Polly Dickens

Polly Dickens

Creative Director

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Who are you?
Creative director, obsessive cook and foodie and collector of huge piles of plates, bowls and glasses gathered on my travels and from markets wherever I am.

What’s the day job?
I oversee the visual and brand side of Habitat from the beginnings of ideas and orientation through the design process to product on the shelf. Photography, web content, graphics, display are all aspects of this, as is travelling and developing product which is still my favourite part.

What does your dream day look like?
It looks like the above (as long as no-one riles me!). The alternative dream would be to be a dinner lady.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
In a palazzo or even a garret in Venice with my poodle who would be very at home with all the other Venetian pooches and my husband who would become a gondolier. We would spend our time eating delicious food, shopping at the fish market and sailing on the lagoon.

What’s the first thing you check out when visiting someone’s home for the first time?
What’s for dinner.

What’s your interior addiction?
Orange anything. Black floors – any material. I have black painted floors, black carpet and black cowskin in my house at the moment.

What makes you really angry?
Lack of transparency, dishonesty of any kind, fudging things, flakiness.

Pick a favourite film, book and song.
Dr Zhivago, Melmoth the Wanderer, Leonard Cohen’s ‘Love Itself’.

Best place you’ve ever been on holiday?
The Splendido in Portofino. Ultimate old-fashioned, glam and luxe. Sadly so expensive that it’s probably only once in a lifetime.

What’s your favourite smell?
Melting tar on a hot road in the South of France.

What single thing would improve your life?
Not being a technophobe.

What are you bad at that you wish you did well?
Everything technical and all things digital.

What would be your Death Row meal?
It would include confit potatoes from the Quality Chophouse which are one of the most disgracefully delicious things imaginable

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