Architect Sam Caradus has been spending some quality time with his two Bengal cats and his partner Maggie during the lockdown. We asked Sam about what they’ve been doing to keep themselves entertained, and what he’s most looking forward to once we’re all able to reconnect.
HOME: What’s the best part of your view from home?
Sam Caradus: This wicked concrete bunker that our neighbours Mon and Shane live in! It was an electrical substation they converted into their home and constantly update in graphic colours. It’s a fun, funky expression of their personalities and it sits perfectly alongside their collection of Combi vans and Devon Rex cats.
H: What are you reading?
SC: The first issue of Island mag showed up last week and features an architectural space designed by a close friend who passed away a few years ago. It has been lovely to see his architectural expression being captured and celebrated in this way.
H: What are you watching?
SC: Our Bengal cats Frida and Leto are a constant stream of visual entertainment. They are active, vocal mischief-makers and lockdown is their ultimate vibe. They have been playing up to the constant human connection and make working from home super entertaining!
H: What are you cooking and/or baking?
SC: Maggie and I recently purchased a section and with the additional time and connection, we have been cooking up ideas for the home that we plan to build there. It’s an idyllic, magical little spot full of promise and possibility.
H: Favourite lockdown object?
SC: Our Vibiemme coffee machine was purchased off of a graphic designer friend a few years ago who was selling his business. It’s become a serious and essential part of the daily morning ritual.
H: What’s inspiring you right now?
SC: The weekend prior to lockdown clients-turned-friends gifted Maggie and me a weekend to stay at the Light and Clay house (designed by Crosson Architects). We spent those precious couple of days by the fire, hiding in the TV nook, reading by the pool, and hanging with their baby rottweiler Nelly. I am inspired by their generosity, my deep connection to this house, and the idea of creating other homes like it for wonderful clients in the future.
H: What’s are you most looking forward to post-lockdown?
SC: I am constantly inspired by optimistic, fun, enthusiastic energy shared by others. The crew at Crosson Architects are providing the perfect daily hit of this at our morning and evening meetings. I can’t wait to reconnect in the studio and continue to do the work we do alongside this special collection of humans.
Discover what our friends are up to in lockdown in our HOME in five series.