I was born in the UK but I went to school and design college in South Africa. I left South Africa when I was 21 and moved to London. I lived there for 7 years before moving to Belgium for work reasons. I now run my own design business in Belgium and live 20 minutes outside of Brussels in the country.
I am a designer so I like art, design and photography and I collect mid century furniture. I am a single dad with two kids under the age of 10 with whom I try and travel as much as possible to expose them to different cultures and environments.
My favourite destination is South Africa, partially because I grew up there and also because its such a beautiful country to visit. When I am travelling in Europe I prefer to get to know a place from a locals perspective rather than staying in a large chain hotel. I find that by staying with or working with local people you gain a much better feeling for the ambience of a town or city.
The five things I could not live without in no particular order -:-
1. My kids
2. Being 'connected'
5. A pencil
My tastes in music, movies, books and food are extremely diverse but her are some more specifics:
Authors : Douglas Coupland, Tom Wolfe, Ryszard Kapuściński, Ian Banks
Movies : Into the Wild, Sexy Beast, In Bruges ...
Music : Johnny Cash, Alt-J, The National, The Pixies, Bloc Party, The Lumineers, Modest Mouse, Smashing Pumpkins, Nick Cave, Arcade Fire, The Joy Formidable, The White Stripes, Bowie, Lou Reed, The Naked and Famous, Roy Orbisson, Gorillaz, Florence + The Machine, Hot Chip, R.E.M.,Nina Simone, The Smiths etc etc etc .
Food : Asian, Italian, French (oh and a good steak)
Life mottos are not really something I go in for but if there is one that suits me it's probably 'Eat well, travel often'.