Natasha Jen

De­signer, New York

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As a de­signer and part­ner at the de­sign firm Pen­ta­gram, Natasha Jen is as sea­soned a busi­ness trav­eller as you get. Trav­el­ling as much for projects and client meet­ings as she does to con­duct lec­tures, work­shops and speak­ing en­gage­ments at de­sign con­fer­ences around the world, Jen is rarely in a city for longer than three days at a time. Due to the na­ture of her work, the Taipei­born, New York-based de­signer rarely spends time in her ho­tel room and so val­ues the fun­da­men­tals above all. ‘Light­ing re­ally changes how you feel at any given time. You need am­ple light­ing if you’re in work mode, and if you want to re­lax, then you have to be able to con­trol the lights very eas­ily,’ she ex­plains. With work trips to Moscow, Pak­istan, Geneva and Los An­ge­les al­ready planned for the com­ing months, Jen says that she is happy if she can spend three weeks at a time at home. And while she may not have the fi­nal say in the choice of ac­com­mo­da­tion when she’s trav­el­ling for work, Jen does opt for well-honed bou­tique ho­tels when she trav­els for plea­sure; the Con­desa DF in Mex­ico City and Ho­tel Búðir in Ice­land are both par­tic­u­lar favourites. Pei-ru Keh

85,000 miles flown per year 20 trips taken per year 18 ho­tels vis­ited per year

de­signer natasha Jen at the Pen­ta­gram of­fice, Park av­enue, new york

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