A plucky sense of adventure and a precocious creative streak led San Francisco-based Jiun Ho to come the United States at 18 from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to pursue college and a career. Ironically, his first job out of Chicago’s International Academy of Design, with an American contract interiors firm, led him right back to Malaysia—and an epiphany. “I was working on the Petronas Towers, and realized that sitting in a cubicle designing cubicles wasn’t my calling,” he chuckles.
Taking stock of his passions Ho quickly switched gears and spent the next three years working on hotel projects all over the world. It gave him the opportunity to immerse himself in different cultures, perfect five languages, and hone his predilection for imbuing his work with elements that speak to the past and the future. “I consider myself a modernist, but I like to combine the old and the new to create something entirely different,” he explains. Today, Ho is renowned for his clean-lined furnishings and timeless hospitality and residential environments that blend traditional Asian and European influences with contemporary touches.205