We looked to design director and principal Soo Chan to uncover his inspirations and perspective on important design elements.
A bathroom designed by Soo Chan
Design Director & Principal
I knew I was going to be a designer from a very early age. I was innately interested in how things came together.
Passionate people inspire me, people who don’t let detractors or bureaucracy stop them.
I count Leslie Lasky, one of my undergrad professors at Washington University, as a mentor. His lessons on the utilitarian nature of design achieved through an economy of means and a concern for materiality still resonate.
Details of a living space designed by Soo Chan
I would say I’m interested in all fields related to design, but I enjoy photography and sculpture.
Versatile, modern, original.
Decorate with what you are personally drawn to but also consider the subtracted nature of design – get it down to the essential elements.
Frette is synonymous with discerning quality – we use quite a lot of Frette in our hotel projects.
I’m currently reading The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs.
A custom made shagreen box from my resort Soori Bali.