Benjamin Dhong is a San Francisco interior designer with an interesting story.“It’s not rocket science; I just read whatever I get my hands on,” he says. “But what’s most validating is the great client reactions. Once we’ve finished a project, that’s when I know I’m in the right profession.” Benjamin Dhong love mixing old and new, traditional and modern and high and low.
Homedit: Were you always interested in design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
Benjamin Dhong: I stumbled into design serendipitously during a trip to Italy. My friend was celebrating his birthday by renting a palladian villa outside of Vicenza. A prominent San Francisco interior designer was on the trip and in conversations about art, history and plenty of bottles of red when I mentioned that I had plenty of free time and she invited me to work as an intern in her office when we returned.One thing led to another and within 3 years I was ready to take the plunge and go out on my own. I’ve never looked back or regretted a moment. That trip changed my life.