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John Rocha + Waterford Crystal

Through a Glass, Darkly

John Rocha © Stuart Blakley

We caught up with our fellow honorary compatriot John Rocha at The London Edition. Yes, the hotel everyone is raving about with good reason. He was celebrating 15 years of creative glassware collaborations with Waterford Crystal. “I’m busy designing three hotels at the moment,” he told us. John and his studio are still based in Dublin – he lives in Leeson Park – and he flits between the Irish capital and London. “Most of my family now live in London,” says John. He’s also currently designing a chapel in the south of France, a monastic Zen-meets-Shaker alchemy of light and shadow. What’s his key to success? “I design houses I want to live in; I design hotels I want to stay in.” And presumably chapels he wants to pray in.