Flexible friends: At Michael Mohammed's office/gallery, quirky and versatile is in

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As an art dealer, your space is never private. Clients and colleagues often drop by and want to see what you have, so there is always an element of "open house" and therefore "open life" – it can feel very exposed. You find yourself developing an obsession with constantly having the place looking perfect.

I share this house near Marble Arch, London, with my two business partners in L'Equipement des Arts. We don't have a physical gallery space as such, so we are lucky that we get to live with a lot of the things that we buy. There is a bizarre eclecticism between us – we all appreciate different aspects of art – but my office represents me and the way I work.

Flexibility is the most important aspect of any room; I object to static spaces and things. I like furniture that changes depending on the angle you look at it from. Have you ever seen a DFS sofa from behind? It's the most god-awful ugly thing. On the other hand, you have something like this amazing black fibreglass table by Il Hoon Roh which looks like a piece of plastic melting. It's so sculptural and yet it also feels very organic.

The red, white and black sideboards on the wall are another great example of flexible furniture – you can take off the doors and move the drawers around, hang them together or four feet apart.

I appreciate quirky design. The little table made by adding a glass top to an ordinary lamp, by Iranian designer Ali Siahvoshi, brings a new meaning to the idea of a "table lamp". I like that playful use of everyday pieces. We aim to bring people art-forms that contribute to their lifestyle. A room should be a canvas for interesting objects.

L'Equipement des Arts (www.lequipementdesarts.com) is at FORM: London, Olympia, London W14 (www.form-london.com) today

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