Your design studio, Bergman & Mar, is renowned for its fantastic work with London's property developers. Can you elaborate a little on how this specialism came about?
I guess it came about because I've always had a great passion for furniture and furnishings, instead of necessarily the interior architecture side of things. As a result, I've always specialised more in FF&E - it's what I like the most.
When I worked with Sophie Ashby at Spring and Mercer, my role was to find luxury furnishings for the projects we worked on together. From then on, it just kind of continued this way. When I started Bergman & Mar, I noticed there was a bit of a niche in the market for furnishing the apartments of property developers, those which already had quite determined interior architecture. I saw this and just went with it, it felt natural to me, and it allows me to do what I enjoy the most; finding furniture!
When it comes to furnishing the projects for property developers, have you noticed any particular trends in the market right now?
I'm not sure if it's necessarily a trend but, recently, I've noticed that our clients are no longer looking for super high-end, 'luxury' interiors. A move away from creating spaces that feel slightly out of touch with society towards schemes that look a lot more approachable, that actually feel liveable instead. I think my clients at least, seem to be placing much more emphasis on practicality.
People still desire unique pieces, though, and they always want high quality, but this just comes in a slightly different form now. For a lot of people, it's essential to find those niche suppliers and products that nobody has discovered before. I love this development, as it has allowed us to work with more emerging, honest suppliers and help them grow their businesses too. That's really important to me.