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Our Founder's Finds

Our founder Susie brings us her top picks of the year so far, where she delves into her favourite artist, restaurant and interior designer. As well as the best article she read in the past month and her favourite holiday destination to escape to.

By Susie Willis


Our founder Susie Willis brings us along her journey in discovering new artists and brilliant Biotechnology articles, as well as her interior design inspiration and her home away from home.


Ellen Pau's artistic brilliance has always resonated deeply with me, creating an enduring admiration that goes beyond the canvas. What draws me to her work is the seamless integration of various mediums and technology, a dynamic fusion that reflects the essence of modern art. She is brave, bold and modern and truly amplifies the energy and vibe of Hong Kong. In every stroke and pixel, Pau's art not only mirrors the spirit of this vibrant city but also serves as a testament to her unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of artistic exploration. She stands as a beacon of creativity, reminding us that true art knows no limits and that Hong Kong's dynamic cultural landscape finds a powerful voice in her groundbreaking work.


Jikoni in London has become my go-to culinary sanctuary, and I can't help but marvel at the culinary wizardry of Chef Ravinder Bhogal. Her innovative approach to vegetarian cuisine is a revelation, infusing each dish with extraordinary flavours that challenge the conventional. Bhogal is my kind of chef, someone who understands that a meal is not just sustenance but an exploration of vibrant tastes and textures. As I sit in the cozy, inviting atmosphere of Jikoni, nestled in the heart of Marylebone, I find myself immersed in a culinary journey that feels like a warm embrace – a home away from home. The restaurant's ambiance mirrors Bhogal's personality, vibrant and welcoming, creating the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable dining experience.


Diving into the article "In Beauty, The Opposite of Clean is not Dirty. It’s Science." by Joshua Britton, CEO of the biotech company Debut, was a truly enlightening experience. The article is a testament to the intersection of beauty and science, challenging preconceived notions and shedding light on the intricate relationship between the two. Britton's writing is not only well-crafted but also remarkably accurate, providing readers with a timely exploration of the scientific intricacies behind beauty standards. As the CEO of a biotech company, he brings a unique perspective to the discourse, and his insights offer a refreshing take on the evolving landscape of beauty in the context of scientific advancements. A great article indeed, compellingly written by Joshua Britton, and a valuable read for anyone intrigued by the dynamic fusion of beauty and science.


Axel Vervoordt, the Dutch virtuoso in the realms of interior design and visual art, stands as the quintessential taste-maker for me when it comes to seeking inspiration for living spaces. His innovative approach to design is unparalleled, and I find myself constantly enamoured by his skillful use of dense fibres, earthy materials, and clean design principles. Vervoordt's mastery transcends the conventional, seamlessly blending functionality with an innate sense of artistry. The spaces he crafts are not just interiors; they are immersive experiences, a harmonious dance between form and function. I am drawn to his ability to evoke a sense of timeless elegance through the careful selection of materials and a commitment to simplicity. Axel Vervoordt, this Dutch dude, has truly set the bar high as the ultimate source of interior inspiration, leaving an indelible mark on the world of design.


Hong Kong, my second home, holds a special place in my heart as I traverse between its vibrant streets and my residence in London. Regardless of the time of year, this city never fails to surprise and delight me with its unique blend of modernity and tradition. The bustling metropolis, though densely populated, exudes a sense of order and serenity. Every visit unveils a tapestry of experiences, from exploring dynamic street markets to finding solace in the tranquillity of its parks. What truly sets Hong Kong apart is the warmth and kindness of its people, a welcoming embrace that makes the city feel like a home away from home. Amidst the urban buzz, there is an undercurrent of respect for tradition that weaves seamlessly through the vibrant tapestry of daily life. Hong Kong, with its unique charm, has become not just a destination to reunite with my husband but a place that continually enchants me with its dynamic energy and rich cultural tapestry.


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