The animals come from our family holidays in South Africa and Capri where we always look for local crafts made from wood or leather Side table This is a midcentury piece by Eileen Gray, a very famous architect.It’s unbelievable that she could come up with a design like this, with tubular steel and glass, in a time when people were only using mahogany furniture.
The only thing we kept was the four walls; we gutted the rest.
My wife is an architect and completely modernised the interiors, opening up the rooms and creating plenty of space.
This living room is where I like to come and relax on the chaise longue after work.
We like a minimalist style, with white and natural materials throughout the house.
I designed a lot of our furniture, a wooden staircase and bookshelves for my sons.
Sometimes I leave a room empty for a long time, before I come up with the right inspiration to furnish it.
My wife and I sat on the floor for two years until I had the money to buy the Le Corbusier sofa I wanted.
I always look at natural materials, such as wood, as though it is a piece of sculpture.
My children are well trained and treat the furniture with respect, as they are very aware that some pieces might be borrowed, from time to time, for a photo shoot or an exhibition. He is one of my heroes, and I am very influenced by his style; the way he designed his furniture and buildings was modern, direct and functional.