Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer David Chang ("DC") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
DC : I was born in Taipei, Taiwan and studied Inteior Architecture in the U.S. and Canada obtaining degrees in Fine Art at El Camino College in Los Angeles, a honor degree at Kwantlen Polytech University in Vancouver Canada and studied Interior Architecture at the California State University in Long Beach, California. I have been a Registered Interior Designer in North America with NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certified since1999. I started working with Traditional Interior Architectural practices on various projects from large bespoked private residential developments to hospitality and restaurant projects. In that period I discovered my passion for private residential projects and have made this my focus since early 1995. I was very fortunate to advance my career by working on many luxury homes in Vancouver, Canada which enhanced my reputation as one of the top residential interior architects in this city and then beyond. In 2003, I went to Guangzhou, China to design 2 display villas for a residential developer which lead to setting up a design firm in Guangzhou in 2004. In 2007, I expand my design practice to Beijing, China, and expanded our projects to include large scale residential, display apartments, villas and clubhouses.
DC : Motivation comes from my artistically talented grandfather.
DC : Of course I chose to become a designer. My parents have always want me to become a dentist since I was in high school. In fact, I was accepted by University of Southern California as biochemistry major/pre-dentistry major when I was in senior year at high school. But I declined the acceptance, then I went to California State University Long Beach to major in Interior Architecture. I was a run away Pre-Dentistry student who wanted to be a designer.
DC : I design mostly residential projects for developers, wish do design more restaurants and bar.
DC : Do not ever complains about the overtime and you have to love the design and living in different time zone from normal career. Mostly importantly you got to love what you do or else it will not last long for taste sweetness of endeavor. You need to have certain degree of insanity to pursuit perfection in every design.
DC : Good designer satisfy people's needs or requests whereas a great one not only satisfy people's needs or requests but also lead people to another horizon and exceed people's expectation.
DC : function, usability, environmental, artistic and with historical cultural detailing in the space.
DC : Good design is part of human civilization. By investing in good design, designers are encourage to create better design for mankind as well as for the environment.
DC : I would design furniture, lighting, anything is product related which can be mass produced.
DC : Super mega yacht over 100 meters.
DC : You need to have certain degree of insanity to pursuit perfection regardless of time.
DC : Alexander Mcqueen, Frank Lloyd Wright, Andrea Palladio, Arthur Gensler
DC : Gensler. Because they don't do just one style of design. There is no individualistic signature on every design they do.
DC : A design not only satisfy the function and facilitate the traffic flow but also never forget about the artistic and historical side of the design.
DC : Go travel globally when you have time. Ideally work and live in a city no less than 3 years while you travel. Practice, patience, and passion, with these 3 will never let you down in whatever you do.
DC : I would want to be a Pianist, Cellist, Michelin-starred chef if I had the time to develop my talent well enough to do them professionally.
DC : I believe that you could liken the role of an Interior Designer to that of a movie director. With our Clients as the producers, we take their personal vision, be it classical, modern, contemporary, art deco or neoclassic, and synthesize this with all the other actors, from artisans, suppliers and trades, to create a bespoke design that narrates their personal story. Designers should be like water, easily flowing and versatile enough to fit within any container. Bespoke designs cannot be mass produced if they are to be informed by the Clients’ individual tastes, needs and influences. This continuous dexterity of inspirations is the flame that keeps the passion for design burning.
DC : The biggest supporter is my wife Rita and my brother Clyde followed by all those staff who has been with my company for over 10 years.
DC : Practice, patience, and passion
DC : To win the trust from client who has a good and unique project.
DC : Present by story telling.
DC : perhaps Mega Yacht and personal aircraft.
DC : To make my firm to become another Gensler.
DC : Accountability.
DC : Design is part of human civilization and it serves as an alleviator in a pressured society.
DC : Two nearly 2000 square meters show villas in Chinoiserie style. One is simple and modern whereas the other is magnificent and classical.
DC : Those projects with function, usability, environmental, artistic and with historical cultural detailing in the space.
DC : would like to see more different style of design, not just most of designs are modern or super clean look style.
DC : N/A
DC : It depends on the size and complexity of the project. Usually between 2 months to 2 years.
DC : I start with space planning first.
DC : Only with the touch of referencing in culture, art, and history, design can become a timeless soul, other than being just a space with its mere function and decoration.
DC : Trends set the designs. Designs carry the trends forward.
DC : The role to achieve the possibility of making different materials work together.
DC : Auto Cad, 3D Max, Photoshop, Sketch up, Vectorworks
DC : Color is visual which determines 70% of the ambient in design whereas materials is tactile which determines 30% of the ambient in design.
DC : How to take design not only professionally but also seriously.
DC : Inspiration beside wanting to own one of them.
DC : I always believe in team work. An ideal design partner works and communicate constantly with me without any reluctance.
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DC : Practice, patience, and passion
DC : Alexander Mcqueen. Discuss with the application of different material to create his fashion design.
DC : If you and your team have practice, patience, and passion, you would suddenly find that being famous is not hard afterall.
DC : black and white, Vancouver, Japanese Food, Autumn, watch, Porsche.
DC : Client questioned my former employer my age and qualification when I was assigned to take on their project at the age of 25.
DC : successful completion of a project.
DC : When I was a child, I used to love art and science, but never dream to become a great designer since my parents have always wanted me to be a doctor especially a dentist.
DC : Encounter with alien spices is inevitable just matter of time.
DC : I am open to any questions. Please email me @ email@example.com. I would make may best effort to reply.
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