As we come to the end of 2020, we asked some of our friends and colleagues what they’re most looking forward to in the New Year.
Here’s what they said:
I’m looking forward to having a boarding card in my hand, with “Tokyo” written on it!
Tom Faulkner – Founder & Creative Director
Much is conveyed through touch be that an interior atmosphere, material texture or the comradely act of the handshake. For 2021 I am truly looking forward to tactile freedom, to greet friends properly and the simple joy of unfettered human contact.
Alan Hughes – Principal & Director
I am most looking forward to travelling again and seeing all those friends that were put on hold in 2020, and supporting those businesses who were forced to close, sometimes unfairly, during the year.
William Carrington – Chairman
At some point in 2021, I look forward to going to lots of parties, each one in a yet more wonderful interior than the one before – and the talk will be as oxygenated as the champagne.
Jeremy Musson – Architectural Historian & Author
Kitchen table supper with friends around a table laden with flowers, crystal and colour. I want to wear lipstick which will be wiped off with a kiss rather than a mask and I want to dance to 80s hits til the sun comes up.
Carole Annett – Interiors Editor
The central property market has been staggeringly resilient through another challenging year, this has been fuelled by a strong domestic house market, cheap debt and a property being a solid defensive asset. We are predicting Q1 of 2021 as a strong quarter for Central London Property as International travel restrictions open up and ahead of the proposed 2% stamp duty increase for foreign buyers in April.
So much to look forward to, but I’m mostly looking forward to seeing the hustle and bustle of our high streets return to some normality and embracing friends again!
Harry Dawes – Partner
I’m most looking forward to the ability to make spontaneous decisions. I have never been a long term planner and like to do things on the spur of the moment, be it going to a museum, visiting one of our workshops, or seeing friends. This year has really taught me how precious these freedoms are!
Lulu Lytle – Founder & Creative Director
I’m looking forward to resuming the spontaneity of life, physical proximity and maskless faces. The normality of gallery life!
Catherine Mould – Associate Director
The world has been turned upside down, but from crisis comes great creativity.
It’s all about adapting to the moment, and we’ve already seen remarkable imagination and invention. Design not only reflects, but responds to the zeitgeist, so I’m looking forward to the new collections for 2021. After a creative reset, the brands at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour have had time to re-evaluate and consider what really matters. Interiors have the power to affect our happiness, so I’m hoping for wonderful patterns, colours and shapes that will make us feel comforted, uplifted and inspired. Designers are increasingly aware of the role they have to play in well-being – there’ll be a deeper appreciation of nature and a keener approach to sustainability.
Our industry is all about interaction and we’re looking forward to social normality returning. We know that great things happen when the design community gathers to connect, converse and create under our famous domes!
Claire German – Managing Director
I’m looking forward to maintaining all the extra walks I’ve had this year, and having more people at home to chat to!
Greti – Chief Fetch Officer