Design Hunter Q+A with Emma Young
Our third Design Hunter in the Mullum Creek series is Emma Young, co-director of Phooey Architects. Habitusliving hears about her favourites, spanning Lego, fish stew and Get Smart.
Your name: Emma Young
What you do: I live & work in Melbourne and am happily married with two cheeky kids, Maxwell (aged 6) & Olive (aged 4). I work alongside my husband & co-director, Peter Ho and together we have headed PHOOEY Architects Pty Ltd since 2002.
Your latest project: Our latest project (to be completed this month) is the Cubo House, located in Alfred Cres, Fitzroy North. This project applies the surrealist technique of Cubomania to catalogue, re-use and re-invent the demolished building materials.
Who are three people that inspire/excite you:
1) Peter Ho
2) George R Martin
3) Marion Mahony Griffin
What is your favourite…
Car/bike/plane/boat model: Porsche 356 (car)
Chair model: Grant Featherstone Contour
Residential space: The Cubo House by PHOOEY Architects, Fitzroy North
Commercial space: Our office
Decorative product: Cocoflip pendant
Functional product: Dench bread
Handmade good: My bag – A Ron Swan satchel
Mass-produced good: Lego
Meal: Fish Stew
Restaurant: Tiamo’s in Carlton
Drink: Currently Rose
Item in your studio: A teapot which is shaped like a pear
Piece of technology: iPhone
Historical figure: Leonardo da Vinci
Fictional character: Maxwell Smart
Vice: I read alot of Fantasy Fiction
Virtue: I work hard (& am fortunate enough to love my job!)
What does ‘sustainability’ mean to you? Acting as a custodian of this planet & respecting it/ taking responsibility, rather than just using up its resources & being oblivious to the leftovers/ waste.
What is your favourite aspect of the Mullum Creek development? The strong connections between inside & outside & with the environment beyond.
What type of community do you think Mullum Creek will attract? Families who care about our environment.
What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Someone who tends to look out for inspiringly designed objects/ spaces.