Mia Jung’s interiors are marked by their transcendence of traditional versus modern style, and by a balance of artistic expression and functionality. A calming sense of color is incorporated into each of her projects.
What inspired this career path for you?
When I was in school, I found that I really liked reading interior design magazines. I found that the beautiful homes I saw in these magazines made me very happy. Eventually I realized that I could do this myself.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
I have a little library in my office. I also look at new textiles, crafts, and decorative finishes from the artists that I follow.
Tell us about your creative process.
First comes getting to know the client — how they live, what their needs are, and what they are drawn to. I then learn the rules and boundaries that the space itself dictates. After that, my design keeps evolving with a constant iteration of research, shopping, getting feedback from the client, and editing the design. Throughout the process, I am very careful not to over design things.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Restrained, artistic, layered, warm, and light
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
Some years ago, one of my clients brought me a beautiful little tape measure from Paris. It has stayed in my purse ever since.
Who do you look up to in the design world?
There are so many talented designers. It is impossible to name just a few. So I will just name three of them that I have had a privilege of working together: John Ike, Tom Kligerman, and Joel Barkley.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
This is going to sound a little weird, but I would love to take an old European royal palace, and put in a fresh new interior from a modern perspective.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
Pinterest, Cabana, House and Garden (the British version)
Share a little bit about the pieces you’re consigning on Viyet.
It is a pair of vintage Italian glass table lamps that I got for a client 17 years ago. The room was redesigned along the way, and the lamps no longer worked. The beautiful lamps deserve to be loved in a sunny living room with open French doors on either side of the room.
What do you love about Viyet?
Its selections and prices. It is a valuable site for designers.