Paul Sun ― A.O.F Design

by Grace Chung

How did you come up with and decide on the name for your business?

My original business name was taken. But the phrase ‘Art of Function’ was something I heard a lot in the custom motorcycle world and it always resonated with me. I dont think it makes for a good business name because it’s hard to say and people always ask you to repeat it. But I had to choose something because I was at the registry office so I just wrote that down. 

What is your favorite part of the creative process?

The concept of having an idea in your head and then bringing it to life is always the biggest drug for me. When you have something tangibly sitting before you that was once just an idea in your head. As far as my particular design I can’t really say what inspires me. Its really observing things that are beautiful to me and then translating that into a practical piece of furniture. What’s ironic is that I naturally gravitate towards old vintage things, things that are beat up and used, but in contrast when I’m making furniture it’s quite the opposite. To this day I can’t figure out why that is. 

How has the city of Los Angeles inspired you and your business? What makes it ideal to root your business here?

The beauty of Los Angeles is that it is a true melting pot. Because of that you’re constantly exposed to different people, culture, perspective, arts, etc. You don’t have to go far to be inspired, especially if you’re looking in the right places. And because of the variety of people, Angeleno’s are very open to receiving new things (culture, arts, designs) and so it’s a perfect place to showcase your work, especially as a novice creator. 

What have you learned about yourself and your Korean heritage through the process

I’ve learned to be more open to allowing my heritage to influence my creative choices. I naturally gravitate towards American mid-century modern design in my furniture, but to challenge myself by asking what a Korean-touch would look like, keeps me on my toes and I believe makes for fresh ideas. 

What’s something surprising about you that no one would expect?

I love 90s Pop Love songs like Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. The cheesier the better. 

When you are feeling down, what’s something that lifts you up?

Chili Cheese Fries. I’m an emotional-eater.

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