Design Hunter™ Q+A with Glenda Barnes

This week we catch up with Glenda Barnes, Head Designer at Taste Living, to hear about her design favourites.

30 Jan 2013

Your name: Glenda Barnes

What you do: Head Designer, Taste Living

Your latest project: Creative development of the Taste brand, an exciting new concept in home transformation. Zig-zagging across Europe to source well designed, affordable products. From precision made German kitchens and bathroom ware to beautiful Swedish designed and manufactured furniture, designing six major retail outlets to showcase all of these great products.

Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

     1) Marc Newson: Industrial Designer

     2) Zhang Xin: Founder of Soho China Ltd, a self made female billionaire, the largest prime office real estate developer in China.

     3) Norman Foster

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: The Concord jet or a 1950’s 356 Speedster 

Chair model: Saarinen Womb Chair

Residential space: My own home designed by me to suit my family and our needs

Commercial space: The Libeskind building, Jewish Museum Berlin

Decorative product: Can’t go past fresh flowers

Functional product: little wooden hand held citrus juicer I bought in Italy

Handmade good: hand screened fabric and wallpaper

meal: Christmas lunch (preferably mainly cooked by me)

Mass-produced good: Magi Mix food processor

restaurant: I love simple Italian food, so probably Fratelli Paradiso Potts Point or anything cooked by Stefano Manfredi…. Bell’s at Kilcare

drink: Hendricks gin and tonic w/a slice fresh cucumber

bar: Hotel Costes, Paris

item in your studio: Stelton coffee/tea decanter, which I use for cold water

piece of technology: Beosound 8 Bang & Olufsen speaker system

historical figure: Antoni Gaudi

fictional character: Lara Croft

vice: Great Cheese

virtue: Patience

What does the term ‘Design Hunter™’ mean to you? Sourcing, researching, looking outside the conventional design box. I would be looking for interesting and innovative uses for existing items that are unexpected and unconventional, surprising. Melding design concepts to create your personal style, making your own statement