Where was your favorite place to live?
There is no other place like New York which has chaos, intensity, incredible culture and people. I love it! It inspires me everyday with its rich history of diverse backgrounds.
In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
I think a modern bicycle combines beauty and elegance together with strength and sheer power of a human to push it—that symbiosis is just amazing.
What are your sources of inspiration?
I walk the streets of NYC and try to find the hidden gems of a time long ago. I look for small relics of the past that are intact and have ridden out the years. I love to find glimpses of the elegance covered up and shut away whether it’s a building, a sign or a manhole cover. They have survived through time and have so many stories to tell.
What are your interests outside of design?
I love spending time with my family, reading about New York history and finding the perfect sushi restaurant.
Who are you design icons?
Winsor McCay. He was an icon of design and innovation in the early 20th century and I am a huge fan. Also, Johnathon Ives—in my opinion he has no contemporary as he has created the future over and over again. And no one can compete with Mr. Steve Jobs.
Form vs. function?
If not both then what’s the point?
What’s your signature?
My signature style is my acute attention to details and intricate line work. I like to create dimension out of nothing.
What’s your favorite element/possession?
When I was about 9 my father bought a very old Asian horse hair whip at a Flea Market. It had two little tokens hanging on leather ropes. One of the tokens was an Asian Dragon made out of silver. It’s a finely detailed piece of art that I really fell in love with. I imagined the amazing history that this treasure must have been carried through—it’s one of my most valued treasures.
What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Anything made by Apple. I love Apple. I love computers and technology. When the first iPhone came out, it simply blew me away. I felt like I was touching the future. This company never seizes to amaze me with their new inventions.
What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
The best pieces of advice came from my all time favorite idol, Mr. Steve Jobs. “Stay hungry, stay foolish” and “The journey is the reward”. These mottoes have helped me balance the good times and the harder times—and never give up on my dreams.