TCT: What is the most unusual request/idea you’ve had?
The author Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) asked us to design him a modern apartment in a beautiful country pile in Devon. He was a keen swimmer so we suggested putting a pool in the garden with a vast fireplace at one end and he suggested putting in a giant slide from his apartment, straight into the pool. You can imagine the fun we had designing a Douglas-sized (he was a very tall man) chute that would transport him elegantly into the pool without emptying out all the water and wiping out the other swimmers!
TCT: What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the business?
Hard work and passion in equal measure. Never take for granted the status quo, push hard to make the world a more beautiful and interesting place. Feel a little scared at the prospect of your next project, I try to remind myself that there is nothing more sacred than the integrity of your own mind when I feel scared, I also try to have as much fun as possible along the way.
TCT: What’s next for you?
A project called Prototype, City, Mountain, Sea. The idea is to explore case study prototype residences in the spirit of the first pioneers. Studio Locher will explore this concept through design by proposing a series of sites and new buildings in order to develop new forms and models of living. The intention is to merge architecture with art to create visceral spaces that can respond and resonate with all our senses and which fully explore and exploit mood and taste to create totally immersive and sensual experiences. We are hoping to take this idea to the Venice Biennale in May.
TCT: What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
If I am very lucky the sun comes and hits my pillow first thing in the morning and I gently daydream for as long as I can. This feels like a piece of magic to me and I hold on to those first moments of waking as long as I can because it is at this time I start to process ideas as they emerge unformed from my mind.
TCT: If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Carol Morley, the writer film director and novelist, because I love her mind. We share the same sensibility and love of the ‘story’, people’s lives and ideas. I am always amazed at how similar the design process is to the film process. Both disciplines allow you to take on often abstract notion, and explore the world in all its melancholy, sadness, beauty and show it to the world in all its complexity, and also most importantly we laugh together, a lot.
TCT: How would you describe Beautiful Anywhere in 80 words?
Beautiful Anywhere was coined to describe the new range of stainless steel trolleys, which have a choice of surfaces, from Factory Locher, which grew out of Studio Locher. These are movable practical objects that help to define and enhance any space, whether inside or out. Flexible moving objects that adapt to their surroundings is a modern architectural conceit and an intoxicating notion, an object that is adaptable, multifunctional and beautiful anywhere is a designer’s holy grail.
Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci? Leonardo da Vinci
Falafel or Burrito? Falafel
Peru or Moscow? Peru
Tea or Coffee? Coffee
Ryan Gosling or Leonardo DiCaprio? Leonardo DiCaprio
Art or Architecture? Architecture
Interview conducted by Ellie Griffiths