Designer Spotlight: Kenneth Stump

Mar 10, 2016 | Designer Spotlight

Favorite things:

Pantone Color: PMS 343

Phone App: Stitcher

Athlete: Alex Ovechkin

Ice Cream: Ritas Vanilla Custard

Drink: Bourbon on ice

Meal: Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Let’s get personal:

Deepest Fear:  I think it must be drowning.  I hate movie scenes where anyone is underwater for a long time, I hold my breath unconsciously.

Favorite way to waste a Saturday: walk the dog, then breakfast with the family, followed by a lot of college football and a few beers.

Superpower you wish you had: the ability to eat an enormous amount of vanilla custard without getting sick.

When I was little I wanted to be….?: an architect….no really.  Lego houses all day long.

Most memorable design school moment?

I was a student at West Virginia University in 1990 when congress was debating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Interior Design Department held an exercise to see how accessible our campus was by navigating it in a wheelchair. WVU is in the mountains, I was 19, and hilarity ensued. I also developed an appreciation for the importance of barrier free design.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

I would design a worldwide sharing economy that provided everything everyone needs without waste.

If you could learn a new craft what would it be?

I would learn to play guitar. I’ve put it off way too long, and I’m not getting any younger.

Who is a designer that inspires you?

Carlo Scarpa. God really is in the details, and Scarpas attention to detail is praise worthy. His work with concrete, glass and copper are truly sublime.