Mark Twain famously said that "…broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all of one's lifetime." Modes of travel may have changed since his time, but today, people still voyage all over the globe to observe, imagine, learn and relax. We asked four globetrotting architects and designers to tell us about their most memorable travel experience
Stephen Chow, Director at Benoy and a 2016 winner at Perspective's 40 Under 40 Awards, is working on growing his list of "places I have been" to 40 as well. He has roamed widely around the world; from Russia, Africa and Argentina to the Sahara Desert and his favourite place in the world — Patagonia — where the adventurer spent six days hiking along a mountain in Chile and experiencing "four seasons in one week".
Having toured most countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and America, Federico Masin, partner at global hospitality design practice HBA, likes travelling to experience architecture related to great historical events, characters and ancient civilisations.
SOO K. CHAN
Singapore-based architect Soo K. Chan, founding principal and design director of SCDA Architects, is literally a high-flier. With a work schedule that requires frequent travel, Chan has visited a cornucopia of the world's most beautiful destinations in the USA, Thailand, Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Portugal and Italy… And that's just in the last three months! As the owner of the lifestyle brand Soori, which covers accessories and home goods, the designer never hits the road without a good book or a travelling fragrance, either Le Labo or a candle from his recently-relaunched resort, Soori in Bali.
JAMES JJ ACUNA
This is an excerpt from the “The jet-setters" article from the May 2017 issue of Perspective magazine.
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