Designer Profile: Jiun Ho

Jiun Ho Inc. is a luxury lifestyle and design studio started over 12 years ago by interior and product designer Jiun Ho. Jiun Ho is renowned for his sensuous interiors that blend his minimal aesthetic with global inspirations. Jiun has traveled to over 96 countries, and fuses his first hand experiences with the art and design of these cultures into his work.

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What inspired this career path for you? I enjoy the process of building a space or product, despite all the problems and headaches that are asscoaited with it. It is extremely rewarding to see a space or a product develop from a concept in my head and be transformed into a reality.

 

What is your go-to source for inspiration? The beautiful world we live in.
Tell us about your creative process. My creative process is more organic than pragmatic. It is rather simple. I follow my gut instinct. For example, I might look at a tree and see a table base; then I sketch it on paper; translate the sketch into a 3D rendering with 3D printing; create a prototype; make changes; and continue to make more change even years later. My mottos are “When you know better you do better” and “Be Inspired, Be different.”

 

Describe your style in 6 words or less. Classic yet modern, timeless with an edge.

 

What’s a staple in your toolkit? Pencils, sketch book, Lumix GX-7, iPhone and iPad.

 

Who do you look up to in the design world? I look up to those people who are extremely creative, who use their left and right brains simultaneously, always having fresh new design ideas, who think global, and let the world inspire them as well as inspire each other.

 

If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? I would love to design for an airline to create a really interesting and comfortable commercial air cabin since I have spent so much time in a plane. I love flying!

 

Tell us your favorite design related word, phrase, or quote. Timeless, elegant, proportions, attention to details, “less is more”, “think different”, and “creativity takes courage” (Henri Martise)

 

Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? Monocle, Wallpaper, Elle Décor, Luxe and Interior Design. As well as, of course, Viyet. I am a magazine junkie! I have so many magazines from all around the world, especially when I travel, that my bags are always overweight because of magazines. This includes fashion, food, travel and design magazines.

 

Share a little bit about the pieces you’re consigning on Viyet, e.g., do any have unique backstories, in what kind of space do you hope they end up, etc.? Most of the pieces were inspired from my travels to Africa and Europe. I have very fond memories of the great plains of Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania as well as romantic chateaus in the Loire Valley and picturious Italian town. I love the texture, vegetation and the smell of the land and most importantly the animals. They have inspired pieces like the Savuti Table, Motswriri Cabinet, Mopane Chair, Marula Chair, and cast bronze Drum base. Contrary, the opulence and history of European architecture has inspired pieces like the Amboise Table, Montresor Cabinet, Usse Chair, Chaumont Chair and the Louis XIV, XV, XVI Tables. I have also included some classic Jiun Ho Collection pieces including the Chabana and Rikka Coffee Tables.

 

What do you love about Viyet? It’s a one-stop shop for all great designs. It offers users accessibility to great designs and allows great pieces to be recycled for those who work with tight budget all without compromising quality. In addition, I love reading the stories of other designers.

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