De­sign note­book

Q&A with Derek Henderson

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What do you love most about your collection? Going to the galleries, shows and auc­tions and meet­ing like-minded peo­ple who en­gage in art. Seeing the collection ev­ery day at home and get­ting some­thing new from the pieces over time. I al­ways grav­i­tate to­wards work that, at first, I might not like or un­der­stand and slowly, after spend­ing time with it, it grows on me.

I of­ten use my book collection for ref­er­ence and scan the book­case for some­thing I haven’t looked at for a while – it can in­spire me or re­mind me of some­thing I was in­ter­ested in, and now I feel I can tackle that idea.

What do you love about the light in your home? Our liv­ing area faces north so we have di­rect light com­ing into that room all day, and I al­ways en­joy watch­ing it change through the day. It’s the same in our bed­room: I of­ten just sit in ei­ther room and watch the light fall­ing on ob­jects. I think that’s why I like shoot­ing still-life, be­cause of the way light falls on things.

What do you love most about where you live? Be­ing close to the beach: it’s in­spir­ing and up­lift­ing. Again, look­ing at the light by the sea­side gives you fresh ideas. Also be­ing able to throw your­self into the sea is ex­hil­a­rat­ing and throw­ing the kids in is even more fun.

If you could do any­thing to your home right now what would you do? Build a stu­dio on top of the garage so I could have a space where I could leave things set up for a while.

What do peo­ple say about your home when they visit? Nice things or they don’t get to come back!

What do you love most about re­turn­ing home? Seeing my kids come run­ning down the cor­ri­dor to meet me.

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