What made you choose a career in design?
I choose a career in cabinet making. Designing was just a natural progression.
What is the best part of your job?
I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of my job, but probably the end result and seeing the client’s reactions when I have exceeded their expectations is total satisfaction.
What is the toughest part of your job?
The toughest part of the job is without a doubt the installation. Ensuring everything arrives to site on time and making sure the completed project meets everyone’s expectations.
Which designer/product/ building most inspires you, and why?
I am inspired by historical buildings. St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York is one of my all-time favourites. It still amazes me when I look at the detail they achieved at the time when they had little or no machinery.
Which have been your favourite projects so far and why?
I designed a kitchen in Chelsea about three years ago which proved to be one of the most challenging spaces I have ever worked on. Having considered several designs, the client and I were extremely pleased with the final result. The kitchen was predominately hand-painted but had a very large dresser in solid oak which had an ebonised finish. Furniture was fitted to a very tall ceiling and incorporated a couple of entrance doors. The finished kitchen looked terrific.
Who or what inspires you?
Inspirational designers/ architects who have a natural ability and air. People with a can-do attitude positive attitude, who look for a solution when faced with a problem.
Current music choices:
For me, I grew up listening to artists such as The Eagles, Dire Straits, Neil Diamond, Paul Brady and Christy Moore and I still continue to enjoy their music.
TV programmes you never miss:
Dragon’s Den and Grand Designs.
Favourite place in the world:
Old Head Golf Course, Kinsale, Co Cork.
Best book you’ve ever read:
I enjoy inspirational, motivational, inspiring business leader’s autobiographies such as Steve Jobs, Lord Alan Sugar, Richard Branson, Duncan Bannatyne and Bill Cullen.
Outside of work, what’s your passion in life?
Spending time with my wife and two teenage children. I also enjoy playing golf and try to ensure I get around in each week.
Social media: love it or loathe it?
If the former, which do you use? I use Facebook which allows me to keep in contact with friends and family.
Which three words would you use to describe yourself?
Creative. Particular. Passionate.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Check twice; saw once!Tom Howley | tomhowley.co.uk