SharonWhere was your favorite place to live?
I currently live in the Chicago loop, and so far, I think it is my favorite. What’s your favorite room in your home?
Though not exactly in our home, I would have to say our balcony—we’re on the 47th floor and the view is wonderful. In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe. What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel inspires me, the city inspires me, but more often than not, what inspires me to want to make something is when I feel annoyed by an object and want it to be better in some way. So I guess you could say I am frequently inspired by what annoys me. What do you drive?
I don’t really. Since I live and work in the Loop I’m primarily a pedestrian. What are your interests outside of design?
Reading, cooking, camping in remote locations, running. Form vs. function?
Both in perfect harmony. What is your personal decorating style?
Clean, modern, and simple, with attention to the beauty and richness of natural materials. What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Travel. I am compelled to go somewhere at least every six months. I’d do it even more often if I could. What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
As a teacher, I try to remind my students to have fun. They’re trying to become designers because they love design and it’s what they want to do. If you’re not having any fun, then do something else.
TedWhere was your favorite place to live?
I love living in Chicago—but I’d live anywhere as long as it is close to Lake Michigan and the food is good. What’s your favorite room in your home?
The bedroom is full of light and that is the best way to start a day. I love waking up to the sunrise reflecting off of the steel and glass buildings across the street. In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Luders 16 sailboat. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, I can stop and picture the form of that boat in my mind’s eye. One can never have too much cold-molded mahogany around. What are your sources of inspiration?
Tinkering and reading are big sources. Materials and manufacturing processes never cease to inspire. And, of course, I’m inspired by everyday life; being social, talking with people, traveling and just walking around. What do you drive?
In my mind, a Porsche 912. In reality, a Toyota Yaris hatchback—but the two are really so similar, I don’t know why I make any distinction at all! I love messing around with cars but I haven’t had the time or space to do it for too long. What are your interests outside of design?
Travel, food, sailing, swimming, family, camping … preferably all mixed up together. Who are you design icons?
Jean Prouvé and all of the anonymous designers who make most of what we use everyday. What is your personal decorating style?
Spare, wood, white and lots of light. Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Buy a table saw and you won’t have to buy furniture anymore. What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
You’ll never make a living making things.
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