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Design Hunter™ Q+A with Luchetti Krelle

With a string of successful, high-profile hospitality projects under their belts, Rachel Luchetti and Stuart Krelle are fast establishing themselves as talented and mature designers.

Your name: Stuart Krelle and Rachel Luchetti

What you do: Designers – Luchetti Krelle

Your latest project: Fat Noodle – Brisbane 

Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

     1)  Carlo Scarpa

     2)  Heatherwick Studio

     3)  Wim Delvoye

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: Car – Volvo P1800 / Boat : Classic Riviera

Chair model: It is hard to go past a Wegner chair for mid century, as we love the craft and detailing. Though we are liking Jaime Hayon’s Showtime Chair for its customisation and individuality.

Residential space: John Lautner’s Arungo House (Acapulco, Mexico) for its connection with the outdoors.

Commercial space: Au Palais de Tokyo – for its mix of old and new.

Decorative product: “Secret Friends” – Tithi Kutchamuch for the clever multiple uses of these wearable ornaments.

Functional product: a ‘waiter’s friend’ – though perhaps now dying alongside the cork.

Handmade good: Jaime Hayon for Kutani Choemon Ceramics

Mass-produced good: Artline 200 0.4 black pen – we don’t leave home without it. Stuart loves his Minolta SRT 101 passed down from his dad.

Meal: When we work late in the studio we always order local Turkish delivery…. They have the best hummus!

Restaurant: le dauphin – Paris, Porteño – Sydney

Drinkwinter – Malbec (both of us), Summer – Gin & Tonic (SK) Cider (RL)

Bar121BC Enoteca for serious wine enthusiasts.

Item in your studio:  ‘Oh Maria, Keep My Data Safe’, USB Stick – It’s very kitsch and a good ice breaker at our presentations to clients.

Piece of technologyiPhone, iPad and our measuring laser device. Amazing!

Historical figure: Josef Hoffmann – a designer in the true sense of the word. He designed everything from the architecture down to the cutlery on the tables.

Fictional character: Ignatius J. Reilly – ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ by John Kennedy Toole – he’s the antihero. “I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.”

Vice: Coffee

Virtue: Tolerance and truth

What does the term ‘Design Hunter™’ mean to you? To us it means searching high and low and never giving up in the quest for design ideas.