Pinky Lai, born and raised in Hong Kong, took the automotive industry by storm back two decades ago when he was appointed chief designer at Porsche. Having abandoned a hippy lifestyle in Hong Kong to buy a one-way ticket to Italy at the age of 21, he went on to become the world's first Chinese supercar designer. Perspective's VIP guest editor Mark Lui talks to Lai about how he transformed himself from an average teenager from Quarry Bay to an award-winning industrial designer, and more
Mark Lui (ML), VIP guest editor: I think the story of you leaving Hong Kong and pursuing your dream is totally legendary.
Pinky Lai (PL), Perspective's VIP guest: I don't think I started to think about my own future until the late 1960s — almost half way through my hippy period. I felt like I had made too much of a mess of my life, that I hadn't been strong enough at school, so I had a choice: I could either stay a hippy and probably die young, or pull myself together and create a goal. I decided to begin again from scratch.
This is a preview of the "Power Steering” article from the combined January/February Design issue of Perspective magazine.