Where you are from:
What you do:
Think, create and make
When did you first know you wanted to be creative:
I was brought up in the outer suburbs and loved making things other kids were buying like skateboards, custom bicycles and Green machine rivals. I always liked adding unique tweaks to these creations and sometimes even sold them.
Your latest project:
Please tell a bit about this, what were the highs and what were the challenges, how did you overcome these?
Congo was designed for urban safari with smart, tailored character. The intention was simple charm but it was always intended to blend in.
The three pieces in this collection strongly reference the past, present and future but it is difficult to strip back a design to raw personality which deserves respect. It is much easier to experiment with new shapes and bright colours, but not so easy to refine ideas and inspire colour palettes that match the original concept.
Where you find inspiration:
Walking and travel
Three people that inspire/excite you:
Paul Smith, Temple Grandin and George Carlin (R.I.P.)
What is your favourite…
Car/bike/plane/boat model: Alfa Montreal 1970
Chair model: Ardea lounge chair, by Carlo Molino
Residential space: Yakisugi House, by Terunobu Fujimori
Commercial space: Guggenheim, New York
Decorative product: Lalique glass
Functional product: bicycle
Handmade good: shoes
Mass-produced good: Ray Bans
Item in your studio: band saw
Time of day to work/play: early morning walk / 9am work / 6pm play
Meal: tagliatelle al ragu
Restaurant: Nomad, Surry Hills, Sydney
Drink: lime soda
Bar: Napier Hotel, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Piece of technology: calculator
Historical figure: Leonardo Da Vinci
Fictional character: Hawkeye Pierce
Vice: road trips
What does the term ‘Design Hunter®’ mean to you?
Who are two people you’d call Design Hunters®?
Shannon Bennett and Patricia Urquiola