‘London offers such a broad spectrum of suppliers and designers working in varied styles. In part, this is because of our farreaching design history as well as because of the cultural diversity of its inhabitants. We’re also lucky enough to be surrounded by inspiring architecture and some of the best public art collections in the world, from the V&A to the Design Museum and the Tate galleries—they’re all huge sources of inspiration.
It’s also an extremely dynamic environment. London has a history of house-price growth that encourages people to spend money refurbishing their homes in a way that isn’t true of other capitals. We do a lot of work in Switzerland, where the residential market is much more stable and, as a result, it’s less common for people to overhaul their houses with the latest in design. Owners just don’t have the same confidence that they will recover what they spend doing the work when they come to selling their home. Brexit is going to be interesting. I do think that the degree of cultural diversity may change, but, fundamentally, we have such a strong design history that I think people will still look to London to lead the way.’
‘London has a history of house-price growth that encourages people to spend money’