“WHEN I FIRST SAW IT, I WAS IM­ME­DI­ATELY TAKEN WITH THE ORIG­I­NAL WOODEN WIN­DOWS, HIGH CEIL­INGS, OPENPLAN SPACE, AND TWO TER­RACES.”

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Most en­gag­ing of all is Liam’s im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of chairs. From a pair of orig­i­nal Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh picked up for a song to a 1946 piece by Danish icon Ole Wan­scher, Liam’s col­lec­tion is eclec­tic yet co­he­sive. He’s also not prissy about his finds, en­cour­ag­ing guests to use them. “I col­lect pieces I love, but not al­ways for the same rea­son. Some I love be­cause of the way they look and oth­ers be­cause of their de­sign rel­e­vance, like the Robin Day polyprop chair—the first in­jec­tion-molded chair ever made. Not all chairs in my col­lec­tion are by fa­mous de­sign­ers. Some are no-name, but still beau­ti­ful. That be­ing said, I never buy repli­cas.”

Liam ap­proached the de­sign of his own space just as he does his clients’ homes. “I made sure to cre­ate sev­eral ar­eas so that there is an in­ter­est­ing view at ev­ery point while you move through the apart­ment. I wanted it to be in­ter­est­ing on many lev­els and to feel like there is some­thing to dis­cover around all cor­ners.” Thanks to the open-plan can­vas, Liam is able to shift things on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. “I am con­stantly chang­ing the in­te­rior, it’s kind of my hobby. Homes grow with the owner, and I don’t think they’re meant to stay the same. Some days, I’m feel­ing min­i­mal and will pack ev­ery­thing away, oth­ers I crave stuff and will layer it ob­ses­sively.”

Liam’s bed­room is some­thing of an as­cetic space—a rest­ful re­treat for a busy man whose life is crammed with visual in­for­ma­tion. Liam de­signed the el­e­gant side ta­ble, while the art­work is by Maria Marais. Get sim­i­lar sim­ple bed linen lo­cally at Habi­tat.

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