Desert Island Desks

Andrew Whiting, Owner and Principal, HÛT 

Andrew established HÛT – an award-winning architectural practice based in Shoreditch, in 2002. HÛT specialises in the design of places to live and places to work, many schemes combining both areas of expertise in urban re-invention projects. The name HÛT highlights a belief that a simple, refined approach – robust, carefully considered and beautifully resolved – produces the most elegant designs. Here are Andrew’s equally elegant desert island selections. 

A Reflux Sttill

 

A REFLUX STILL
So that I can distil my own gin. Which I can then use to create a lifetime’s supply of Eastern Standard cocktails. 

 

Jetski


AN ELECTRIC JETSKI
Given there’s no petrol but lots of sunshine on a desert island, and I shall have time on my hands to charge it via solar panels, this would seem to be just the thing to satisfy my need for speed. 

 

Armchair

 

A RECLINING ARMCHAIR
One with a footstool – for afternoon naps. And rest periods between imbibing gin cocktails and taking my jetski out. 

 

Radio

A WIND-UP RADIO 
For listening to Radio 4 so I can keep up to date with all the global current affairs that have absolutely no effect on my own local ones. 

 

Sunglasses


MY SUNGLASSES 

One of my many pairs of almost identical sunglasses would be useful as I don’t anticipate wearing much else on my desert island – but some protection for my eyes might come in handy. 

 

TRACKS FOR THE DESERT ISLAND JUKEBOX:
Nightmares on Wax – You Wish
Some random jazz that I like but seems to irritate all those around me – which I’m guessing will just be marine life on my desert island
Groove Armada – My Friend
Some awful Rihanna/Taylor Swift/Drake music to remind me of my lovely daughters
AC/DC – Ain’t No Fun Waiting Round To Be A Millionaire