As we continue our chats with people that inspire us in the industry, we turn our attention to interior stylist and journalist, Roddy Clarke.
With a family background in restoration, Roddy's passion for interiors started at an early age. He has an eye for detail, an appreciation for antiques and luxury items and a keen interest in sustainable interiors. Roddy writes for publications including the Evening Standard and the Weekend FT; he has also set up Concept, which offers a unique design and build service for pop up stores and events. In fact, we first met Roddy when we collaborated on the L'Estrange pop up store (pictured below) in Central London earlier this year.
Let's hear more from Roddy....
What are the top three things you enjoy most about your job?
The freedom, variety and fulfilment of working for yourself! Alongside meeting interesting and inspiring people each day and surrounding myself with beautiful interiors!
What does a typical working day look like for you?
Every day for me is different, I can be on set one day, writing at home the next and meeting clients another. When you do a lot of different things like I do it’s sometimes hard to achieve a regular routine but it is lovely having the variety!
What motivates you each day?
The desire to learn drives me a lot in everything I do. Each day is a new opportunity to go out and learn something new.
Ornamental Grace X Olivia Aspinall. Photo by Natale Towell
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt in your career?
Perseverance and persistence. Nothing comes easy so you have to be patient and never give up!
What’s been your greatest achievement so far?
Starting my own business has been an achievement but that's also down to close family and friends giving me the courage to go forward every step of the way.
12Thirteen Store x Neon Still Life Series. Photo by Natale Towell
Tell us about your dream weekend away - where would you go and why?
I love travelling and exploring new places but for a weekend it’s about exploring European towns and cities. With so many places to visit within Europe it's fascinating to find unknown cafes and restaurants and mingle with the locals to really appreciate the culture within that place. For me it’s about finding the heart of a place when you visit and you can find that by connecting with locals and discovering places to go which aren’t on the tourist radar.