SUZIE MC ADAM
LEADING INTERIOR DESIGNER
AND FOUNDER OF SUZIE MC ADAM DESIGN
What are your favourite features in your car? Pilot Assist. It is so intuitive, and I feel very secure and safe on long journeys. Also, the Thor’s Hammer headlights, the vertically stacked rear-light clusters and heavily sculpted doors. Why Volvo? For me, design and safety are the key priorities when selecting a car. Volvo is at the cutting edge of both, so has always appealed to me as a brand. The XC60 suits my lifestyle perfectly, with the space I need as an interior designer during the week visiting building sites and running into the city for meetings. Then, at the weekends, I like to escape to the mountains for long walks with my dog. Is road safety on your radar as a driver? Road safety is incredibly important to me. Every day, we hear of tragedies on our roads. Driving a Volvo gives me comfort and confidence that I am one of the safest drivers on the road. What are your must-haves in your glove box? Probably a secret stash of dark chocolate! I love Avène Thermal Spring Water facial spray too. It can do wonders to keep you refreshed on a long journey.
Air con or windows down? Air con. I love how quiet the car can be, so I like to have the windows closed and an ambient temperature set by the central system.
Do you prefer the radio blasting or silence? Somewhere in the middle. I love listening to podcasts on long journeys. Time is one of the most valuable commodities to me, so I hate to waste any. I have some of my best ideas while driving.
What county is the best for a weekend road trip? Scenery-wise, I don’t think anywhere can beat Kerry. Sneem and Parknasilla are two of my favourite spots.
What is the perfect driving outfit? Something comfortable: a good pair of jeans, comfy flat boots and a cashmere jumper for long journeys. Do you do anything to give your car a personal touch? I think scents can bring a personal touch to your car. Diptyque does a gorgeous range of car diffusers. They’re not too overpowering, but add a tranquil touch to your drive.