Paris was the couple’s next stop. “I had a job offer from a big multi-national called Newell Rubbermaid, who you might know better as the parent company of Graco. I was brought in to set up its global design centre,” he says. Yet one senses that the big corporate environment did not suit Kho’s personality. “The experience was invaluable, especially for what I’m doing now,” he says. “But so little of what we were working on made it to market.
I realised I preferred the more dreamy world of the design office, so I decided to go it alone, and set up my own company.”
As luck would have it, several other employees left Newell Rubbermaid about the same time to set up their own firm,
so they decided to share a Parisian office. They went on to form Bloom Baby, the iconic global children’s furniture brand, with Davy designing one of its most seminal pieces, the Fresco Highchair.
They seem to have made the right choice, happily settled
in a spacious, modern house, decorated in a minimalist style that still feels like a family abode. But it’s not surprising to hear Kho already has plans for the family’s next home. “One day, when the company is more established, I’m going to buy a plot of land and build my dream house,” he says. “I’m happy where we live now, but this is going to be more romantic and have a lot more character.
I do still like modern, but as I’ve got older, I’ve been increasingly drawn to warmth and character that comes with age.”