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Five minutes with interior designer Liam Mooney

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In House and Leisure's August 2017 issue, we explore the Cape Town city-centre apartment of interior designer Liam Mooney. Here, we get to know the man behind the interiors in a quick Q&A. Where were you born and raised? On a farm just outside Nelspruit. What do you love most about what you do for a living? Creating beautiful spaces doesn’t rank very highly in terms of importance, but I do get to bring a little bit of joy and beauty into people’s lives, which is great. What are your earliest design-related memories? The ’90s in Nelspruit wasn’t exactly the 'chicest' time, but we always had great local and international design magazines in our home, including Vogue, Habitat and Architectural Digest, all of which I devoured. What is your personal style? Cameroon First Lady Chantal Biya meets The Golden Girls' Dorothy Zbornak. Who are your favourite local product designers? James Mudge, Dokter and Misses, Gregor Jenkin, Allan Lutge and Joe Paine. Where is your best place for inspiration? Inspiration isn’t a magical place you arrive at – it’s the manner in which you look at the world. Keep your eyes open, don’t be boring and you’ll be fine. When are you at your most creative? Late at night, when I’m alone. What’s your favourite item in your home? This changes all the time, but at the moment, I’m really loving the 1968 Series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen that I found at a vintage store. Liam Mooney lounge What’s your go-to comfort food? Pasta! Favourite restaurants? I visited La Tête the other day and I was very impressed. Favourite drink? I drink 20 cups of Earl Grey tea a day. What is the one thing you can’t travel without? You don’t need much if you have your iPhone. If money were no object, what would you buy? A marble Curial Chair by Rick Owens. What are you currently reading? The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp. And listening to? Chilly Gonzalez and Mamouna by Bryan Ferry. What is your next dream holiday destination? I have this dream to do an architectural tour visiting all of my favourite buildings in the world. So that’s seven countries on four continents… it might need to wait.
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