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What inspired you to be a designer?
“My mom writes kids’ books, and my dad is an architect. I build things that are about stories; I split the difference. For instance, the Hotel Ahn-Nom lights I did with Chris Wolston: Chris came to visit me in Vietnam, and the hotel was next to factory. It was very un-Vietnamese, cement and glass in the middle of all this nonsense. The light was about the experience you have when you’re in these countries and they’re modernizing in some ways but not in others. In the light, there’s glass and LEDS but the hooks are pinched resin, and then there’s rope and all these charms. Done ‘correctly,’ that light should be a Bec Brittain piece. But the whole point is to take that idea to another place.”