Confident. Sharp. Beautiful. Hecker Guthrie - the interior design business headed by Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie - is hands down one of the best in Australia. Just take a look at the images of The Ivy on their website. It remains brave and dynamic yet playful. Paul asks clients how they want a space to make them feel (rather than just what they want it to look like), which is worth remembering.
On another note, he was one of the reasons I watched the HomeMade TV show a couple of seasons back. Paul always had something insightful to offer, and I always felt that I learnt something from his comments. He's got a great sense of humour too, as you'll soon discover...
Which five words best describe you? Impatient, playful, curious, selfish, optimistic.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I started by leaving Adelaide and moving to Melbourne to work for Daryl Jackson (where I first met Hamish Guthrie). Without that, who knows!?
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Things go wrong if you don’t establish a culture of strong communication, whether it be with a client, a builder or a business partner.
What’s your proudest career achievement? Having a part in building a successful design practice.
What’s been your best decision? To keep exercising – I started exercising at 42.
Who inspires you? Any designer who creates something beautiful that I didn’t think of – in other words, lots of people.
What are you passionate about? Popular culture – TV, the things that make now, now.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? The guy who was getting it on with the dog – you know, the rugby player. I would probably say something dumb if I were to meet a real celebrity or genius.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? Be rich.
What are you reading? The world of interiors magazine and some cheesy novels.
images courtesy of hecker guthrie