Patty Johnson Interview Part 6: Opportunity in Guyana

Establishing a role for a Canadian furniture designer in Guyana.

Qasim Virjee
Patty Johnson, Elise Hodson
March 2006
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Establishing a role for a Canadian furniture in Guyana "[For] both of these companies that I'm working with in Guyana and Mabeo in Africa (Botswana), I have to stress that they are very well traveled. They know a lot about design. They understand design and almost any of the clients I have worked with value the importance of design in what they do. They each have their core clients already. I think each of them are working with me because they want to, in different ways, change what they were doing. And they also understand that design is an avenue into [export]. You can't manufacture furniture at that level, at that volume without understanding the process of design, without understanding that you draw something, you model it, you prototype it, you master it and then you make it."

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