I’ve not chosen an image of an object, not that design, utility and architecture don’t interest me or inform what I do, but making a difference to people’s lives through design is what gets me out of bed in the morning – mostly at 4.30am to run for a train.

We’re currently working extensively as interior designers and consultants to commercial and education projects throughout the world.

An architect I know working in education recently dismissed educators and children as ‘lay people’. His approach may work for him, but we value the opinions of others and believe them to be the experts of their space and relationships. It’s the process of talking to people that, for us, opens the floodgates to innovation and opportunity.

Why don’t many architects and designers get this? Once you realise it’s dialogue and collaboration that counts, you’ve pretty much cracked it.

In the photograph is Danusia and one of her students. Danusia is the course director of the Rug room at City College, Norwich, a safe haven and social workspace for students with Asperger’s Syndrome. We had the pleasure of designing this space collaboratively, and since completion has transformed the lives of students.

It’s people that make the difference and provide the inspiration. It’s not just leaving it to us designers that makes it happen.

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