Frequent Flyer: David Caon

David Caon.
David Caon. 

This designer spent four years working on the A380 project.

Q Tell us about your work on Qantas's A380 interiors and business-class lounges.

A I was working for Marc Newson Ltd at the time in Paris and the A380 was the studio's primary focus for four years from 2003. It was a huge endeavour for everyone involved and we designed everything on board that we could, down to the cutlery and crockery. It's rare that a project will afford so many varied design opportunities. After I established my own studio, Qantas asked me to design a range of furniture for the business-class lounges to coincide with some interiors by Woods Bagot. The first lounge that the furniture would feature in was Hong Kong and we made the furniture nearby in Shanghai. I was delighted to have an opportunity to get to know that amazing city over many visits.

Q How often are you on the road?

A I'll travel at least once a month. Last year I visited the US almost once a month for an aviation project. This year I've been working on a couple of projects in Melbourne.

Q Your favourite hotel?

A The Waterhouse in Shanghai. I stayed there many times and always had great service. The architecture by Neri & Hu is thought provoking.

Q What's in your hand luggage?

A As little as possible. Sketchbook, iPad, headphones, minimal toiletries, minimal change of clothes. I like to glide through security.

Q What inspires you?

A I like to get to the heart of the city first, then stop to have a glass of wine and a bite somewhere that I've read about. I want to understand what life is like in that city. It's harder in some cities, such as LA and Sydney, where the city centres aren't necessarily as active as other areas. You have to know your target.

Q Dream destination?

A Japan. Especially in the spring when it's not too hot or cold. I can wander the streets for days in Tokyo. There's so much to discover and their approach to art, design and architecture really strikes a chord with me.

Q Who do you take inspiration from for your work?

A Thomas Heatherwick (Britain), Tadao Ando (Japan), Oscar Neimeyer (Brazil), George Lois (US), Naoto Fukasawa (Japan), Marc Newson (Australia), Achille Castiglioni (Italy) and Paul Rand (US).

 

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