Designer    People 01 Mar 2018

Designer speaks to Melissa Kink of Harvey Jones, about design, inspiration and more…

What is your job role and what made you choose a career in design?
I have been Head of Design at Harvey Jones for almost two years, having previously worked as an interior designer, project manager and in visual merchandising. As for why I chose design, it feels more like design choose me. I was picky about the aesthetics of my environment from early childhood. I started working in graphic design but it quickly became clear that I was happier moving around and being hands-on with my work.

What is the best part of your job?
The pace and getting to work with so many different people.

Which designer/product/building most inspires your work and why?
Frank Gehry astounds me. The Walt Disney Concert hall is a place I love to visit. Anyone that can find inspiration from a crumpled piece of trash is genius.

What have you been your favourite projects so far?
I’ve been lucky that work has afforded me to travel the world for various projects. One of my favourites was a luxury showroom in Las Vegas because of the high level of drama.

Who or what inspires you?
My grandfather. He was a dazzling person full of talent, humour, wisdom and genuine ambition.

TV programmes you never miss: Netflix documentaries.

Favourite place in the world: The Highlands and my parents’ house in Pennsylvania.

Best book you’ve ever read: Change By Design by Tim Brown.

Which famous designer (past or present) would you most like to invite round for a cup of tea?

Probably Dorothy Draper to ask where she found inspiration.

Outside of work, what’s your passion in life? Travelling.

Social media: love it or loathe it? I adore Pinterest and Instagram.

Which three words would you use to describe yourself? Creative, caring, detailed.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? ‘Why be anything but happy?’


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Published in Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine