As the demographics of the United States increasingly diverse over time, the industries that were formerly lacking in diversity change for the better, too. And while there are plenty of successful Asian Americans making a name for themselves in the creative arts, there are a few that stand out, particularly in the field of interior design. Here are 3 of the top Asian American designers to watch for in 2016.
Throughout the past decade, Vern Yip has become a household name thanks to his role on the popular HGTV Show, Trading Spaces. Vern is based in Atlanta, Georgia and although he definitely has a signature style, he works hard to create spaces that are uniquely suited to each client’s lifestyle and personal tastes.
In addition to appearing on Trading Spaces as a guest designer, Vern also had the opportunity to host four seasons of the networks Deserving Design. Vern originally intended to attend medical school, but changed his mind to pursue architecture. Becoming a television personality was also a surprise, as he originally intended to create his own design firm. Today, Vern continue interior design work but also serves as a UNICEF Ambassador.
Catherine Kwong has an extensive educational background, having obtained degrees from both Brown University and Parson’s School of Design. She began her career designing spaces for Ralph Lauren stores in New York. Using her experience in New York as a base, she recently relocated and opened her own studio in San Francisco.
Since then, she has been featured in a wide variety of design publications including Architectural Digest, Town & Country, and House Beautiful. Today, she focuses her time working on creating beauty in high end residential spaces and hospitality settings. She was recently named one of the top ten up and coming designers by House Beautiful.
Janet Lee is a first-generation Korean American and spends her days working as a TV producer. Although Janet makes a living in television, she has another love. She has began to make a reputation for herself designing small spaces. In the future, she hopes to spend more time pursuing interior design as a career.
She focuses primarily on the unique challenges presented by living in a small space. She enjoys creating homes that are not only beautiful, but highly functional by keeping the small spaces clutter free. Janet also runs her website and blog, Living in a Nutshell and has been featured on the ABC Show, CBS, and Open House NYC.
Article by MARY SAUER from MODERNIZE
At Modernize, we believe that both residential and commercial spaces should be created to represent all walks of life and backgrounds. We are thrilled to see more diversity in the world of design, and look forward to seeing how the careers of these three innovative designers will continue to evolve.