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Meet Davy Kho, the dazzling designer behind the Mima pushchair brand

With their intelligent and high-tech designs, Mima pushchairs stand out from the crowd. We meet their creator Davy Kho

Posted: 23 May 2012
by Kelly Beswick

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As a young boy, Davy Kho used to spend many happy hours at the kitchen table in his parents’ house, in a small Dutch town, just south of Rotterdam, diligently designing comic books. “I loved drawing characters and making up stories,” says Kho, who today is widely recognised as one of Europe’s finest designers (Bloom and Alessi being two previous clients), and whose company, Mima, has just launched a groundbreaking new range of pushchairs in the UK. “I guess there was always this creativity within me, I just didn’t know what direction it would take me in.”

If Kho’s parents had got their way, however, their youngest born (he has two older brothers and a sister) would have followed them into the medical profession. Kho’s father was an eminent paediatrician while his mother was a chiropodist. But young Kho had different ideas. That creative itch needed to be scratched, 
so despite his parents’ protestations, he inched his way towards a career in design.“I think my father was a little bit disappointed,” Davy says. “But my mother understood. Her father was extremely creative and ran a metalwork factory back in Indonesia (from where Kho’s parents emigrated when he was just a year old), and she herself has a flair for design, largely expressed in her gardening.”

Any initial parental concerns must have evaporated by now, with Kho today enjoying an enviable life with his Spanish wife Yolanda and football-mad sons Alessandro, ten, and Dennis, 12, in a 
lovely seaside town just a short drive from Valencia, in eastern Spain. His flourishing business, founded four years ago, is 
a leisurely five-minute stroll from the family home. “It is wonderful having the company so close,” says Kho. “To wake up and know you haven’t got a long, stressful commute is such a luxury.” But perhaps even better is the fact that Mima’s HQ really is a home from home. “We decided that rather than a sterile, purpose-built office on an out-of-town industrial estate, we would find a nice local house, which we’ve remodelled, but left three bedrooms upstairs, so when my collaborators at the factory come for meetings they all have somewhere comfortable to stay.”

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