Vanessa Hong is a DESIGNHEAD

Blog — 9.1.22

Name: Vanessa Yun Hong

Age: spirit years or human years?

Location: Paris, France

Instagram: @vanessahong

Website: (coming soon)

Are you a designer? Why or why not?
I just had to google the word ‘designer’ and this is what I found:

‘a person who plans the look or workings of something prior to it being made, by preparing drawings or plans.’

Based on this, I believe all of us (including myself) are designers.

One word to describe your take on design:
Controlled mania (cheated—two words)

The last thing you made:
Cold-pressed green juice

The next thing you want to make:
A Substack

A designed object you adore:
A pair of chairs I got off Chairish (maker unknown)

A designed object you can’t stand the sight of:
Anything I say is going to make me sound elitist! so I’ll keep this to myself :p

A moment of pure creative joy:
Entering flow state

When we say “designing the future,” what comes to mind?
I hope that means designing a future that has higher EQ - understanding that we are not separate from the things we create.

If you could show your work to anyone in the world, who would it be?
This may be a big ask but I’d show it to my 5 year old self and be like ‘You did it!’

Your aesthetic embodied as a...

Delta sound waves

crystalline purple

Amorphous (I guess a blob?)

Your *grail*: if you could own one iconic design work, what would it be?
atm, a Gaetano Pesce Pratt Chair (in blue)

What’s next for you?
I’m moving to Paris ;)


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