Desert Island Desks

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Caroline Robbie, Principal, Quadrangle

A Principal at Quadrangle-BDP, Caroline Robbie is a designer of projects, from small jewels to massive infrastructure. Four decades of practice include working with Will Alsop on the Tabletop at OCAD University, building a baseball palace at SkyDome and, for the past 10 years, concentrating on creative media and broadcast spaces in Toronto and Hollywood. Here’s Caroline’s Desert Island wishlist…

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MY BLUNDSTONE BOOTS

These are my go-to footwear, unless it’s 90 degrees out. Worn-in and completely comfortable, I even have a pair for site visits with steel toes.

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MOSQUITO NETTING

The little bloodsuckers love me and I could take desert island living if I didn’t have to be itchy.

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NEGRONI MIX BY CAMPARI

Who knows if there will be chinotto and cascarilla, let alone juniper berries on the island? So, just in case!

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RADIO AND MP3 PLAYER

I am definitely going to need something to play music on because I definitely don’t want my iPhone on a desert island!

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ROLLS OF TRACE PAPER AND PILOT FINELINER PENS

These two are always at hand to jot down quick sketches when explaining concepts. As I’d be on my own, there would not be so much explaining – but I can imagine lots of ideas would be captured with all that free time.

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FOUNDATION TRILOGY BY ISAAC ASIMOV

I have read it many times and will keep doing so. This was my introduction to science fiction when I was a teenager and it opened an exciting new world of imagination to me.

TRACKS FOR THE JUKEBOX:

Suffragette City by David Bowie – Hearing this at the age of 11 changed what would have been a life of classical music for a violin nerd in elementary school.

Bennie & the Jets by Elton John – Anything and everything by Elton John was on my record player as a teenager – but this one was in heavy rotation.

Love Rollercoaster by the Ohio Players – You always need a great dance track and because I still love disco…there, I said it!

Gloria by Patti Smith – Because she’s still touring at 70, is still an artist and a poet and has a better Instagram feed than anyone!

Pyscho Killer by the Talking Heads – I saw them perform this soon after its release in 1977. Made punk mean something to me as a bunch of art school dropouts.

A Kissed Out Red Floatboat by the Cocteau Twins – There’s nothing like Liz Fraser’s voice in your head to take you somewhere else.