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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

bar: With so many great choices its hard to settle on one in Sydney, but at the moment I am liking the Corner House and 10 William St, and any place with outside seating as it gets warmer

item in your studio: ‘Ratty’ the stuffed kangaroo – Place Partners’ unofficial mascot

piece of technology: I do like a tweet in the morning

historical figure: William Whyte and Jane Jacobs – they both had much to do with making Manhattan one of the most desired places in the world to visit, live and work in.

fictional character: Jo March, Little Women – I can remember reading it and thinking ‘cool, can girls do that?’

vice: Gelato Messina – lemon, pistachio and hazelnut, the same 3 flavours I have had since I was a child (and conveniently located across the road from the Buffalo Dining Room)

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?