On Design: A Chat with Joyce Wang

August 22, 2016

On paper, Joyce Wang is a little intimidating.  A graduate of MIT, Royal College of Art and Delft University of Technology, Joyce has a reputation for luxury interiors.  she debuted her first project at 27 with the cabana rooms at the ledendary iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  Since then, Joyce has designed some of the most sought after restaurants in Hong Kong like Mott 32 and AMMO.

In person, Joyce is an interviewer’s dream.  Warm and down to earth, the interior-designer had a laugh with our photographer while we chatted about everything from Instagram to work, travel and more.

We heard architects get about 4 hours of sleep a day, is that true?

Yes, that’s right- on average. Sometimes we sleep 2 and sometimes we sleep 14. We are ones to indulge in work and in pleasure.

What is your secret to handling the a hectic day at work?

Drawing a bath, scented candles, hiking and plane journeys where there’s no internet!

What do you love most about working in design?

Drawing and making things.

Dead or Alive, which designer or architect would you like to work with?

Adolf Loos.

Do you like to collect anything from your travels?

I love to visit flea markets and antique sales whenever I travel. Old clock mechanisms, lapel pins, oil cans, crockery, bits of disused hardware. The rich narratives they can inspire extend beyond their functional lifetimes.

What are you working on in 2016?

Hospitality projects large and small. 20-cover restaurant in Sai Ying Pun Hong Kong to 200-room hotel in London.

What brands or designers do you like to wear?

Celine shirts, Isabel Marant jackets, Acne pants, Kuboraum shades, Givenchy flats.

Where would you like to visit this year?

Norway- it fascinates me that in stunning yet remote landscapes, architectural interventions like bridges, viewing platforms and structures continue to delight.

What is your favourite architectural space or structure in the world?

Ronchamp.

You grew up in Hong Kong and studied in MIT and the Royal College of Art in London, how did these 3 cities/experiences influence you?

I would say I am most grateful to Hong Kong for my ‘can-do’ attitude, London for my ‘can-walk’ attitude and Cambridge, MA for my ‘must-eat’ attitude. I feel a deep sense of comradery amongst the suppliers and fabricators in Hong Kong that no idea can be too far-fetched. Through my experience of walking around London, I have discovered the importance of the city and how it can sculpt one culturally. My love for food began in Cambridge and Boston Massachusetts and a constant reminder that food is at the heart of every restaurant that we design.

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