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Design Hunter Q+A with Emma Young

Our third Design Hunter in the Mullum Creek series is Emma Young, co-director of Phooey Architects. Habitusliving hears about her favourites, spanning Lego, fish stew and Get Smart.

Your name: Emma Young

What you do: I live & work in Melbourne and am happily married with two cheeky kids, Maxwell (aged 6) & Olive (aged 4). I work alongside my husband & co-director, Peter Ho and together we have headed PHOOEY Architects Pty Ltd since 2002.

Your latest project: Our latest project (to be completed this month) is the Cubo House, located in Alfred Cres, Fitzroy North. This project applies the surrealist technique of Cubomania to catalogue, re-use and re-invent the demolished building materials.

 Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

     1)  Peter Ho

     2)  George R Martin

     3)  Marion Mahony Griffin

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: Porsche 356 (car)

Chair model: Grant Featherstone Contour

Residential space: The Cubo House by PHOOEY Architects,  Fitzroy North

Commercial space: Our office

Decorative product: Cocoflip pendant

Functional product: Dench bread

Handmade good: My bag – A Ron Swan satchel

Mass-produced good: Lego

Meal: Fish Stew 

Restaurant: Tiamo’s in Carlton

Drink: Currently Rose

Bar: Meyers Place by Six Degrees

Item in your studio: A teapot which is shaped like a pear

Piece of technology: iPhone

Historical figure: Leonardo da Vinci

Fictional character: Maxwell Smart

Vice: I read alot of Fantasy Fiction

Virtue: I work hard (& am fortunate enough to love my job!)

What does ‘sustainability’ mean to you? Acting as a custodian of this planet & respecting it/ taking responsibility, rather than just using up its resources & being oblivious to the leftovers/ waste.

What is your favourite aspect of the Mullum Creek development? The strong connections between inside & outside & with the environment beyond.

What type of community do you think Mullum Creek will attract? Families who care about our environment.

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Someone who tends to look out for inspiringly designed objects/ spaces.

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