Always:Never Interview – Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

March 8, 2012


image via Altitude Design Summit 2012

While attending Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City, I had the great pleasure to interview Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Co-Founder and CEO of Apartment Therapy.

Launched in 2004, Apartment Therapy has grown to be the most popular and quite possibly most influential design site on the Internet. Each month 8.5 million visitors arrive at Apartment Therapy seeking advice and information on transforming their living spaces into what Maxwell would hope to be “calm, beautiful homes” because he believes fervently those create happiness.

Maxwell is the author of three books, Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure (Bantam, 2006), Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions (2008) and Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces (2010). But before the site and the books, he was a teacher for seven years.

Frustrated with faculty politics and looking for people that had a more nimble, creative and flexible outlook it was the business section in the newspaper that he found his tribe. The culture of the small business spoke to him and so began his interior design business, though many will tell you he is a true mix of life coach AND interior designer. With the launch of Apartment Therapy there was an unabashed mission to change the world one home at a time.

Standing with Maxwell is interesting. If ever there was a mix of zen-like calm and vibrating energy, it’s him. He is thoughtful and easy to talk with – the kind of person you just want to keep asking questions of because you just know his answers will be interesting.

I only asked him two. The answers may seem simple, but stick around for the rest of the story to the second answer – it’s neat.

And so, without hesitation, here is the very first VIDEO Always:Never interview on outsidevoice with the every charming Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan.

But WAIT! There’s MORE!

Yes. Maxwell interviewed ME as well – and I spilled a few secrets about my home and a sacred evening routine. Want to see? I’m sharing it on the outsidevoice Facebook page.

And then dying of embarrassment.

Thanks, Maxwell – you’re a doll.

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