SID Insider Design Hunter Q+A: Neale Whitaker

Modern design classics, all things Apple, English Brogues and Thai - habitusliving catches up with Belle Editor-in-chief and SID Insider Neale Whitaker.

16 Jul 2013

On My Desk: 

Top row from left: Nespresso Fortissio Lungo capsules (in cup); Swisse Men’s Ultivite tablets; Pear & Lime soy wax candle by Circa Home; Tracey Thorn ‘Bedsit Disco Queen’ (Virago); my Bauer Media security pass; hand-written note from Kelly Wearstler; empty Champagne Ruinart bottle; Bose headphones

Middle row from left: organic green tea; Blackmores fish oil 1000 capsules; keys with Poltrona Frau key tag; Hermes ‘Terre d’Hermes’ ; my i-Pod; Dinosaur Designs resin dish

Bottom row from left: ‘The Block’ magazine; Belle June/July issue; my Weimaraners, Ollie and Otis; Paul Smith spectacles; ‘The Mr Porter Post'; Wallpaper* City Guide Stockholm; Union Jack paperweight; Nespresso Fortissio Lungo capsules

Your name: Neale Whitaker

What you do: Editor-in-Chief, Belle Magazine & Judge on Nine’s ‘The Block‘ 

Your latest project: Belle, August-September 2013 issue

Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

1) Sir Terence Conran
2) Tom Dixon
3) Ben Gorham (Founder of Byredo)

What is your favourite…

Plane: still childishly obsessed with the A380

Chair model: Tom Dixon’s ‘S’ chair for Cappellini

Residential space: Jim Thompson house, Bangkok

Commercial space: Hermes store at piscine Lutetia, St Germain-des-Pres, Paris

Decorative product: anything from Astier de Villatte

Functional product: iPod

Handmade good: Tricker’s’ hand-stitched leather brogues

Mass-produced good: Converse sneakers

Meal: Thai

Restaurant: Spice I Am, Surry Hills, Sydney

Drink: oaky Chardonnay from Orange/Mudgee region, NSW

Bar: anywhere we can take our dogs

Item in your studio: Nespresso machine

Piece of technology: iPhone/iPad/iPod

Historical figure: Elizabeth I

Fictional character: Ignatius J Reilly (‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ by John Kennedy Toole)

Vice: as if

Virtue: far too modest to list them

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Editing, enthusiasm, curiosity and respect. 

From high profile designers to trendsetting design hunters, the SID Insiders will be leading the Sydney Indesign experience by lending us their eyes and ears, sharing their thoughts on Sydney Indesign and giving a personal insight into their own design journeys. 

From their approach to Sydney, favourite haunts and city tips, right down to how they navigate their lives, make sure to follow their Twitter, Instagram andFacebook pages as they share their own experience of Sydney Indesign.

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