In your own words, please describe what you do.
In the most fundamental sense, I make things. Whether it be a building, a restaurant, a hotel or a collection of furniture, we are devoted to creating spaces that are engaging and alive. Just this year, we launched the Roman and Williams Guild and La Mercerie café. So beyond interior design and architecture I now own a restaurant and shop.
As a child, what did you want to be "when you grew up"?
What do you love most about your job?
How dynamic and challenging it is. Exploring how to bring spaces to life that have a powerful narrative and engage the audience. Between Roman and Williams and the Guild we have an opportunity to travel the world constantly.
What do you dislike about your job?
The constant struggle between creative authorship and economics.
What was the best advice you ever received?
Learn to be your own muse. Spend as much time in the garden as possible.
What would you advise someone today?
I always answer this the same way: I think Mohammed Ali said it best, “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”.
How would you describe your personal style?
Polished, personal, feminine and always black. I have a black Alaïa dress on rotation.
Describe 3 characteristics required to do your job well.
Determination, creativity and a fierce point of view.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Designing the British Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
How do you define success?
Finding freedom and peace of mind, and the confidence to know what to do with it.