#124: Jonathan Hallinan of BPM - Building iconic design

By Jordan Michaelides
June 25, 2019

Jonathan

Jonathan Hallinan is the Founder and Managing Director of property construction and development group BPM Corp, and owner of a global suit venture, The Cloakroom. 

With a strong emphasis on artisanal and aspirational design, Jonathan makes a point in this interview that BPM is less about being high-end and more about being affordable while maintaining quality and luxury.

While Jonathan has created incredible success in the growth of BPM Corp, a really poignant part of this interview was our discussion about how his measure of success has changed. Life is less about the focus on financials, and more about the simpler things in life like human connection and life experience. 

This was a short but sweet interview, due to the nature of how busy Jonathan is - but indeed there are lessons here for everyone.

In this episode we covered:

  • Early career & inspiration

  • The importance of good design

  • Focusing on the downsizer

  • Shrinking BPM

  • Making great design accessible

  • Why detail and process matters, and

  • Measuring success



🎧 Listen here or watch the episode in full:

SHOW NOTES:

00:46 - Introduction

02:58 - Growing up

04:30 - Lessons learnt from his parents

06:26 - Early career & inspiration

09:44 - The importance of good design

12:08 - Focusing on the downsizer

15:45 - The state of the market

17:15 - Shrinking BPM

20:40 - Making great design accessible

23:18 - Base economics

24:00 - Day-to-day life

26:03 - The Cloakroom

27:13 - L.A.

28:45 - Holding

31:05 - Why detail and process matters

33:10 - Partnerships
34:54 - Tough times & coaching

37:28 - Measuring success

41:07 - Costs of success

43:30 - Mentoring

45:03 - Downsides

45:55 - If he were to re-do his career

47:53 - Worst form of advice he’s received

48:44 - Exercise routine & meditation

49:51 - The power of vulnerability 



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