Hometown San Francisco
Now Lives A two-bed room house on Chrystie Avenue on the Decrease East Aspect of Manhattan the place Keith Haring lived within the 1980s. “Now we have pictures of Keith precisely within the room that I sleep in now,” Ms. Kwong mentioned, who has a roommate, the artist Kate Greer.
Declare to Fame Ms. Kwong is a mannequin, landscape designer and vogue cross-pollinator, serving to manufacturers grow to be extra environmentally pleasant. In 2015 she created a pop-up store between H&M and Amour Vert, an eco-minded vogue label primarily based in San Francisco. Final fall she designed an eco-pleasant capsule assortment with Maiyet, in addition to a panorama set up for its SoHo retailer. “These manufacturers search me out due to my file and data round sustainable merchandise,” she mentioned.
Massive Break A modeling scout found Ms. Kwong in 2007 whereas she was strolling across the West Village. Her vogue profession took off whereas she labored as a studio assistant and match mannequin for her cousin, the designer Joseph Altuzarra. Throughout her modeling gigs in locations resembling Paris and Beijing, Ms. Kwong grew to become fascinated with how cities operate and obtained a bachelor’s diploma in city research from Columbia College in 2012. A fellow Columbia alumnus linked her to the Island Planning Corporation, a panorama design agency that employed her to supervise its grasp plan for the Miami Design District.
Newest Challenge For the summer time solstice, Ms. Kwong created a quarter-mile panorama set up on the Excessive Line in partnership with the liquor model St-Germain. The mission featured a inexperienced cover of flowers and a dance efficiency that pays homage to the Solar Do-Nothing Machine, a toy sculpture by Charles and Ray Eames.
Subsequent Factor Ms. Kwong is designing the panorama for the Shou Sugi Ban Home, a 13-room spa in Southampton set to open subsequent 12 months on three acres close to the Parrish Museum. “I’m additionally concerned about plant-primarily based consuming and wellness,” she mentioned. “That is actually going to be a middle for therapeutic arts.”
Scout’s Honor Ms. Kwong’s household calls her “Scout” due to her love of nature. “I began my first nature membership in first grade, which consisted of main a bunch of mates into the woods to discover, collect and join with nature,” she mentioned. “I’m nonetheless making an attempt to do the identical factor as a grown-up, simply on a a lot larger scale.”