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