Where was your favorite place to live?
This is tough. I’ve lived in Singapore, London and Sydney—but I think Chicago wins. It has the perfect mix of everything you could possibly want in a city.
What’s your favorite room in your home?
My living room. I absolutely love the way the city looks at night out the floor to ceiling windows. Not only is it a great open space for entertaining and, despite it really not being that big, it’s managed to accommodate people in the double digits for Lollapalooza sleepovers.
It’s also full of things that I’ve made or collected over the years that totally paint a picture of who I am. One of my favorites is a black stained Baltic birch plywood bench I made in college. It’s the first piece of furniture I designed that someone tried to buy.
What’s your favorite element/possession?
My Absolut Vodka ad collection. Their old print ads were just so cool. My obsession began in 7th grade and 12 years later, I’m still on the hunt! For years my collection of about 200 sat in plastic sleeves in a huge 3 ring binder. Now my favorites are framed and proudly cover an entire wall of my living room.
What’s your personal decorating style?
Eclectic modern…in limited colors of black, white, beige and green.
What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Who are your design icons?
Frank Gehry. Andy Warhol. Frank Lloyd Wright. Mies van der Rohe. Zaha Hadid.
What are your sources of inspiration?
Everything and anything around me… but there is nothing more incredible than traveling somewhere new and exploring foreign cultures.
In your opinion, what is the best-designed item of all time?
Matches. The ability to create fire whenever you want with a single strike with something that fits into your pocket? Mind blowing. And they smell so good.
What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
My Dad, when I briefly considered going to college for business instead of industrial design…things are not a straight line. You can’t predict where you will go or what you’ll end up doing some day. You can only do what makes you happy, every single day.
You may study one thing, find yourself a job in another, meet someone or go somewhere that leads you down a totally different path and before you know it, you may not know how you even ended up where you are.
But, however unimaginable or unattainable your dream may have been from the beginning, you only get there in the end by loving what you do and following all those little paths.
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