Towan Kim

San Francisco -

Growing up in Seoul, Korea, Towan Kim saw the fields begin to transform into massive skyscrapers over time, which may have played a role in the development of his love for architecture and design. Now living in East Bay, Kim works on the BraytonHughes Design Studio team, creating luxurious interiors customized to clients every specification. While Kim finds himself living by philosophies from Tao Te Ching, it is no wonder why his outlook on what luxury means to him lies in both giving and receiving. “[Luxury is] amazing services done at the right tempo, it applies to both extending or receiving,” explains Kim.

Q&A:

Hometown?

Seoul, Korea

Place you call home now (neighborhood etc)

East Bay

Any notes on your education?

School of Architecture, Syracuse University

Favorite sport to watch?

Soccer

Favorite sport to play?

Soccer, Basketball

Dream trip destination. Why?

Want to see the bottom of the Ocean

Favorite dinner?

Hwedupbap, just google it

Favorite dessert?

Peach

Dish you’re best at cooking?

Omelets

Best meal you've had at a restaurant?

Grilled Greek Octopus

Favorite movies?

Three Colors Trilogy (Kieślowski), Harold and Maude, La Fem Nikita (french 1990)

Favorite actress and or actor?

Sophie Marceau

Favorite bands?

Miles Davis + Quintet, Pink Floyd, Massive Attack, Jane’s Addition

Most impressive live performance you ever saw.

1992 Lollapalooza #2

Car you’d like to drive.

International 50’s, Pick-up Truck

Wear a watch?

Every day

Got a favorite watch?

Skagen

Summer drink of choice?

Coffee + Lager

Winter drink of choice?

Coffee + Bourbon

Bourbon or Scotch?

Bourbon

Vodka or gin?

Vodka

Cologne?

Hermes, Terre d’hermes parfum

On a Saturday, your favorite errand to run is:

Veggie and fruit pickups at a local market

Otherwise, you’ll be busy doing what?

Hiking/ Walks, nature or city

Best work advice you ever got?

‘Every problem is an opportunity for design’

Best thing about your career?

Stretching Imaginations, built or unbuilt

Got a philosophy to live by?

I find myself remembering these readings…

Tao Te Ching writings… especially about opposites and paradoxes

“When people see some things as beautiful,

other things become ugly.

When people see some things as good,

other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.

Difficult and easy support each other.

Long and short define each other.

High and low depend on each other.

Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master

acts without doing anything

and teaches without saying anything.

Things arise and she lets them come;

things disappear and she lets them go.

She has but doesn't possess,

acts but doesn't expect.

When her work is done, she forgets it.

That is why it lasts forever.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“Do you know why a knife have a sheath? Its real power lies not in the sharpness but in concealment.”, Japanese proverb.

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that ain’t so.”, Mark Twain.