First to feature in our new #AdaptToSucceed campaign is product and interior designer James Patmore. Born in London from a mixed cultural background, James aims to design a collection of objects as well as visual works that reflect the cultural hub that exists within London. His approach is focused on using high quality, locally-sourced manufacturing and materials to create sustainable products.
Whilst James is in the midst of setting up his studio and redesigning the interior of our flagship store, we caught up with him on an early morning in August to discuss his success and challenges.
What motivates you to succeed?
Not being satisfied standing still is my main motivation. I get agitated if I don't feel like I'm moving forward in work and life. Not necessarily in a monetary way, but also through experiences.
'Don't count on other people's validation and cherish the relationships that are based on encouragement and celebrating success.'
What are the biggest challenges you're facing?
Apart from the financial battle that every creative goes through trying to get paid their worth, my biggest challenge has been other peoples egos. I've met people who consciously or subconsciously want to keep you in a certain position to make themselves feel like they're doing well, it's a huge frustration.
How have you adapted to succeed?
I've adapted by learning not to count on other people's validation and cherish the relationships that are based on encouragement and celebrating success.
How much further do you have to go?
I'm in the beginnings of setting up my own studio, so I have quite a lot to do before I begin to feel fulfilled. I want to build a studio that works on exciting projects around the world; in product design and interactive installations as well as commercial interior design.
What tips would you give to a young designer starting off?
Be ambitious, there are jobs out there, you shouldn't settle because you're nervous; but then again starting out on your own is not for everyone. Always strive to be challenged.
How would you describe your personal style?
Understated but detailed. I'm not one for labels, I find the quality in detailing, textures and cut more important. I value the skill it takes a designer to put materials together and their design decisions when electing how something should be made.
Photography by Michael Drummond.