How did you discover interior design?
I started working in construction from the age of 15. At first I was doing small jobs on construction sites, helping craftsman to do all sorts of things. I was learning by doing, anything i saw i put into practice. I started from the basics helping to cut wood and put insulation, over this period I was gaining a lot of experience. The difference in that time when compared to now is that everything was made by hand, there wasn't the machines that we use today. After 3 years I used what I learned in construction and I decided to form my own company where I could develop a brand that is known for quality, its welcoming staff and our specialist skills. This was possible as I had built a good reputation which helped me grow the business until where it is today. I used the name Handyman for the company to set us apart from others for our experience and the personal service we provide, the Handyman name signifies these traits exactly.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Magazines, stores, applications, other designers work...it can be from any place. I am always looking for new things I can use. Even on TV shows or YouTube can be a great source of inspiration for me.
Where do you like to hang out in your spare time when your switching off and relaxing?
I like going to clubs, the park, to visit the mountains, these things help me to relax. Also visiting
historical places for me is a great way to switch off.
Is there a place which you find yourself contentiously drawn to because of the beautiful interior?
Can you recommend a place you were where the interior design really impressed and inspired you?
I cant think of one specific place but what impressed me recently was a project for one of my clients in Cluj. The project was to make an intelligent house, everything was controlled by computer's from the showers to the external lighting system. I was very happy to be involved in this project.
Who are your favourite designers currently working in the industry?
I don't want to say one name because there are many good designers but I really like the work of
Candice Olsen for the way she is able to conceptualise original designs and implement them into
You have been very successful the industry, completing many great projects. What advice would you give to a new designer just starting out their practice?
To work hard and have sustainability in your work. Professionalism is very important, make sure you plan ahead in order to keep to deadlines set out to your clients. Always check the small details of
your work as the quality final finishing makes all the difference in your work.
What exciting projects do you have on the horizon?
I am focusing now on a special project for affordable housing in large cities. From what is available now I know I can make something better in this industry. Also I am planning to do a blog where people can follow my work, how i am working, and demonstrate the do's and dont's of interior design. For people wanting to get into the industry this will be very useful. In the future if someone was to tell me I helped or inspired them to get into design this would be the biggest honour for me.