Charles Bettes, Managing Director, gpad london ltd
Charles Bettes is an award-winning architect and Managing Director of gpad london ltd, the architect and interior design practice based in Old Street, London. gpad works across a range of building types, including housing, private residential, offices and mixed-use developments and takes a design-led approach, producing elegant designs, whilst being sympathetic to each site and its context.
This is a daily need and I don’t imagine it’s something I would give up for a life in paradise. It keeps me going and focused in the afternoon, and similarly it would be a great help with all the fishing, hunting and gathering involved in island life.
The sketch pad is an absolute essential. I’m constantly sketching designs and making lists; of things to do and things I should be doing. I don’t recall often getting to the end of a ‘to do’, but the joy of being able to tick things off is rewarding.
Music is a great source of inspiration. It’s an important stimulus for creative work. My personal preference is for a mixture of electronica, dance, hip hop and UK garage – but anything with a steady beat helps get work done.
CRATE OF BEER
There’s no better way to cool down in hot weather or relax after a hard day’s work. It would have to be cold though, so this wish comes with a fridge clause, preferably one that magically restocks with different brews from around the world.
The only problem with this would be the glaring sunshine shining off the pages and blinding me. If I’m not allowed a pair of shades, I’m sure I could find a shady palm tree – and what a great excuse to design the perfect shelter for the tropics. I love reading magazines, whether design-based or just culture in general; High Snobiety, Cereal, Kinfolk, Open House are some of the titles I check regularly and, of course, Mix Interiors.
I like a bit of friendly competition and this game has a leisurely enough pace to not be too demanding in hot weather. Also there’s plenty of time to sip that beer between turns!
TRACKS FOR THE DESERT ISLAND JUKEBOX:
1. SBTRKT and Little Dragon – Wildfire
2. Jungle – Busy Earnin’
3. KAYTRANADA – Got it Good
4. Caribou – Can’t do Without You
5. Burial – Raver