Design Hunter™ Q+A with James Dawson
For our last Design Hunter™ in the MINI Countryman series, James Dawson of Dawson Interiors shares his design favourites, aesthetic ethos, and love of beaches and coast drives with Habitusliving.
Your name: James Dawson
Your latest project: High End river front apartment – Brisbane
Who are three people that inspire/excite you:
1) Inga Sempe
2) Tom ford
What is your favourite?
Chair model: The Moustache Paris Bold Chair in Italian cashmere designed by Big-Game, It’s surprisingly comfy and a great statement piece
Residential space: My home, Its interesting and unique with little surprises and details throughout.
Commercial space: The duomo in Milan, Italy because the detailing and character is phenomenally beautiful.. I love it !
Decorative products: I love Interesting & unique flowers + Moooi “Delft Blue” Vases + Cassina “Cicognino” side table.
Functional product: My watch - Georg Jenson, Koppel Champaign face of course – with out it I would be lost & …late
Handmade good: Lee Broom crystal globes
Mass- produced good: Chocolate
Meal: Pear, Walnut & Parmesan Salad– I’m not a great cook but this I can make …delicious
Restaurant: Le Relais de l’Entrecote Paris, France- the steak sauce is famous and worth the trip or the odd snowstorm to get it!!
Drink: Diet coke
Item in your studio: Vintage Louis Vuitton suitcase
Piece of technology: blackberry + tablet
Historical figure: Charles Darwin – Interesting man
Fictional character: Robert Langdon
Vice: Over thinking
Virtue: Treat everyone I meet with respect.
Favourite long-distance drive (route or destination): Great Ocean Road to Lorne. Most amazing scenic views over Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean + rainforests, beaches and cliffs.
Between beach, mountain and forest, which do you prefer? Definitely the beach! You can’t beat the feeling of sea salt and fresh air.
If you go camping is it luxe or rustic? Definitely Luxe …me and nature have a love hate relationship
What would you pack into the extra space of a MINI Countryman? Picnic basket full of all my favourite foods, drinks …… fly spray lol
What colour would your MINI Countryman be? What does this say about you? I love the Cosmic metallic blue. The car is designed for living! And it’s a reflection on how I live and work… The same attention to detail goes into the interior spaces that I create for my clients.
What does the term ‘Design Hunter’™ mean to you? For me it means looking past the standard trends to find unique and exciting new items/products/materials that can be used to create amazing spaces for people to enjoy.