Good to be on time, even better to be early!
I invited my director to a visit with me to a home in Kensington that I was designing! My task was designing the lower part of the home. The rest had already been completed and to such a high level I wanted him to see it!
We arrived early that afternoon, and rang the intercom!
“Hello it's Jimmy!
“Yes Jimmy the designer...”
“Oh yes please come in!” I should add that it's a Victorian home with the staircase on the left, leading down as we walked in!
Hello, I'm down here! It's that Jimmy? Oh yes please come in!Tina TurnerKensington Home, London
I look down and see Tina Turner! I exclaim... “Tina! Yes Tina, come down!”
My boss following down the steps behind me was confused beyond belief...firstly because Tina was his favourite performer and secondly he thought I had set him up! Which I hadn’t! This was a surprise to me as it was to him! He still didn't believe it!
At the base of the stairs we greet one another and I tell Tina I had two things for her;
Tina: "Yes! What is it?!"
Me: "Can you please tell this blubbering being, my boss, that you and I haven't met before!"
Tina: "No we haven't! What's the other?!"
Me: "I'm a little mad with you!"
Tina: "Why me?!"
Me: "Well it's clear to me that the person I have been working with must be your manager!!"
Tina: "Yes! Why are you mad?!"
Me: "Do you know the creative juices I would have if I knew I was designing for you!"
Tina: "I understand that, if I make you a cup of tea would that make up for it!"
I gave her a hug and said YES!
We spent the afternoon chatting about design and life, with much anguish from my boss as the wonderful Tina was sitting right next to me!
I have to add that she was lovely and generous in her conversation and a truly warm and genuine person. We met again thereafter and although not one of my biggest designs in volume, certainly one of the most memorable.