I find my inspiration in materials and processes. I get a huge amount of joy and delight from testing things out. I am a very hands-on person, so I love to push things: twist them, bend them, heat them and just generally play with them. That’s when I tend to get a light bulb moment.
Working with family can be intense. In the early days, there were lots of late nights and early mornings, and we worked seven days a week. However, in some ways, keeping it in the family made that a bit easier and I can’t imagine having done it with anyone else. We already had a fantastic relationship so, when there were weeks of working together and living together 24 hours a day just to get things done, it all felt very natural. Now, lots of the discussions we have are much more strategic, and we have a huge amount of respect for each other. I would say we have a very smooth and very good working relationship.
Our father-son relationship has definitely changed. We are very, very close and extremely good friends. Right now, I honestly can’t imagine anything else.
My mother has been a huge influence. At a young age, she ingrained one question into me: when I said I liked something, she would ask, ‘What do you like about it and why do you like it?’ This notion of always challenging your own thoughts has stuck with me. You have to dig deep and understand why you feel the way you do. This was then followed with ‘So, how can it be better?’ This has become part of my DNA.