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Profile Born in Havana, Cuba, Vicente Wolf, of New York-based Vicente Wolf Associates, Inc., moved to Manhattan when he was 19 and has since traveled the world. An avid globetrotter, Wolf is passionate about photography, which is no surprise given his creative eye for interior design. With a career spanning more than 35 years, he has amassed a portfolio of notable residential and commercial projects that “offers a snapshot of the ultimate American aesthetic.” Wolf also has his own line of furniture, as well as a collection of home decor products—including flatware, lighting, accessories and bed linens Q&A Vicente Wolf, VICENTE WOLF ASSOCIATES, INC. handpicked on his travels—that are displayed in VW Home, his luxury showroom, which also offers interior design services. A sought-after speaker, Wolf has lectured in South Africa, Japan and Australia, and teaches an annual course through Parsons School of Design in the Dominican Republic. In addition to partnerships with luxury brands such as Baccarat and Ralph Pucci, this Interior Design Magazine Designer Hall of Famer has published two books, Learning to See and Crossing Boundaries: A Global Vision of Design. He is currently working on his third book. If someone had asked you when you were a child, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” you would have answered… A movie-star dancer like Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire. What moment in your life inspired you to get into the business? A desperate one! What’s the biggest misconception about what you do? That it’s easy. What “words of wisdom” can/do you share with others? Never sell yourself cheap. What is the most intriguing aspect of your job? Discovering who the client is. What do you hate about it? Discovering who the client is. Are there examples of architecture that move or motivate you to design? Any good architecture is inspiring. It’s only when you’re looking at mediocre, poorly designed work that it squelches any creativity. What is your greatest strength as a designer? Visualization. What is your most annoying weakness as a designer? Little patience. What is the best development/innovation in the past five years? LEDs. Do you have any professional pet peeves? Bargainers, doubters and challengers. What are some of the proudest experiences in your career? Any regrets? Regrets are not worth even thinking about—could have, would have, should have is not in my vocabulary. Any time I finish a job and see it just before completion, I am so proud of myself and my staff in creating good work. Tell us about your favorite/ideal customer? One with a clear vision of what they like and don’t like, a fair budget and a nice personality. Not necessarily in that order. When you walk into a kitchen or bath you didn’t design, what do you tend to notice first? Any inventive detail. People would be surprised to find out that you…? Never graduated high school. What’s the one thing you hope to accomplish in your lifetime that you haven’t yet? Receive an Academy Award. What is your favorite place on earth? One that I haven’t been to. What’s the one thing that keeps you up at night? Nothing. I sleep like a log. s —Sallie Moffat Find out Wolf’s favorite product at www.kbbonline.com/Wolf + K BB September July 2004 2009 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of K/BIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com/Wolf http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - September 2009

KBB - September 2009
Contents
Online Contents
Online News
Publisher's Note
Trends
Products
Profile
Design
Fine Balance
Something Old, Something New
Education
Editorial Index
Ad Index
Favorites

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