Your flat and your studio are both on Lambs Conduit Street. Why do you love the area so much?
I think the area gets its particular character from having belonged to a charity (well, a public school) for 450 years, from which permeates a benign neglect, or benevolent disregard – a certain peace that comes from having always been just off the beaten track. It’s like a village that’s managed to keep its shop and pub, happens to have some good clothes shops – and to be in central London. I’ve lived here for 12 years, and many of the people I see on the way to get a pint of milk have been here much longer.
Sum up your approach to design in two sentences.
Essentially, my approach is to be open to my intuitional response – whether to a building, site or place. And then to stay true to it.