Proust Travel Questionnaire: Niels Bendtsen

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

You’ve encountered Niels Bendtsen’s work at MoMA (his Ribbon Chair, in the permanent collection) or a Starbucks near you (the Aura stool). Whether for his own company, Bensen, or another, the Copenhagen-born, Vancouver-based designer frequents Milan. He answers our Proust-inspired travel questionnaire.

The in-flight film you hope for: Midnight in Paris. It was comical and light.

The last book you took on holiday: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, but I didn’t read it.

You tend to pack too many… Shirts.

Your idea of travel happiness: Dinner at La Libera in Milan.

Your idea of travel misery: Bad airplane food.

Your favorite quality in a hotel: Cleanliness and simplicity.

What do you appreciate most in a travel partner? That we get along.

What is your greatest extravagance while abroad? Good dinners.

What is your favorite journey to take? I like going to Milan. It’s the atmosphere.

What is your greatest fear abroad? I haven’t had any fears, but I do fear some of the things I read about in newspapers.

What is the travel habit you most deplore in yourself? I think if I had one, I’d try to correct it.

What is the travel habit you most deplore in others? That they don’t correct their bad habits.

In what travel situations do you lie? I’ve lied going through customs.

When and where were you last happiest? I’m quite happy generally.

What is your most treasured take-along? It’s got to be my shirts.

What is your travel motto? I don’t have one, like, ‘pack light.’ I pack what I need. Everything is counted out for the amount of days, right down to the amount of pills.

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