We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Go and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Being able to find balance in my life between work, friendship, family, and love has helped me stay sane. Balance also takes shape in figuring out when to create for myself vs. creating for others.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I design furniture, objects, spaces, and artwork at the intersection of local Los Angeles history and design. I’m known for my interpretation of places and memories as objects and pieces of furniture.
I’m most proud of moments where I’m given the opportunity to speak with someone about my work, and I can see in their faces that they understand where I’m coming from. That is the distinct privilege that we have as designers. Any opportunity that I can use creativity, craft, and my interpretation of the world to create a moment of resonance within someone else, I consider those moments of success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I truly love sharing this city with people! If I were to create an easy-going itinerary for a week-long visit to Los Angeles, here’s what I would suggest.
From LAX make your way to In-N-Out, I don’t care who disagrees with this practice, but it is sacred to me.
On the Westside, hit up the Mar Vista Famers’ Market, eat (more) burgers at Hinano’s, check out the California Heritage Museum on Main Street, grab a boozy cocktail at Rooster Fish, and tour the galleries of Bergamot Station. End the day with an enormous cinnamon roll at Lodge Bakery on Washington.
Head over the 405 to my place of birth, the San Fernando Valley. While in the Valley, check out the Valley Relics Museum, eat a Cupid’s hotdog, go hiking at O’Melveny Park, and hit up Val Surf for a quick shopping spree. Grab a coffee at House Roots Coffee on San Fernando Mission.
Head over the 5 towards Griffith Park and drive to the Observatory for the views, eat at Tam O’Shanters. Head to the Southwestern Museum to learn about California’s history. See a movie at the Vista and drink a glass of wine at El Prado where you will also find a phenomenal hot dog. Grab a coffee at Eightfold Coffee on Sunset Blvd.
If you find yourself downtown, I encourage you to get touristy. Go to Philippe’s AND Coles so you can make the “who has the best French dip” decision for yourself. Buy baked Bao at the Phoenix Bakery in Chinatown and eat it cold. Drink at Cranes bar on Spring Street. Go to the Central Library and feel small under the giant chandelier. Grab a coffee at Maru.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout.
Here are a few folks that deserve a shoutout for encouraging (dealing with) me throughout the years.
My Mom. The smartest, most resilient woman I know. I consider myself to be a strong woman, this I got from her.
Mr. Saxon, my 11th-grade art teacher at Granada Hills Charter High School. This man gave me my first dose of creative confidence, and for that, I will be forever grateful!
Jonathan Fidler, my graphic design professor at Otis. Fidler taught me how to show up prepared, and how to take criticism, two things that are difficult to digest as a young creative. I attribute many of my creative communication skills to him.
Matt Hunt, former Design Director of Brendan Ravenhill Studio. A truly inspiring human, who pours his heart and soul into the tradition and future of design. I’m fortunate and lucky to have worked beside him.
Rami Jrade, my babe. With my successes and failures, Rami has seen it all. I’m the luckiest woman in the world to have a partner like him.
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