variations; different ways of cutting them. It takes a long time; this may be the longest process actually, finding the right stones. And I tend to design pieces that have a lot of custom cuts. So, basically, Mondays are mainly to get everybody within the design studio set for the rest of the week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I try mainly to work on design. On Thursdays, I purely just do meetings all day with production and end with marketing. And Fridays are days that I try and keep free so that I can to go and see something, at museums and the like; or have more meetings. 7PM I tend to work till about 6 or 7pm before going home and hanging out with the kids and looking at their homework. They don’t watch TV during the week so they’d be sketching or we’d play chess or whatever. We try to do something before dinner. 8.30PM I put the kids to bed; it takes about an hour to get that done. I’ll try to not go out; if I do go out, I tend to go straight from work and not from home. So, it just depends. I try to keep it to a minimum if I can. 10PM I’d have an early night because I’d be
pretty tired by this time and I’d just fall right to sleep.
Celebrities in Tiffany & Co. designs: (from top) Rachel Weisz, Reese Witherspoon, and Rachel McAdams