Fanuli: Where did you get started in design?
Meryl: In South Africa where I started my own interior design studio after working as a graphic designer and deciding that I definitely preferred interiors
Fanuli: What gives a design timelessness?
Meryl: Authenticity! I don’t slavishly follow trends, rather consider design elements for their intrinsic aesthetic value. If something is well designed, functional and beautiful, it should stand the test of time.
Fanuli: What about some of your broader design influences, who inspires your creative practice?
Meryl: Design influences are everywhere! In nature, art, architecture and everyday objects. I think travel is a great influencer as when you travel your mind is not occupied with the everyday and is therefore open to really seeing. There are many talented designers and architects whose work I admire, but no one in particular. We strive for originality!
Fanuli: What is your main priority when starting a project? Is there something that is fundamental to your practice that you consider first and foremost?
Meryl: Every project is different but the way we approach each one – within our practice – is to assess and consider everything we know about the project and then craft a concept that fills us with a sense of excitement at the possibilities. Until we get there, we don’t proceed.