Where was your favorite place to live?
So far it’s been living in Kansas City. It has a small town feel, with all the offerings that larger urban areas have. Fantastic restaurants, and the art & music scene is very impressive.
What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Without a doubt it’s music. I can’t go a single day without listening to something. I’ve been playing the guitar for about 10 years, and used to play in a small band in college. Music is such a huge influence on my life, and sometimes I wonder if I should have chosen a career in the music industry.
Who are your design icons?
Definitely the Eames and Raymond Loewy as early examples. One of my favorite current designers would have to be Tom Dixon.
Form vs. function?
Function—which isn’t to say you can’t have both. I don’t think it is necessarily one or the other but for me, form follows function. You could design the coolest looking chopsticks on the planet, but if they can’t pick up sushi, what’s the point?
What’s your favorite element/possession?
A Saarinen side chair—that I found!
What one item do you wish you owned?
Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. Does that count as an item?
What are your sources of inspiration?
Anything in my day to day life can trigger inspiration for me, but one of my main sources would have to be nature. I am forever obsessed with trees.