We had the good fortune of connecting with Lulu Tang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lulu, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the magic, mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite.” – Novalis
I think often time, we do not see the beauty of the current state or environment we are in, we get used to what is around us, this quote helps me discover the little things in my daily life that I oversee. It is there for everyone’s enjoyment but it is cool when you are one of the few that notice it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an industrial designer focusing on furniture and home goods. Growing up in Hong Kong and Taiwan particularly had significantly shaped the way I see the world and hone my passion for design. I am grateful for the opportunities to travel often at a young age and started to notice how different the architectures and graphics look in different places, ultimately to how people live and use their space. Living through different cultures enables me to value the sense of mobility and adaptability for our fast-paced lives. I believe furniture should be easy to move around in the space we live in, giving us the freedom to change up the environment we spend so much time in.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It is going to be an affordable gourmet trip for sure, Mario’s Peruvian on Melrose for their amazing Lomo Saltado, Tuna Kimbap from The Kimbap in Ktown, breakfast set from Aloha Cafe, uni pasta and beef ragu at Pasta E Pasta, Uni Udon from Marugame Monzo, and Amber from Rakkan in Little Tokyo! I would also bring them to LACMA for the free Jazz shows during fall, Griffith Observatory for the mandatory night view, and Torrence Beach – my favorite beach for how quiet it usually is.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely my parents who supported my path since the very beginning. They allowed me the freedom to explore what I wanted to do with my life and when I said design, they fully supported me and are along my side when I try out different kinds of design before settling on product design.