Steve Olds

During my M&S career, I was fortunate that team structure changed and I was able to look after Upholstery as well as Cabinet Furniture. As part of this process I met Steve who is the designer of a number of our best selling Upholstery Ranges.

If they were to make a toy action figure of you, what would your accessory be?
Paul you said was an ‘interview’ not a MENSA test! Not exactly sure, but it would have to be fun and creative…perhaps a magic wand.

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your design life has taken?
A fair amount but certainly not entirely. Devotion and a degree of sacrifice are always important in making sure you are in the best position to take chances when they became available, but you always need good luck and good timing.

What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
Design furniture manufactured by various factories for retailers as diverse as Tesco to Harrods.

What product or event inspired you to be a designer/work in the design industry?
I grew up in an area renowned for design and manufacturing, plus my education encouraged and invested in it. My family also had various artisan skills as professions. Both factors combined I guess.

If you could go back in time and become the designer of any existing item, what would you choose?
Aston Martin DB5, from Goldfinger.