Treasures: Running shoes, coffee cup, Timex watch
Favorite Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, Sneakers
Favorite Book: Crime and Punishment
Listening to Now: Classical and electronic
Last Meal on Death Row: Cheese quesadilla with guacamole and spicy salsa and a 6-pack of Pacifico
I think in painting it’s artists like Hopper, Bierstadt, Velasquez, and Caravaggio for their dramatic use of light. I like architects and designers who straddle multiple disciplines such as Chris Bangle. I was in awe of his beautiful prototypes when he was at BMW. Neil Denari’s drawings are very precise. His quote, “The line should be devoid of all human manifestations,” resonates with me.
In school I was drawing by hand and that’s what I thought the profession was. Little did I know that in a few short years it would become obsolete. Have you seen the movie 500 Days of Summer with Zooey Deschanel? The architect’s office in that movie is such a misleading picture. It’s set in like 2008 and they’re drawing by hand and carrying around big portfolios.
I have worked in Los Angeles, New York, and Copenhagen before coming to the Bay area. I was fascinated by Denmark, in particular. I spent a lot of time walking around the city and absorbing all I could about space planning and scale against the landscape of a particularly cold and bleak winter.
Hanging onto time
I don’t take very good care of things I own. I lose my watches constantly. My grandfather, who is 90 years old, always buys me these Timex watches because he knows I lose them. But I’m going to keep this one. Because—you know: it’s from him.