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Clare Napper & Mark Hendy

Clare and Mark 2 - Brits abroad - Elle and James

Entrepreneur, Designer, Artist.

Dubai. U.A.E

Managing Director of Creative , Villa Fan.

Berlin. Germany

British design object you most desire?

I can't think of one object but I definitely desire most of the home furnishings from House of Hackney

Your British cult hero living or dead? 

 David Bowie

Favourite British brand? 

 Cadbury's! I can also vouch that their homegrown British factory makes superior chocolate to any of their international factories. Fact

British album on your playlist right now?

 Blood Orange

Favourite place in Britain? 

East London I guess, but I feel pretty displaced now after 12 years away. Probably time to come home soon...

Where do you call home in Britain? 

 I grew up just south of Reading, Berkshire. Eversley, Finchampstead and Wokingham are where my childhood memories are.

What do you miss most about Britain? 

 Freedom of speech and democracy. And safe, considerate driving!

Favourite pub/restaurant/hotel in Britain?

 That's a hard one but Soho Farmhouse last summer was glorious and can't fault Ottolenghi

What do you take back from Britain to Dubai that you can't get there? 

Decent birthday cards

If you had credit in SGB, what would you self-gift? 

The bumper pack of Unison Colour pastels

What gift would you give to someone special from SGB? 

Haeckels of Margate Seasonal Gift Box for my mum on Mother's Day.

British design object you most desire?

A Georgian town house in Primrose Hill would be nice. Or, more realistically, being able to wear a Burberry trench coat without the hilarious flasher related comments that inevitably follow. Maybe I should buy one and just get new friends.

Your British cult hero living or dead?

So many to choose from, but I'm gonna say Beau Brummell. Who wouldn't want to be known as the original dandy? And they say he invented the suit.

Favourite British brand?

Thinking purely about a brand. I'd say Vivienne Westwood. Keeping the punk spirit alive and relevant well into her 70s.  

Favourite current British band?

Wolf Alice.

British album on your playlist right now?

Honestly? the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack.

Favourite place in Britain?

Can i choose 2? Dorset and Villa Park.

Where do you call home in Britain?

 Dorset, but London still feels like home when I am there too.

What do you miss most about Britain?

 Again, it's a long long list, Family and friends goes without saying..but i said it anyway. British Indian food, its better than German Indian food. The British sense of humour is a big one too. And a good pub quiz, but only when I'm on Sir Gordon's team. 

Favourite pub/restaurant in Britain?

 In terms of interior I aways loved the Salisbury Arms in London, that iconic photo of Marianne Faithful was taken in one of the booths. Restaurant wise; The Crab House Cafe in Dorset. Who needs lobster when you can have Portland crab.

What do you take back from Britain to Germany that you can't get there?

 I still have boxes and boxes of books in the attic at my parent's house. So I stuff as many as I can fit into my suitcase whenever I am there.

If you had credit in SGB, what would you self-gift?

 I already had to buy one of those beautiful London Brick vases. Which are amazing. But I would use a credit to maintain my English gentleman charade with the Germans by helping myself to a Fox Umbrella RS8. With the solid oak handle.

What gift would you give to someone from SGB?

My family lives on the coast so it would have to be some of the Haeckels seaweed based products of course. 

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