with Mark

What inspired your career journey?

My father Joe has been the main inspiration behind my career journey and his character and passion continue to inspire me today. He started the company in 1962 and I continue to run it as a family business. His passion for antiques and his buying habits have definitely rubbed off on me and I continue to add pieces to the collection that I think he would have liked.

What are your trend predictions for 2016?

With so many events going on these days, especially in London, it’s important to ensure yours is unique and distinctive to make sure it stands out from the rest. A great way to do this is to theme it. Our vast collection houses pieces that would work for every conceivable theme while maintaining a high end aesthetic (no novelty themes here!). A hugely popular look, that shows no signs of waning, is the Alpine Ski Lodge. London has seen several pop up bars and eateries that have tapped in to this look but it works just as well for winter weddings and garden parties. Our antler chairs, chandeliers and wall lights create the perfect setting, while fur rugs keep it cosy. Love it or loathe it, social media and the increasing use of mobile phones at events it showing no signs of disappearing so why not embrace the technology and have a dedicated social media area that’s beautifully dressed and Instagram ready! A beautifully dressed event will look great from all angles so no matter what shots get uploaded, your event is sure to look fabulous.

Do you live by any motto or philosophy?

In my working life it’s definitely, ‘Treat every client as you would like to be treated’ and at the weekends it’s more ‘Live slow, cycle fast!’

What would your best piece of advice be for someone beginning his or her planning journey?

Make lists and make deadlines, but above all, stick to them! The scale of some events can be overwhelming but if you stick to realistic deadlines for each element then even on a short timescale you’ll manage. With any event I’d suggest starting with the overall feel you want to create (sophisticated, edgy, informal etc) and then work from there. Make it number one on your list as it will then influence the venue choice, which influences the décor, which influences the colour theme, which filters down to the finer details like flowers, food, drinks and music.

What's your favourite season, why?

Definitely Summer. With Summer comes better weather (usually) which always lifts people’s spirits and puts them in the mood to celebrate meaning party season gets underway.

P.S and just for reference, what's your favourite word in the English language?

Lapis lazuli