All original work © Jason W. Wong. Please ask for permission to reproduce any work.

All original work © Jason W. Wong. Please ask for permission to reproduce any work.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

She works hard for the money...

It's been a while since I posted anything, and with good reason--I was wrapping up some big projects when some serious medical news hit home. It's forced us to prioritize and scale back on work. But it's nice to know that some of the hard work I went through around the holidays has paid off.

Check out the loft I designed (in about six weeks!) for an SF tech guru and start-up specialist. More photos through the article that was just published in Business Insider.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

No one knows what it's like to be the bad man...

Some of you may or may not know that I'm also an actor.  It's been a while since I was last on stage, but I'm back and that's how I've been spending my nights and weekends (when I'm not finishing up some rush design projects, that is!)

It's been a pretty grueling schedule--design work and installations during the day, rehearsing and performing at night--but things have finally settled down. Now I'm down to just five shows a week (!!)

In a new production of Greek tragedy Antigone, I play the big bad king, Kreon. I've played some smarmy characters before, but I don't think I've ever played a villain. Not that I see him in that way, of course. I've learned to see some other sides of the king.

So far one of my favorite reviews has said the following about my performance:
"Jason W. Wong (who also designed the costumes) is both a fantastic Kreon and a disastrous one. He is fantastic in that he's charming when he wants to be, smarmy when the scene demands he be and just human enough for his priggishness to seem genuine rather than affected. He's very good, but in a way that actually hurts the show in the long run, because we end up siding with Antigone not because she's right and he's wrong but because he's so good at being unlikable"

Yes--I'll take that as a compliment!

One of my former co-stars (in Shotgun Player's production of Quills many years ago) used to quote The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" to me in the dressing room before our shows:
"No one knows what it's like to be the bad man, to be the sad man..."

How I understand ;-)

Photos by Chase Ramsey (top) and JC Myers (bottom).

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Take the long way home...

Here's a little preview of a project I've been wrapping up through Homepolish in the East Bay community of Piedmont. It's taken nearly a year since we first began, but it's been worth it--I helped the owners during the gutting and remodeling of this Tudor-style house, selecting floor finishes, tiles, fixtures, and more. And then after they moved in, helping arrange art, reupholstering some antique furniture, and getting new pieces to suit their lifestyle and the new house.

It's been a labor of love and I'm going to miss these clients--amazingly nice and always encouraging me to move to the East Bay ;-)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's just a Reflektor...

Hopefully you've noticed the new and improved website for my regular biz recently. One handy feature of the Wix site is being able to link this blog. So now you can access it here from Blogger or from my website.

I kind of imagine having them create some kind of feedback loop where you see endless reflections of the screen...but then again I'm kind of crazy that way ;-)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

She's still preoccupied with 1985...

It's time for a big before-and-after that I've wanted to share for a while, but I was just waiting to have it professionally photographed first (thanks to the multi-talented Lauren Anderson who I met on a Homepolish project.)

My client inherited a condo from his parents that was used as a pied-a-terre for many years. Professionally decorated before, it hadn't changed since everything was originally installed. I was shocked at how well things were maintained--the wallpaper, the fixtures, the mirrors...everything was still in great condition with the exception of some carpet fading at the windows and sliding glass doors.

Funny enough, when I showed some "before" photos to some female friends, they actually all loved the "befores" (a testament to the original designer and the clients' tastes.) But when they found out my new client was a young, single man, their reaction changed instantly: "Oh no. You've got to change it. This isn't for a single guy at all."

So we butched it up. Here the Living Room before:


And the Living Room after:



The Entry before:

And the Entry after:

Dining alcove before (pink) and after (green):


Bathroom before (salmon wallpaper) and after (deep blue):


The Bedroom before:


And the Bedroom after:

Quite a change, eh? The thing my client couldn't get over was how so many things that his parents had picked before had come back in fashion: the chrome, the lighting, the mirrors, the plexiglass. It was a great savings, being able to simply reupholster a few things and reuse as much as possible. The organic wavy entry wallpaper (I think it's real Maya Romanoff) was our starting point and inspired me to find taupes and browns that could really feel masculine and warm. Keeping everything else calm and neutral (including black and white photography and a now-vintage Edward Fields rug) allows the few accessories (green pillows, a bold Navajo rug) to really pop.

This was one of the most fun projects ever!

Monday, November 10, 2014

French Kissing in the USA

Between work, other artistic endeavors, and trying to not work on Sundays (boundaries, people! Boundaries!) it's been hard keeping on the ol' blog. But at least I've had this topic in my editorial queue for a while.

When I was in London this past May, I saw these great chairs in a restaurant. I knew they were by some design icon, but I had forgotten who had originally designed them.


Now I know--they're the Les Arc chairs by Charlotte Perriand, a contemporary/colleague of Le Corbusier. Of course the restaurant chairs were probably a reproduction. There are affordable copies in many places, and I've even seen denim versions at Big Daddy Antiques in San Francisco. As you can see, the real deal (vintage, no less) can be pricey:

I love the stool version and wish I could get a pair of counter stools. Sigh...someday!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Our house is a very very very fine house

I just picked up this book at my local bookshop a couple of weeks ago and can't wait to read it. It's in defense of all of us who have "stuff"--call us maximalists, eccentrics, messy, but don't call us hoarders (that's something else totally different!)


Some of the images do border on hoarding, but I like how it takes into account a different aesthetic, one that is more forgiving for those of us with collections, children, animals, too much art, or all of the above.

And of course, the tagline on the back of the book is my new motto ;-)

Can't wait to read it. Afraid of adding another book to your own cluttered collection? Borrow it from your local library!