"When I go into a room, the first thing I look at is the lighting. If it's well done and creative, it's a good sign that this room has been well thought-out."
The New York-based boutique hotel visionary—who recently opened the Sanya Edition, a luxurious, oceanfront destination on Hainan Island, his first in China—shares five of his sources of inspiration.
1. Christian Liaigre's Furniture
It's very difficult to pigeonhole what I like because it evolves, but I am working with him at the moment and I like that he gets close to my own aesthetic.
I've seen this city evolve from a beach resort into a 24-hour international gateway. It’s a recent phenomenon, but I can feel it. We’re actually at the beginning of a new era for Miami.
3. Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
I usually stay at a villa on this private island when on holiday. I love to stay here because they’re so sophisticated and stylish, and the service is warm and friendly.
I have some Picasso drawings, which I love. There are other artists I admire but I love Picasso the most—the ideas he expressed, the colours, the complexity.