Designer in Profile: Ricky Wong, Founder of Ricky Wong Designers

Name: Ricky WongRicky Wong Photo
Company: Ricky Wong Designers
Position within company: Founder
Website: Ricky Wong Designers
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I graduated from Hong Kong Poly University and continued to study architecture in University of Wisconsin. I started my own design firm “Ricky Wong Designers”in 1996. Soon I was creating showcase for the Real Estate developers. I begun focusing on mainland China market when I realised the great opportunities of design work. Now I have a strong team to help me to reach a higher goal.

How would you describe your personal design style?
I will embrace the different cultures because my experience enriches my view of world. I will not describe my design in one specific style. I usually create design according to a theme which gives the space ultimate possibilities.

Where does your design inspiration come from?
I love travelling to different countries to see more relationship between lifestyles and demand. I will use the Chinese and western culture elements to fill in my design.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
It is moving towards anywhere in life, but residential design is moving to modern technologies direction

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2017 and beyond.
Contemporary, Art, humanization, fitness, multi-functional

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be?
Keep your passion and curiosity to every new thing.

How important are The International Hotel and Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
Designers should be open minded to the opportunities to appreciate the projects of others. We can get inspiration from the other talent designers when we are completing new projects.

What projects are you currently working on?
We are now working on some commercial space, hotel and club house projects. We will also try some crossover with other brands to convey a new lifestyle of design.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
I am going to launch my personal furniture brand in the coming year.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession? Honesty
Your favourite holiday destination? London
Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? I like somewhere that is relaxing with a good view
Your favourite book / film / song? I like history and books about art
Your favourite food and drink? Champagne and Oysters
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Reading or cook something for my family
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Maybe a chef