I am a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual, determined to excel in anything I do. As a practical, hands-on designer and problem solver, I believe empathising with the user within the context of real-world issues is essential in producing successful products. Having grown up in a rural environment, sustainability often acts as an underlying narrative for my work.

A passion for the built environment and in particular the challenge of small spaces, fuels my chosen career path within the design world. Aside from this, I am a keen sportsman with interests in cricket and fitness.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the future of work set to be shifting towards a more hybrid approach, there is an ever-increasing need for a dedicated home office space for much of the UK's working population.

The novelty of working from the kitchen table or out of a spare bedroom has undoubtedly worn off. The new homeworker demographic is therefore seeking a separate and permanent space to give a clear distinction between home and working life. Many people, therefore, have considered a garden office but are often thwarted by the substantial investment of sums in excess of £12,000.

As a result, contrast. aims to provide a high-end, affordable alternative to existing garden office solutions. Inspired by the practice of old versus new architecture, the unique aesthetic is ergonomically considered and utilises a modular building system. All of this, whilst remaining as sustainable as possible through careful material choices. By providing set options to the consumer, it allows personalisation whilst maintaining a healthy business model.

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