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"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.


2. Miami

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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

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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.


4. Picasso

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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.


5. Herzog & De Meuron and John Pawson

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My current favourite architects. The common denominator is that their work is simple and pure and without artifice, as well as being very smart. They stand the test of time.


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