What's the first piece of art you fell in love with? Picasso’s Guernica: I was fortunate to grow up in a home where art and design were an integral part of my life and I was exposed to art and design at an early age. My father was a Modernist architect and my mother was a director of a design gallery in the 1950s. They introduced me to the world of art and design. When I was ten years old my parents took me to the Museum of modern art in New York City and I had the chance to see Guernica for the first time. My first reaction was fascination with the artwork; I spent hours trying to identify and understand the magical images hidden within a particular piece. Guernica immediately illustrated to me the power of art, communication, and passion. Now I relate Guernica not only to a piece of art but also to my first trip to NYC with my parents, and the beginning of a love affair with art and design as well as the city itself.
Slim Aarons is a favorite of ours and we're looking forward to his new book, La Dolce Vita which focuses on Italy. He first worked in Italy as a combat photographer during WWII and later while working for Life magazine he lived in Rome. The book presents a collection of Aaron's most sumptuous photos from Italian aristocracy to Hollywood royalty.
What's the first piece of art you fell in love with? Impressionist paintings are my favorites. Monet’s “Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond” most inspires me. Who are your favorite designers? Carolina Herrera, Karl Lagerfeld, Martin Margiela, Jill Sander and Yves St. Laurent. What is the best piece of style advice you've ever heard? Never over-do! Who are your favorite writers? Maya Angelou, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemmingway and Rumi. What is inspiring you these days? Nature continues to inspire my everyday life and my artwork. What is your motto? Live life fully today, as if it was your last. What is your favorite indulgence? A day filled with rest and relaxation. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Arriving to America from the Middle East and achieving success as a photographer. What career other than your own would you like to attempt? To have become an architect had I started earlier in life. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My strong character: I tend to either love or hate. Rather, I would like to learn to become more dispassionate.