"Design is an applied art, and nothing puts it to the test like children do. Good design is for real life — objects and solutions that are beautiful and inspiring and practical. My children have grown up not just around design and designers, but thinking about design, what it means, and what it can do. They are astute little critics — denouncing when things are 'too fancy' and getting excited when places are beautiful or interesting or when they have a strong point of view. I'm so happy that they think critically about design. I bring them around to events when possible and involve them in my work.
When my 11-year-old son blurbed my book The Perfectly Imperfect Home by saying 'this book is just about moving stuff around in your house so it looks better' he was being cheeky and dismissive but it also speaks to his awareness of how the arrangement of things in a space affects how you feel, and the power of objects and styling. They are very aware of how one's space, even their own, is a telling portrait of its maker."