Purple Diary

[December 21 2017]

#houseofmolteni chapter 5 featuring multimedia video artist Yi Zhou shot by Cameron McCool

The fifth #HouseOfMolteni story focuses on Beverly Hills – Los Angeles, home to many Hollywood stars, and features the Chinese leading multimedia video artist Yi Zhou.

MOLTENI — What does your house represent to you?
Yi Zhou — This is my new family house in Los Angeles and it represents a laboratory, a space to experiment to get new inspiration.

MOLTENI — Who chose the furniture?
Yi Zhou — I chose all the pieces from scratch with my dad who is into design.

MOLTENI — Any works of art at home?
Yi Zhou — I’m a multimedia artist, so I tend not to have art around because I like the wall and the spaces always blank to inspire me to create new things.

MOLTENI — Where do you get your best ideas?
Yi Zhou — I get my best ideas from different cities, and this house has been giving me new inspiration because Los Angeles is new for me. I just moved here in April and I’d like to absorb the energy that is around.

MOLTENI — Open Space or separate rooms?
Yi Zhou — I have no walls in my imagination and in my mind, I see everything as an open space, even if it’s in an internal space. I can go behind the walls, physically and mentally.

MOLTENI — Is your house a shelter or a place for sharing?
Yi Zhou — My house is a place for sharing ideas, emotions and new horizons.

MOLTENI — Design and fashion, similarities and differences
Yi Zhou — For me they are the same, if you are a creative person there is not such a difference between designing a piece of design and designing clothes. I think everything is one energy and one flow.

MOLTENI — Bath tub or shower?
Yi Zhou — I prefer bath but also shower, as you get different vibration and sensation.

MOLTENI — Home cooking or restaurant?
Yi Zhou — I am an aspiring chef, in another life I wanted to be a Michelin Chef probably. I love to entertain my host, my guests, my friends and family.

MOLTENI — Where would you like to live?
Yi Zhou — I would like to live in the middle of nowhere where I can just create, in a cabana of a few square metres just by the sea, like the Le Corbusier did. I think it would be very inspiring for me. I think we need phisical objects and clothing but at the same time we can be free and just live with what the imagination can bring us to.

Discover more about the #houseofmolteni here!


Photo Cameron McCool

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