The Well-crafted Life


The Power of Collaboration: Andrew Hills, Michal Silver and Mary Graham

Season 1, Ep. 2

This week’s show brings together three brilliant creatives who each prove that the real magic comes from working with the right people. Partnership is at the heart of their work, which spans furniture and lighting, textiles and interior design. In focusing on how to elevate the everyday, we discuss the importance of a finding a place of retreat, design classics, natural light and the beauty of the seasons.  

Meet our guests

Andrew Hills is the co-founder and creative director of furniture and lighting brand Porta Romana. He originally set up the business with his wife Sarah, after they’d both quit their jobs in the city to follow their dreams, and he now regularly launches designs with industry leaders. In this podcast, he tells us about his Godfather-inspired office, his love of restoration and their treasured recipe book. 

Fabric and wallpaper guru Michal Silver is the creative force behind Christopher Farr Cloth. She has worked with the good and the great of the interiors world, both creating new designs with contemporary names and reviving archival work by artists like Raoul Duffy and Anni Albers. She describes her Mies van der Rohe-inspired home in London and talks about the importance of memories. 

Interior designer Mary Graham works with Nicole Salvesen, forging a distinctive design style they describe as future heritage. Their rooms are timeless, elegant and full of arresting details. They've also launched beautiful products in collaboration with Jennifer Manners, Fromental and David Seyfried. Here, she tells us about her new family home in Yorkshire, sharing her love of flowers and freshly ironed sheets. 

About this podcast 

The Well-crafted Life is brought to you by Homes & Gardens, hosted by Sarah Spiteri and edited by Matt Gibbs. This episode was sponsored by Martin Moore.

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