Design Hunter Q+A: Gabi & Pawel of Resident GP
Gabit & Pawel are Design Hunters - literally. As owners of an online homewares store their job is to continuously hunt out design.
Name: Gabi Sidhu and Pawel Gaca
Where you are from/live: We’re from Perth and moved to Melbourne just over a year ago.
What you do: We own an online homewares store called Resident GP Homewares & Gifts.
Above: Recycled Pallet Pendant
When did you first know you wanted to be a design retailer… For Gabi it was while studying architecture and working in design stores. Pawel has always wanted to work for himself and create a business – it was just written in the stars for us!
Your latest project: The store has only been open for 9 months so it is definitely still a project in the making but we have so many ideas and plans for the coming months. It is very exciting.
Where you find inspiration: Everywhere! Travel, Melbourne, online: Instagram, Pinterest, various blogs. And people who don’t follow society’s rules.
Three people that inspire/excite you:
1) Zaha Hadid – architect
2) Natalie Massenet – founder of Net-a-Porter
3) Sophia Amoruso – founder of Nasty Gal
What is your favourite…
Car/bike/plane/boat model: Pagani Zonda ☺
Chair model: Jean Prouve Standard Chair
Residential space: C + M Studio Cross Street
Commercial space: Beauty EDU in Melbourne by Techne Architects
Decorative product: A Kate & Kate throw is a simple way to update a room.
Functional product: Recycled Pallet Pendant because good design and sustainability go hand in hand
Handmade good: One and Many Blue Marble Bowl. You can feel the maker’s touch.
Mass-produced good: Menu Gridy Me Mirror, simple and stylish
Item in your studio: Moss Design Trumpet Desk Lamp
Time of day to work/play: The beauty of working for yourself is never having to stick to a 9-5 schedule so when the creativity or motivation hits you can always get down to business.
Meal: Ricotta Hotcake at Top Paddock
Restaurant: Seamstress, Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Drink: Bowmore 12 year old Whiskey
Bar: Helvetica, Perth
Piece of technology: Without a doubt, the iPhone, couldn’t live without it.
Historical figure: Oscar Wilde
Fictional character: Basil Fawlty
Vice: The dessert pizza at Baby Pizza
Virtue: To always treat people with kindness
What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you?
Someone who seeks out good design. Something or someplace that is not only aesthetically pleasing but has practical function too.
Who are two people you’d call Design Hunters?
Jaime Derringer, Founder and Executive Editor of design-milk.com and Lucy Feagins, Founder of The Design Files.