This San Francisco-based designer creates lifestyles. Jiun has traveled to over 92 countries and speaks four languages so it’s this cultural sophistication that informs his unique point-of-view on design, food, wine, style, art and a myriad of topics. His clientele seek his expertise to achieve relaxed living with a sense of elegance, simplicity and classicism.
Mr. Ho received his formal training in design at Chicago’s International Academy of Design and has gone on to be influenced by his travels and one sees that influence in the way he designs, cooks, bakes and inspires others. So, when Jiun set out to create his own brand and approach to designing, he was inspired by far-flung places like South Africa, Botswana, and France. For 16 years Jiun has been designing furniture and lighting for residential interiors and hotels in the United States, Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Australia. Several hotels, including the boutique hotel in Honolulu, Renew, asked him to design its entirety – the lifestyle – everything from the branding, interiors, lighting, sheets, uniforms, etc… He was able to let his skilled imagination run wild. For Rebel – a spa he designed – Jiun was nominated for Interior Design’s Best of Year in 2010.
Mr. Ho is thrilled by the accolades and publicity he receives for his work. His designs have been published in Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Metropolitan Home, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LUXE, Worth, Robb Report, Traditional Home and he’s been proud to be asked to participate in prestigious showhouses such as The Greyston Maison du Luxe for LUXE magazine, Metropolitan Home Showhouse, and the National Association of Home Builders Showhouse in Las Vegas.
His product collections are distributed across the United States and Canada. They are soon to debut in Russia, Australia and Asia. Jiun, as do other designers, and his clientele, describe his furniture and lighting collections as both elegant and modern. His pieces fit in traditional spaces as well as modern environments. For instance, his designs, as well as his products, would be stunning in a Paris apartment as well as a Tribeca loft, a sprawling suburban residence or a hotel lobby because what he creates is timeless, versatile and enduring.
Jiun fell in love with many elements having to do with living when he was young: design, art, beauty and cooking. What will continue to be important for him are these essentials and to be able to express them through living and for his clientele.