SID Exhibitor Design Hunter Q+A: John Winning

Responsible for expanding the Winning Appliances empire in new, digital directions, John Winning shares his family's passion for quality, innovation, and understanding his clients.

14 Aug 2013

Your name:  John Winning

What you do: I’m CEO of the Winning Group which includes Appliances Online – an online business I started when I was 21 years old, Winning Appliances – my family’s century-old kitchen and laundry specialist business, online audio-visual specialist Big Brown Box and national installation company Handy Crew.

Your latest project: In terms of work, I’m constantly looking at how to provide the best shopping experience in the world. Exceptional customer service is the backbone of the Winning Group and I’m passionate about thinking outside the square to elevate the shopping experience we provide our customers.

When I’m away from the office, I’m working on renovating an old warehouse space. The project involves converting a 1000sqm warehouse into an entertaining house that suits my lifestyle.

Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

1) Steve Jobs
2) Ted Turner
3) Jack Welch

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: Anything that is fast and comfortable

Chair model: Anything that rocks

Residential space: My new warehouse conversion

Commercial space: The Winning Group Head Office of course

Decorative product: My Rigards sunglasses

Functional product: Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Handmade good: My custom-made bed

Mass-produced good: Sub-Zero Fridge

meal: Sushi

restaurant: The Bazaar in LA

drink: H2coco coconut water

bar: Lobo Plantation Sydney

item in your studio: iPod

piece of technology: Speakers

historical figure: Nikola Tesla

fictional character: Andy Kaufman

vice: Music

virtue: My lack of patience

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Pursuing an idea that is unique and innovative – pushing boundaries to create something worth sharing and talking about.