Paul Hecker — Founding Principal
Paul’s insatiable appetite for design brings unbridled creative enthusiasm to Hecker Guthrie. Having admired fashion and design as a child, Paul engaged deeply with design history while completing his interior design degree, and through mentorship, began to see the potentials of what the design world could be. A self-professed bowerbird, Paul is an avid collector of design. His broad taste and curious nature drives design responses that are highly instinctive. His interest in the ephemeral is tempered by the pursuit of enduring, crafted solutions that transcend time — a polarity that Paul seeks to mediate through design. Visceral responses begin from early briefing, when Paul begins to formulate pictures in his mind, which are later dissected, analysed and supported through imagery drawn from fashion, film and art. Consciously inclusive of his team, Paul facilitates an explorative design process, yet ultimately believes in the power of crafting a well edited story. Combining experience and openness, Paul maintains a sense of his own purpose, trusting his intuition in tackling new challenges and finding clarity. Fast-paced and solutions-driven, Paul is equally passionate about the business of design, streamlining processes to enhance value for his clients. Paul brings a level of lightness and humour to his role and is widely recognised for his spirited contributions to interior design, furniture, manufacturing and design education.