Born in South Korea, D.B. Kim built a professional career that has taken him from East to West spanning hospitality, architecture, interiors, to product design. Leaders in these industries internationally recognize his dedication to excellence. His convictions, humor, and intellect drive a strategic imprint on the business of design and creativity. “I believe marrying passion and design,” says DB, “to help a concept to be forward-thinking and provocative, while making way for opportunities to influence other designs in the industry: trend setting, in a subtle way.”

A career hospitality designer, D.B. Kim is a frequent flier both by profession and by nature. And his immersive approach to travel has served him well when designing luxury properties, whether in-house at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide or for clients of Daroff Design + DDI Architects and Pierre-Yves Rochon. Then the South Korean native moved to Beijing to become a VP at the Wanda Hotel Design & Research Institute. The studio is a subsidiary of the Dalian Wanda Group, a real-estate giant helmed by China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, and responsible for upscale properties around the globe. Kim’s job was to help launch no fewer than three hotel brands. He has returned to his home town of New York to continue his work from there.