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Designer of the Day: David Korins

The New York set designer on sharing Hamilton with the world, a newfound passion for oil painting, and making stories come to life.

The New York set designer on sharing Hamilton with the world, a newfound passion for oil painting, and making stories come to life.

Here, we ask a designer to take a selfie and give us an inside look at their lives.

Age: 41

Occupation: Creative director and designer

Hometown: Mansfield, Massachusetts

Studio location: Garment District, New York City

Describe what you make: We make our collaborators’ visions into a reality. We make stories come to life.

The most important thing you’ve designed to date: Other than half of my two daughters’s genetic makeup… It’s hard to choose one thing over the other. Each project in my body of work has been an important step to inform the next step.

The problem your work solves: My work solves the problem of how to communicate a specific idea clearly. That takes the form of many different mediums. Sometimes it’s two-dimensional, other times it’s three-dimensional. But really what we do is help people communicate.

What you are working on now: I’m currently in the middle of about fifteen projects, which are in varying phases of development. I’m typing this from a soundstage in Los Angeles.

A new or forthcoming project we should know about: We’re currently in the process of rolling out Hamilton across the country and to the rest of the world. Bond 45, a restaurant in Times Square I worked on, opened last month. There are a couple of big announcements coming (but no spoilers here). Check back in a month!

What you absolutely have to have in your studio: Sunlight.

What you do when you’re not working: I just started oil painting after forty-one years of thinking about it.

Sources of creative envy: Envy is not a word I think has any real place in the world. That, and greed. I try not to go there. Inspiration, though—I try to find it in literally everything I look at. Even if it’s to be inspired about what not to do.

The distraction you want to eliminate: The current political climate. Or my cell phone.

Concrete or marble? Marble.

High-rise or townhouse? High-rise.

Aliens or ghosts? Aliens.

Remember or forget? Remember.

Dark or light? Dark.

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