Desert Island Desks

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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.

 

 

COFFEE
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.

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SKETCH PAD
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. 

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MUSIC
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. 

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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.

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MAGAZINES
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. 

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FRENCH BOULES
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!

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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