In conversation with Marcus Brennan

An interview with our very own Marcus Brennan.

As a much loved and trusted member of the M&M team, Marcus has brought years of experience and expertise in architecture (and music) to all of us here in M&M.

Not one to shy away from the limelight (I jest!), we’re delighted to shine a spotlight on him today gaining an insight into what inspires him…

Marcus, take it away!

Hi Marcus, welcome to M&M Stories, we’re delighted you’re taking the time to chat to us. What determined your interest in design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.

Ever since I studied art in school, and I became fascinated with 20th Century art and architecture I knew this was something that would hold my interest.

What was your first big project and how did you find that experience?

When you first start out all projects seem big regardless of their monetary value or square footage because you learn so much in a short space of time.  But in terms of value and size, it would be large shopping centres.  This gave me an insight into a bigger picture involving many different professions and their input at various stages of the project over a period of time.

Casa Del Infinito – Alberto Campo Baeza

Are there any designers, past or present, that really inspire you or would like to work with?

I’m a big admirer of the work of Alberto Campo Baeza, a Spanish architect.  His projects exude a calmness that seem to define a method of living.  While appearing simplistic, once you study their layout and especially their site context you appreciate the specific thought process that starts with his hand sketches through to completion.

What do you think are the most exciting and challenging aspects of working in a design studio?

The most exciting is the fact that no two projects are the same and so each day brings new challenges and new avenues to be explored.

Tell us something unusual that has happened in your career?

Christmas office party in Venice.

What are your thoughts on what the next big thing for 2021 might be in Interiors?

I’m holding out for natural materials, warm timbers, and cool whites.

Casa Del Infinito – Alberto Campo Baeza

Is there anything you’d like to do in the future that you haven’t done yet?

There’s definitely a coastal refurbishment project in me – I just haven’t decided what country yet!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given and why?

“Think before you ink”.  Try scraping out a Rotring 0.5 line with a razor blade – I know most people won’t get that!

What do you like to do to relax and unwind?

I have a particular passion for searching out music from certain genres.  Endless hours can be spent tracking down a long-forgotten ‘b-side’ or some other rare release from somebody nobody has ever heard of (or cares about!).

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I played the best snooker of my career when I was a teenager.