What are your sources of inspiration?
Shadow puppets, classic cartoons, Mexican pointy boots, coffee grounds, found objects, cockroaches, Sci-fi spaceships, circus lights and awkward friends. I try to not limit my imagination.
Guerrilla gardening, photographing architecture, visiting museums, art making… Who are your design icons?
Ettore Sottsass Jr., Raymond Lowey, Deiter Rams, Oki Sato, Alexander McQueen, David Carson, Maarten Baas. Form vs. Function?
Both in equal doses. In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The IV Syringe. Small, cheap to manufacture, and simple to use with one hand—and at one point or another our lives will likely be saved or ended by one. What one item do you wish you owned?
A blimp hanger to house all the many curiosities I currently own and those that I covet. Where was your favorite place to live?
Wherever I hang my hat becomes my favorite place. Currently that’s Miami, a city in perpetual transition—where retirement homes are being converted into fluorescent colored art galleries. Right or wrong, who wouldn’t want to be part of something so dramatic and amazing? What’s your favorite room in your home?
My living room is the biggest and the best lit space in my home and I find myself starting, finishing, restarting and completing just about every project there. That’s why the bathroom is my favorite room, it’s to small and dark to do anything but what it was intended for. What is your personal decorating style?
Found vintage, combined with self made. I think everyone should have at least one or two pieces of DIY in their home. What’s your favorite possession?
My 5 year-old dumb phone. It does everything a phone is supposed to do and nothing more. What do you drive?
Dexter, my orange 2004 Limited Edition Scion XB. What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Caramel & sea salt ice cream from Publix. What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Always believe in the strength of your ideas.
Where was your favorite place to live?
New York City, because of the attitude. This city has a certain edge that no other city has that I’ve been to. The only place that remotely compares is London… maybe. I find that everywhere I travel to I compare it to my city. New York is a huge business capital. Almost every company is represented in New York and are easily accessible.
What’s your favorite room in your home?
My whole space, no specific room.
What do you drive?
What one item do you wish you owned?
A Lamborghini Veneno.
In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Apple Computers are the most well designed items because they are reliable. Until recently I had an iMac which lasted about 8-9 years. They are also aesthetically designed well and are extremely easy to use. They are good for both business and design.
Form vs. function?
Both coincide, but function comes first. When I am designing anything or buying anything my main concern is that it works well and serves a purpose. Design is also important, but that comes after.
What are your sources of inspiration?
My surroundings, specifically New York City. My life, where I’ve traveled along with my experiences. My perspective on current events, music, movies and pop-culture.
Who are you design icons?
Picasso, Warhol, Van Gogh, Rauschenberg, Ernie Barnes, Pollock, Keith Harring, Romare Bearden.
What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Eating out on a regular basis—LA Burrito in Williamsburg is one of my favorite places.
What’s your favorite possession?
My Rototex manual printing press—it’s helped me develop new art styles and feed my family.
What is your personal decorating style?
I have no specific decorating style.
Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Milk crates everywhere for everything … chairs, storage, tables.
What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Received: Don’t fall in love with one style…
be able to reinvent your style when you feel… every decision you make is the right one.
Given: Always be able to make money doing what you love… you can learn from everything… always be creative… you are always growing.
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