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.
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
Your latest project: Belle, August-September 2013 issue
Who are three people that inspire/excite you:
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
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.
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