The shape I’m in: Garry Cohn and Aoife Rhattigan

LIKE butter on hot toast or cream with just-baked apple tart, some partnerships work perfectly together. 

The shape I’m in: Garry Cohn and Aoife Rhattigan

Just like interior designers and business associates Garry Cohn and Aoife Rhattigan.

Also known as the Design Doctors from the RTÉ TV series, they enjoy a close working relationship, to the point where they ask to be interviewed together and then go on to finish each other’s sentences.

“Are we partners? In a way we are but in a way we’re not,” says Garry, while Aoife adds that they have a good working relationship.

From Mullingar, Aoife, 34, had her first child, Molly, six months ago with her partner Cathal Surey.

Garry, 51, is single. A New Yorker, he came to Ireland by a “happy accident” eight years ago. “And he became an Irish citizen last year,” chimes in Aoife.

It’s a harmony that is echoed in their stunning design work, always with a strong heartbeat at its core.

* www.cohnrhattigan.com * www.cohndesign.com

What shape are you in?

AR: I had a baby in December- diet starts next week, every week.

GC: I am in very good shape. I meditate every morning and weight train three days a week and go to strong man / boot camp once a week. Also it helps to have a best friend, John Stack as a fitness instructor.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

AR: My sheer love of food — I get sad halfway through every meal because it’s nearly over.

GC: I cook my meals for the week on Sunday. I freeze some to last the whole week.

What are your guiltiest pleasures?

AR: Watching terrible TV. I feel I use my brain all day at work, when I come home I like to screw off my overloaded head and pop on my idle lazy one.

GC: Cheesy movies from the 1980s, it sounds cool but it’s really not.

What would keep you awake at night?

AR:Work keeps me tossing and turning — I’m always restless for the next great design idea.

GC: Lots of sex.

How do you relax?

AR: I love to spend time with my fabulous baby girl and my big handsome boyfriend. Corny but true.

GC: Sitting in a favourite chair, closing your eyes and being absorbed into the sounds of music you love. If that does not work ... a cup a tea.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

AR: William Shakespeare, Russell Brand, the Virgin Mary, Jim Morrison, Stephen Hawking, Paloma Faith, Beyonce and Yoko Ono because I reckon she gets a raw deal. Also, I should probably invite the aforementioned big handsome boyfriend.

GC: Grace Jones and Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen, Brendan O’Carroll and Wanda Skyes and Ester Hicks to keep the party fun.

What’s your favourite smell?

AR: My baby’s head, especially just after her bath before she goes to bed.

GC: When the ocean air hits you for the first time.

What would you like to change about your appearance?

AR: I’m fairly comfortable in my own skin but I’d love to press pause on some lines on my face that my 30s are heralding in.

GC: I would love to grow a beard. I do get a whisker now and then. I will just have to get a black marker and colour in the rest.

When is the last time you cried?

AR: Yesterday, when dinner was over.

GC: I was on a flight from Dublin to New York watching Last Holiday staring Queen Latifah. It’s a simple movie of a women who finds out she has two weeks to live.

What traits do you least like in others?

AR: People who are tight with money are a big turn off.

GC: Rudeness and inconsideration to another person,

What traits do you least like about yourself?

AR: I’m awfully impatient.

GC: Taking things personally when someone opposes my point of view.

Do you pray?

AR: No, but I really envy people with faith.

GC: My younger brother Jeff passed away 20 years ago. I still talk to him in my head. I ask him for advice or help or I reminisce about our childhood.

What would cheer up your day?

AR: When I finally get enough stamps on my coffee card for a free one.

GC: Even if it’s the middle of the summer, I’ll listen to a cheerful Christmas song. You can’t help but get that warm felling of being around people you really like, parties, holidays, receiving and giving gifts and having the time of your life.

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