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Design Hunter Q+A: SOPHEAP PICH

Design Hunter Q+A: SOPHEAP PICH

Cambodian Artist + Sculptor spends a lot of time on YouTube – at least when he’s not creating.


Name: Sopheap Pich

Where you are from/live: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

What you do: Artist. I make sculptures using mainly rattan and bamboo as structures but in the last few years, incorporating other natural materials such as bees wax and sand stone

When did you first know you wanted to be an artist: When I was 10 years old

Your latest project: New sculptures for a solo show at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, NYC in October 2015 (Trfineart.com)

Where you find inspiration: Living in Cambodia, music, films, architecture, friends

Three people that inspire/excite you: Too many to list but the inspirational ones:

1) Ray Yoshida
2) Charles and Ray Eames
3) Frank Lloyd Wright


What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: Vintage Italian bicycles from the 90’s. Datsun Roadster. Cambodia isn’t ready to accommodate such toys but I can dream
Chair model: Eames Lounge
Residential space: Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright
Commercial space: Everything by SANAA

Decorative product: Vintage movie posters
Functional product: super glue
Handmade good: vintage Kilim rug
Mass-produced good: the battery

Item in your studio: An axe. It’s very versatile
Time of day to work/play: morning to late afternoon in the studio; evening/night outs in Phnom Penh with a few friends
Meal: Sashimi and Japanese green tea, the definition of luxury
Restaurant: Sonoma Oyster Bar
Drink: San Pellegrino Water
Bar: Metro/Rahu

Piece of technology: my Mamiya 7 and Olympus OMD EM1
Historical figure: Darwin
Fictional character: Mrs. Doubtfire
Vice: I have to be honest – YouTube! I spend way too much time in front of it
Virtue: Working to be better at showing my friends and family that I’m grateful

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you: I love design and architecture and I’m always looking for things made now and in history that can inspire the imagination