Monday, 10 May 2010
the country trader's geoff clark
A few years ago I lived on Glenmore Road in Sydney's Paddington. One of the treats of living there was being so close to The Country Trader. I was most upset when the owner Geoff Clark moved his beautiful antiques emporium to Waterloo, and I have to admit I wondered if he had made the right decision. Well, turns out he was completely right. And if you've never visited his showroom then you must. It's perhaps the biggest public showcase of antiques in Sydney.
Which five words best describe you? Introverted, passionate, visual, thinker, creative.
What was your first career job and what path have you taken since? Architecture, building and construction, design, then The Country Trader.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Believe and follow your gut feeling, if it ends up to be a mistake, confront it, learn and take something from it. Then the odds will then always be in your favour.
What’s your proudest career achievement? My business, its reputation, longievity and unique position in the design market.
What’s been your best decision? To move The Country Trader from Paddington to the buzz of Danks St, Waterloo.
Who inspires you? Jean Nouvel, the French architect, and Axel Vervoordt, interior designer and antique dealer.
What are you passionate about? Entertaining, socialising, friends and my two dogs on the private side. In business, continually creating and delivering something new in the world of interiors and events.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Jonny Depp: such a chameleon.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? To live for a time in France.
What are you reading? The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ by Phillip Pullman.
images courtesy of the country trader