5 swoon worthy things: Alice Gao
Coffee and snack breaks, styled just-so in Seoul. Behind-the-scenes shots from designer collabs. Picnics in Central Park. NYC-based photographer and blogger Alice Gao continually inspires us, not to mention the rest of her 983 thousand Instagram followers, with dramatic, modern fairy-tale-like snapshots from around the world. So where does the creative force go to glean inspiration of her own? We caught up with Alice (who photographed Athena in her Dumbo home for Refinery29 in 2013) to find out just that, along with the five items she’s currently coveting for her home. Take a look below, and while you’re at it, hop on over to her Instagram feed — and get ready to say “take me there immediately”.
By Natalie Goel
NAME: Alice Gao
HOME BASE: NYC
ENDLESSLY OBSESSED WITH: Harsh sunlight and defined shadows.
YOUR AESTHETIC IN 3 WORDS: Modern, considered, soulful.
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: I like to think about the relationships between items in a space; they have to have the right balance and items should interact the right way. And if a piece is neither beautiful nor functional, get rid of it.
BRIEFLY, HOW YOU CAME TO DO WHAT YOU DO: Quit my consulting job to pursue full-time photography about 5 years ago.
WHAT YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB: The endless challenges and endless things to be inspired by.
DESIGN TREND YOU LOVE? Marble all day, every day.
ONE YOU WISH WOULD GO AWAY? This isn’t a trend per se, but I think items should be true to their material. I don’t want plastic that looks like tortoiseshell for instance, or laminate that tries to look like wood.
COLOR OR NEUTRAL? Neutral but green is ok
WE WILL NEVER SEE a TV IN YOUR HOME
HOW AND WHERE YOU SHOP: I like to shop when I’m traveling, for art books and ceramics. In NY, I buy most of my home goods from ABC Home, Still House, and The Apartment by The Line. I window shop the most on 1stdibs.
DO YOU HAVE ANY DESIGN ICONS? Mies van der Rohe, Carl Auböck, Eero Saarinen just to name a few.
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK MOST? Travel and light