Q&A Seth Woodmansterne Deputy MD, Woodmansterne Publications

By Jo Francis, Monday 21 January 2019

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While most of us are still recovering from Christmas 2018, for Seth and the team at Woodmansterne planning is already well underway for the firm’s Christmas 2019 range of fine art cards and Advent calendars.

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He’s 32 and says that his hobbies include: “Art, design, collecting, travelling, sports, history and current affairs.” He also has a weakness for “dogs, Land Rover Defenders, and gin martinis.” Seth is pictured with his father, Paul, the firm’s managing director. 

What would be your dream job? 

I feel very lucky to say I’m already doing it! The opportunity to work with a great team, adapt, improve, and have some great fun along the way. 

What is your favourite film? 

Barry Lyndon by Stanley Kubrick – stunning, unique and a classic

What is your favourite TV programme? 

A firm favourite is Yes, Minister – brilliantly witty, and still so relevant after over 30 years

What is your favourite phrase or saying? 

'Measure twice, cut once' – sound advice that has never left me, from my design teacher Mr Taylor at school

What is your favourite album? 

I’m really enjoying Americana by The Offspring in the gym – a throwback to my youth!

What is your favourite book/what book are you reading at the moment?

I just started reading Factfulness – ten reasons we’re wrong about the world and why things are better than you think, by Hans Rosling

Cat or dog, or…? 

Would love to have an Airedale or two!

What is your greatest luxury in life?

My unique Land Rover Defender

What is the strangest job you’ve ever done?

Working for a crook at a pizza joint in Soho for two weeks was certainly eye opening

What’s your greatest fear? 

Being forced to drink a milkshake

Who or what makes you laugh? 

The delivery of Brexit 

Which superpower would you like to have? 

Time travel – helpful for getting more hours in the day, and also to travel into history and witness it for myself

Who would be your favourite party guests?

Samuel Pepys (diarist in mid-17th century London), Winston Churchill, and Coco Chanel

What was your childhood obsession?

I started collecting chairs when I was 12!

What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off? 

The next one, otherwise what’s there to work for?! 

Life is…? 

…there for the taking

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