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Desert Island Desks: Olga Turner, Ekkist

The design consultancy’s director and co-founder shares her desert island must-haves.

15/02/2021 2 min read

Olga is Managing Director and Co-founder of Ekkist, a design consultancy specialising in advising on health and wellbeing in buildings. She is a Chartered Surveyor, WELL AP and WELL Faculty member and also a member of the RICS Eastern Region Board.

Olga specialises in consulting on the WELL Building Standard and is one of the first consultants in the UK to gain WELL Faculty status. In 2019, she was listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 in the ‘Manufacturing and Industry’ category for her work in health and wellbeing in the built environment. Olga regularly speaks at events and conferences on the topic of health and wellbeing (including our last Mix Roundtable!) and is a member of several thought leadership groups, including the Construction Leadership Council’s health and wellbeing metrics group for smart buildings.

Our huge 8m teepee

We bought it expecting to have lots of summer parties and then lockdown happened so it’s only had one outing! It can live its best life on an island rather than being stuck in the shed!

‘Food from the Fire’ by Niklas Ekstedt

I’ve always wanted to learn how to cook on an open fire and to go back to basics –and being stranded on an island would be the ultimate opportunity to try this. I’ve had this cookbook a while and am ashamed to say I haven’t yet attempted anything!

Tropical plants

To get a garden going! It’s is one of my favourite hobbies and the ultimate escape from the city, laptops and overthinking!

Earl grey tea

Coffee is overrated!

A Granby Workshop recycled Granby Rock dining table

I want this for island feasts. I’ve wanted one ever since I saw it in Ballymore’s Mill Harbour development show home – for both its beauty and sustainability credentials!

The Another Country Pottery Series Black Pitcher

I’d like this for displaying island flowers. It’s so simple but so beautiful and makes any flowers pop. My husband bought it for my birthday one year and I absolutely love it. 

Tracks for the jukebox

  • ‘Hark The Heralds Angels Sing’

    Because I couldn’t be stuck on an island with no Christmas songs! I love the festivities so much that we got married on the 12th day of Christmas and had a winter celebration with sheepskins, carols and mulled wine!

  • Anything rom Metronomy’s album ‘The English Riviera’

    Now that we have Christmas sorted, some summer vibes! Very chilled and reminds me of British summers and long days.

  • Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

    The ultimate power anthem for when I need to feel unstoppable!

  • Runaway (U and I) by Galantis

    For island jogs (I’d try to keep fit if I was stranded!)

  • Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

    I had to. It reminds me of my best friend’s wedding and great times spent together at university, dancing like no one is watching!

  • Cola by CamelPhat

    Finally, a chilled one for island sundowners.

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