Hunn Wai

Photo: Long Fei/Munster + Long Fei 

“Everything is worthy of better design, from Crocs and fidget spinners to mobile phone cases, but I would never design firearms because design is about making life better, not take it away,” says the 37-year-old co-founder and creative director of industrial design firm, Lanzavecchia + Wai Design Studio.

The inquisitive 2016 Generation T lister showcases his progressive take on design through the products he and his team create, such as a medieval-style metal tiara concept piece called Veriscopio that acts as an information filtration device for social media content. It was one of five new projects Hunn and company unveiled at the Milan Design Week in April. 

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After a long and hectic work day, he unwinds with “a dram of Balvenie 16 Year Old Triple Cask Single Malt Whisky, which has a sweet and spicy bouquet of golden nectar, neat with a few drops of water”.  

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Polyhedra, limited edition carpets for Nodus High Design Rugs / 2017; Photo: Courtesy of Lanzavecchia + Wai Design Studio

“Our designs evolve with the times and people we work with, but the one thing that remains constant throughout is our intent to inject playfulness, wonderment, intelligence and sensitivity into our work.”


Together Canes, No Country for Old Men collection / 2012; Photo: Courtesy of Lanzavecchia + Wai Design Studio

“We are working on a discursive social and healthcare project that addresses elderly dementia. We hope to reinstate power to the primary caregiver with a guidebook of solutions or ‘hacks’ that are intelligent yet playful, to destigmatize the disease.”


Photo: Courtesy of Lanzavecchia + Wai Design Studio 

“I’m a nerd for art history and culture, as well as technology and science. The field of design and innovation allows for and necessitates the marriage of these realms. So my job is exciting and different each day, whether I’m overseeing our supply chain, or arranging a photo shoot (right) for our new products.” 


Photo: Roberto Nickson/Unsplash (Tesla)

“I look up to Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX as a role model for bringing humanity forward; from changing mindsets to policies through his various ventures in technology, bravely and relentlessly.”

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