Alfresco ac­tion

Je f f r e y Al a n M a r k s A morn­ing walk pre­pares this de­signer for a day of cre­ativ­ity.

Belle - - The O F F Ice - Pho­to­graph FELIX FOR­EST

HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE YOUR STU­DIO? It’s an open-plan stu­dio by the beach in Mal­ibu. We are all hands-on with ev­ery project and work very closely. WHAT INI­TIALLY AP­PEALED TO YOU ABOUT THE SPACE? The light com­ing in and the glow com­ing off the wa­ter. I am a wa­ter baby and of­ten have a break dur­ing the day to take a pad­dle­board in the ocean. WHAT ARE YOUR DESK ES­SEN­TIALS? A great leather blotter, the new­est imac and fresh flow­ers. WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE? HOW

DOES IT REFLECT THE WORK THAT YOU DO? My work is very fresh and in­spired by the land and sea. I start each day with a walk and think about what I want to get ac­com­plished. I find un­less I do that I hon­estly don’t think best in an ‘of­fice’. I’m bet­ter cre­at­ing out­side. DE­SCRIBE THE VIEW FROM YOUR OF­FICE? Right out over the ocean. I need that to feel free! I love my drive to work down the Pa­cific Coast High­way. DE­SCRIBE A T YPICAL DAY? Morn­ing hike, job site, con­struc­tion meet­ings, staff meet­ing at of­fice, prod­uct meet­ing, al­ways a quick lunch by my­self to re-group, hope­fully get in a standup pad­dle­board and back to the of­fice ... we never stay past 5pm. We need a life too. DO YOU USE YOUR OF­FICE TO EN­TER­TAIN CLIENTS? Some­times – de­pends if I like the clients! I don’t like bad en­ergy in my space. WHAT IS A DREAM DESK PIECE YOU WOULD BUY RIGHT NOW? Her­mès desk ac­ces­sories. IF YOUR STU­DIO WERE LO­CATED ANY­WHERE

I’m just open­ing a new of­fice in As­pen. So ex­cited as I love to spend time there. TELL US ABOUT YOUR COL­LAB­O­RA­TION WITH KING LIV­ING

AND THE IN­SPI­RA­TION BE­HIND THE TEX­TILES COL­LEC­TION? I feel in­cred­i­bly lucky to work with King Liv­ing and I am very proud of our de­sign col­lab­o­ra­tion. The fab­ric col­lec­tion was in­spired by imag­in­ing the sea un­der the shin­ing moon­light. I al­ways aim to sur­round my­self with na­ture and so the col­lec­tion takes a con­sid­ered ap­proach to the nat­u­ral el­e­ments that have in­spired me. Play­ing with re­laxed blue hues and pat­terns, I also wanted to add a mod­ern twist to the time­less so­fas at King Liv­ing. I think the col­lec­tion is a re­flec­tion of the Aus­tralian coast­line, and the re­laxed Aus­tralian way of liv­ing. jam-de­

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