Design District Ambassador: John Lin

Man of Many Talents

John Lin

Detroit’s given us plenty of good things: American auto industry, Motown, and one Mr. John Lin. Mr. Lin has worked with a plethora of the world’s best brands including Fendi, Vogue China, The Standard, Luminaire, Ocean Drive, and The Webster. His latest project, is garnering a great deal of attention for its carefully curated and cool content. Who better to be our inaugural 2013 Ambassador?

What’s the first piece of art you fell in love with?
I fell in love with Yoshitomo Nara’s Dog the first time I saw it cause it was so adorable, I wished I could have it as a real pet.

Who are your favorite designers?
I love the way the Campana Brothers create the most ingenious pieces out of everyday materials, and Ingo Maurer’s whimsical view on lighting.

What is the best piece of style advice you’ve ever heard?
I’m still waiting to hear it.

Who are your favorite writers?
Patricia Engel and Christopher Bollen are my new favorite authors, they have such a strong voice and you identify and feel for the characters in their books, respectively Vida and Lighting People. My old standby’s are David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, their imaginations make me laugh out loud when I’m reading, and that’s a hard thing to do.

What is inspiring you these days?
The newfound energy of Miami.

What is your motto??
“I don’t mind if you forget me” It’s actually the title of one of Nara’s exhibition catalogue’s that I have.

What is your favorite indulgence?
Fried Chicken Wings.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Making it this year to my 35th birthday.

What career other than your own would you like to attempt?
To become a creative writing author.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To pay attention more, I tend to doze off when people speak.

Please share your resolutions and/or predictions for 2012. 
To try to make my bed every morning?.

Sidenote: “According to Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit” making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.”

“Gretchen Rubin, author of the bestselling book “The Happiness Project”, explains that making the bed was “the number one most impactful change that people brought up over and over” as she researched her book on inspiring happiness.”?(via Apartment Therapy)

Photos by: Justin Namon

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