TG chats to Aston's design chief

Our time is at an end, which is a shame, because Marek has much to offer on the world of design. "I must say, to be a designer in the modern era now you've got to look outside the field of your specialized subject, to get inspiration from everywhere. It comes from art, architecture, from theatre, from cinema, from light, from travel, the culture of different countries.

"I like my gadgets, I ride motorbikes, I've got old racing cars, I like my hi-fi, I like vinyl, I like my design furniture, I'm creating my own - well, I've already designed and built one house, I'm doing another one at the minute, so I think you've got to live and breathe it, it's a full time thing."