I left Dublin when I was an architectural student and headed to London, a town that for me was buzzing with radical design innovation. A few years later Paris caught my eye, which may not have been as radical as London but it more than made up for it in elegance and style. So Paris has now been my home since 1991.
I spent many years here working for large architectural firms, in a very structured work environment, principally involved in hospital design. When I started a family, I spent a few years doing graphic design work. There was great satisfaction in designing for what other designers had created. The architectural firms, who were my clients, would be relying on my skills to tell a visual story, to understand and bring out the best in their designs with mine.
One day a decorator, for whom I’d done some graphics work, asked me to give her some architectural advice on a house that she was working on, suddenly I was back in building design, but in a whole different way.
I now work on a smaller scale, designing directly for the user, dealing with peoples’ needs and dreams, designing and renovating homes and work places. Seamless functionality is as ever important in the work that I do, but now lifestyle and personality occupy a greater part of that function. I also enjoy doing some part time teaching of interior architects in Paris, not only do I transmit my profession, but the students inspire me and keep me on my toes!