Henrietta Thompson is a design writer, editor and curator based in London. She is editor-at-large at Wallpaper magazine, co-founder and director of Furthermore Media, and co-founder of Naked On The Piano, a central-London based editorial agency. Henrietta writes a design column for the Telegraph as well as the lead monthly column in British Airways’ Business Life magazine. She regularly contributes to a variety of other publications including the Guardian, Mr Porter, and Viewpoint. As a curator Henrietta led the British government’s GREAT Festival of Creativity in China in 2015. Previous exhibitions include Everything Forever Now, an internationally touring exhibition of sustainable design for the British Council, several installations at the V&A, and an annual exhibition of Scandinavian design for the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Henrietta is the author of five books.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A free day turning up unexpectedly in a busy week. Topped off with a drink in the sun with someone I love.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Late night Net-a-Portering
What is your current state of mind?
Back-to-school new-pencil-case fresh, excited for the coming year...
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Which talent would you most like to have?
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
An iridescent unicorn of happiness
Where would you most like to live?
London but I sometimes wish London was closer to the sea
What do you most value in your friends?
Consideration and honesty
What is it that you most dislike?
Smartphone zombies - even though I know I'm often one of them
What is your motto?
“The future isn't just something that happens. It's a brutal force, with a great sense of humor, that'll steamroll you if you're not watching."