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Lockdown Landscape from Amsterdam
Q: How are you finding lockdown?
A: We have taken strict precautionary measures as per government guidelines at our factory and showroom outside Amsterdam, so I have been going into work. Most of our office staff are working from home, but our production and installation staff have been coming in too, practicing social distancing and regularly washing their hands. As our showroom is huge, we have also been able to meet clients by appointment, maintaining a safe distance and not shaking hands. Visits are restricted to two at any time.
Q: What are you reading, watching and working on?
A: I’m not a Netflix fan as I don’t watch TV, and I’ve been reading 7 Habits of Effective Leadership. I’ve been focusing on how we can work as efficiently as possible given the current situation and managing existing stock. I’m also refining an exciting new direction for the business which was supposed to be unveiled at Salone del Mobile this month – we’re planning to launch it next year now.
Q: How do you think the design sector will pivot post-Covid? Has anything good come from it?
A: After months of Zoom calls, we’ll reconsider whether business travel and face-to-face meetings are really necessary. Hygiene will be a primary concern.
Q: If you could travel anywhere today, where would it be and why?
A: I would go to New York to research the market in natural stone as we’re planning to expand into North America which is very exciting – it’s potentially a huge opportunity for us.
Q: What’s the first thing you are going to do when lockdown ends?
A: I’ll fly to London to find a new showroom and office space in Clerkenwell, catch up with our team of project managers and installers based there and meet up with clients to move existing projects forward.