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Design Hunter Q + A: Ito Kish

Design Hunter Q + A: Ito Kish

Ito Kish’s designs are exquisite – full of story and detail. With his pieces now available in Australia, we hear why Wes Anderson is an inspiration and traveling is his vice.


Name: Ito Kish

What you do: Furniture (ITO KISH) & Interior designer and retailer (KISH).

Your latest project:
Re-designing iconic Filipino furniture and décor pieces for the new generation to appreciate. It will be launched this October during Manila FAME. And of course, my pieces to be available now in Australia gives me a crazy happiness!

Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

1) Wes Anderson – Crazy beautiful mind!
2) Zaha Hadid – curves and size makes a big difference
3) Tom Ford – attitude, style and sex appeal

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: MY Gary Fisher Mountain bike

Chair model: Pantone chair. For its simplicity and making plastic high end.

Commercial space: the Zuellig building Makati City, Philippines

Decorative product: Crystal chandeliers. The brightest gems of all.

Functional product: Door bell. It answers a lot of questions!

Handmade good: Fan made of Buri

Mass-produced good: Flip flops

Meal: Green salad

Restaurant: Noma. Tried to eat 2x during my visit but can not always get a table then saw a story at CNN how they can be crazy about food development. I will eat next time on my next visit to Copenhagen. Promise.

Drink: Water/Fruit juice

Bar: I do not drink

Item in your studio: Murano table lamp

Piece of technology: Mobile Phone

Historical figure: Napoleon Bonaparte

Fictional character: Superman

Vice: Travelling. It feeds me creativity and energy.

Virtue: Honesty

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you?
I imagine them to be like Santa’s elves. They work non stop to give you something, feed you excitement and design the way we live.