I like to use contrasts – between dark and light timbers, between colours, and between materials – as it provides visual interest. And finally, simplicity, in the sense of letting the timber and design speak for themselves rather than using lots of decoration. I love elegance of mid 20th Century Danish furniture, and the balance and restraint of Japanese artistry. I am also interested in mathematics, and non-rectilinear geometry which I’ve used in work such as the Swirl coffee table.