We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Luk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born in Hong Kong and raised in Los Angeles. Hong Kong is a young and restless city surrounds by skyscrapers. The Hong Kong Bank of China Tower is one of my favorite buildings. It was design and built by Mr. I.M. Pei who also designed the Louvre’s inverted glass pyramid in France. The reflections of glass, elements of lines, and ample use of natural lights are fascinated. In 1993, my family moved and settled in Los Angeles. I’ve witnessed famous hotels from different parts of world-built Las Vegas from a desert to a paradise. It is amazing to see how Las Vegas transformed to a live city. When I was 14, I visited the Bellagio hotel which was one of the newest hotels in 1998. Once I have arrived at the lobby, there was a massive colorful hand blown glass flowers at the lobby ceiling. In the hospitality design world, your creativity makes everything from impossible to possible.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Our projects have a wide range of residential to hospitality, domestic to international, small size to chained- brand. Each project is unique and required different skills. I believe communication is always the key. Through communications, we are capable to bring the team together toward to completion. From the concept phase to the installation phase, the brand, investors, vendors, architects, engineers, and contractors must be working toward the same goal. The process is not easy. Again, once the project starts, never give up but give your best. The challenges are always the time, quality, and budget. As an experience designer, the balance between creativity and each project’s special needs are crucial. Communication is always the key.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Welcome to Lalaland!
If you are in Downtown LA, see The Last Bookstore! Such a gem in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The Last Bookstore is a beautiful, old school, and classic. This place is very instagrammable. Get yourself ready!
Speaking of Instagrammable place, don’t forget to swing by to Tiger Sugar Little Tokyo near DTLA for a world-famous brown sugar boba drink!
If you are in Hollywood, visit the Museum of Broken Relationships! We all have good and bad relationships in our life. The exhibition offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation. What a unique museum!
If you are in Marina Del Rey, make a dinner reservation @ C&O Trattoria. They are famous for their garlic knots. Make sure your wine glass is ready by 8 pm. The entire restaurant stops and starts singing “That’s Amore” altogether! You will love this place!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are hundreds of people that I’d dedicate my career to. Co-workers, friends, professors that were crucial to my career and educations. My loudest shout-out goes to my parents who always support my dreams and goals in life. When I was young, my dad taught me that don’t give up once you start. His advice keeps me forward on all life journeys. Special thanks to my husband Jason, Cousin Wai, and my mentor Mr. Calvin Dix for being especially formative in my career. Thank you for all your supports!
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