Committee Member: 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.
School of Architecture, Syracuse University.
Want to see the bottom of the ocean.
Hwedupbap, just Google it.
Grilled greek octopus.
Three Colors Trilogy (Kieślowski), Harold and Maude, La Fem Nikita (French 1990).
Miles Davis + Quintet, Pink Floyd, Massive Attack, Jane’s Addition.
1992 Lollapalooza #2.
International 50’s, Pick-up Truck.
Coffee + Lager.
Coffee + Bourbon.
Hermes, Terre d’hermes parfum.
Veggie and fruit pickups at a local market.
Hiking/ Walks, nature or city.
"Every problem is an opportunity for design".
Stretching Imaginations, built or unbuilt.
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.