Apart from being my style icon, she was an incredibly energetic woman who always swung into action in various fields. As a first lady, she had a positive influence on the relations in the world. I sometimes fight on the barricades to achieve something good. This resulted in the foundation of the professional association for stylists, called BSN Crisp, in 2009. As president, I have helped put this association on the map. Result: over 350 stylists have joined by now and brand awareness. I am a connector and enjoy introducing people from my own network to each other.
I visit multiple international professional fairs every year, including the ‘Salone del Mobile’ in Milan. The new designs that always stand out are designs that feel logical, but are remarkable in their details. If my heart skips a beat when I make a new discovery, chances are 10-to-1 that it’s been designed by Patricia. The choice of colour, mix of materials, patterns and structures: everything is well thought out and poured into a pleasant design. Generally, power comes from simplicity. I admire her versatility!
As a child, I was practically glued to the television screen whenever Pippi was on: she could do literally anything and I secretly admired her enormously. She was as strong as a bear – she could lift a horse! – but super smart and creative as well. To be honest, though, I mostly looked like Annika, who was afraid to do anything and never put a toe out of line. But throughout the years, Pippi taught me a lot and I find myself viewing the world from her perspective more and more. When faced with complicated brainteasers, I sometimes wonder: “What would Pippi do?”