Design Hunter™ Q+A with Kylie Legge
On the heels of releasing her new book on urban trends, Kylie Legge sits down with Habitusliving to tell us about her design favourites.
Your name: Kylie Legge
What you do: I am a place maker – which means that me and my team help communities, government and developers make better and more human urban environments that people want to spend time in.
Your latest project:
Publishing the first in the Urban Trends book series ‘Doing it Differently’ about all the inspiring community led projects around the world.
Who are three people that inspire/excite you:
1) Anyone out there trying to make a positive difference in their community
2) Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney – she’s committed to the big picture as well as all the little steps that need to happen to get us there – even if some are uncomfortable
3) The people I didn’t mention in #1
What is your favourite…
Car/bike/plane/boat model: Dream car- 280sl Mercedes, Bike – share, Plane – anything with in seat entertainment, Boat – ferry
Chair model: While there is some pretty sophisticated contemporary designs I adore anything preloved, mid 20th century Nordic furniture particularly
Residential space: It’s not a permanent home but for my short time there The Ace Hotel in Portland really aims to make you feel that way
Commercial space: Does the garden courtyard inside the Museum of Modern Art in New York count?
Decorative product: I am loving all the fabulous street art that is decorating our cities. It’s so often really clever and thought provoking
Functional product: My bed
Handmade good: My sheets – from a women’s enterprise group in India Pure and General
Mass-produced good: Ikea basics
meal: Anything my sister makes – amazing! Hampshire & Legge Catering
restaurant: Buffalo Dining Room – ricotta gnocchi to die for
drink: Lychee mojito with lots of lychees
item in your studio: ‘Ratty’ the stuffed kangaroo – Place Partners’ unofficial mascot
piece of technology: I do like a tweet in the morning
fictional character: Jo March, Little Women – I can remember reading it and thinking ‘cool, can girls do that?’
virtue: Early morning walks around my neighbourhood
What does the term ‘Design Hunter’™ mean to you?
I am more of an ‘Ideas Hunter’. If that manifests itself as an object then that is great but sometimes its more about creative thinking than being ‘artistic’. Maybe ‘Design Hunter’™ is about finding clever solutions to the world’s challenges whether that’s peeling a potato or the revitalisation of a city?