MJ: What’s your favourite decade for design?
GK: I think that every decade has a lot to give. Over the past couple years I have been fixated with the 70’s because of the design process for Palm Heights, but lately I have been heavily drawn to the minimalism and materiality of the 90’s such as granite and dark woods. I can also say I love art deco design as I have found it to have influenced so many other genres over a span of many decades.
MJ: Sourcing seems to be at the core of your research and design process, can you please tell us about your favourite places for finding the best design treasures around the world?
GK: There are so many amazing places to source and for me it provides the ultimate inspiration. I source literally everywhere. One of my very favorite places to find treasures is in the souk in Marrakech where I have sourced everything from rugs, rattan, ceramics and handmade apparel. I also love visiting the Paris Flea markets for furniture heaven and have connected with so many incredible antique dealers here in the UK.
MJ: You previously mentioned that you see Palm Heights as a place for collaboration for artists, athletes and musicians, a sort of family of like-minded people, can you please tell us about some of those ‘family members’?
GK: From the beginning, having creative energy was extremely important to the culture and experience of Palm heights. This process started with inviting friends or friends of friends down to the property who were all individually passionate about their work. We have had incredible chefs, musicians and artists (to name a few) down to Palm Heights to take part in residencies and truly create while they are on the island. Over the years this has expanded to a full artist residency program which invites creatives and athletes to experience the island as well as share their passions within our community and with our overseas and local guests.