Designer's Q&A

Designers from around the world share their proud projects, design spirits, ideas and give professional views about the industry.

Fascinated by a sense of place and an idea of home

Sophie Ashby is founder of Studio Ashby. Her different experiences have each fed her understanding of design, its power and its possibility.

Magician Mel of the interior design world

Mel Gani is a magician in the interior design world, specializing in soft furnishing, a talent of putting the final touches, or interior staging, at any space, of any of style.

Creating something special by mixing elements together

Domitilla Lepri is an Italian architect and designer.  In 2005 she moved to Shanghai and in 2006 she opened the DLArchitecture Shanghai office.

Hotel fanatic whose designs are inspired at 30,000ft high

Born and raised in Hawaii and of Japanese and Hawaiian ancestry, Clint Nagata is a fanatic about hotels and resorts. 

Heart of a poet beats hard in the pragmatism of his design

Kent Lui studied architecture in Japan and worked with Lord Norman Foster on several projects, including the world famous Hong Kong Bank headquarters.

Redesigning retail for new generation shoppers

As a Turkish American who now lives in China, Senem Cennetoglu is true “east-meets-west.” And more. 

Nature, environment, music and art, a design inspiration

With more than 25 years of diverse mixed-use design and worldwide business relationships experience, Todd Pilgreen leads RDC (Retail Design Collaborative) Shanghai office.

Thorough and deadly serious blend naturally

Aldo Bakker was born in the Netherlands in 1971, to artist parents. He first trained as a silversmith, working to commission and setting up his own studio in 1994.