Rick Lee: Designer
SF-based industrial designer Rick Lee was born in Korea, grew up in the US, has worked in Chicago and Italy, and now designs for restaurants, celebrities, the opera, television sets, and largescale furniture purveyors like
But with life experiences culled from far and wide, we’re charmed and intrigued that Lee says that his primary design influence is his fashion-designer wife, Colleen Quen.
Lee’s designs often feel liquid and Quen’s dresses very sculptural, so you can surmise that the influence is mututal. But Lee has yet another source of inspiration to explain his design m.o.: California cuisine, famous for its “mix of seemingly incongruent ingredients carefully combined to create something new and unique.”
Lee says that he enjoys each design challenge as a one-off, his ideas taking flight from its specific design requirements. You can see this range in the images pictured; on the one hand there are scene-stealers like the curved Menlo Park sofa system (second from top) and the Colleen flower chair (third from top), and on the other, more optimized, practical designs like the 45 Degree Seating System, pictured above, for
EQ3 (for example the Bobo chair, above),
American Leather, and
Published: Oct 25, 2006