Thursday Q&A with Cu Van Ha
Cu Van Ha founded Mirror Magazine at the age of 22, and later, Preston Catalogue. These days he publishes additional magazines and catalogues for other clients. He was born in Vietnam and moved to Canada at the age of two, when his family settled in Niagara Falls. He studied design and media at Carleton University’s School of Architecture. Van Ha answered our many questions.
OCS: Who are your style icons?
CVH: Robert Redford
OCS: Best home accessory?
CVH: Book shelf
OCS: Best recent fashion find?
CVH: Basic brown boots
OCS: What’s on your bedside table?
CVH: Paper and pen
OCS: Whom would you invite for dinner if you could choose anyone in the world?
CVH: Cindy Crawford
OCS: What’s your earliest memory?
CVH: On a boat in Vietnam with my dad and sister
OCS: Proudest moments?
CVH: Holding the first magazine I ever published in my hands and seeing it come off the printing press.
OCS: Favourite piece of furniture?
CVH: My desk and lamp.
OCS: Qualities you most admire in a person?
CVH: Hardworking, determined and respectful
OCS: Describe a perfect day off (it can be anywhere in the world).
CVH: Relaxing on a boat in Vietnam near the village where I was born.
OCS: Favourite visual artist, living or dead?
CVH: M.C. Escher
OCS: Favourite local artist?
CVH: Ana Miura
OCS: Favourite food?
CVH: Seafood Pho
OCS: Mac or PC?
OCS: Fine dining or plain old diners?
OCS: Best restaurant in Ottawa?
CVH: Pho thu Do
OCS: Person, place or thing that makes you proudest/happiest that you live in Ottawa?
CVH: Amazing business clients
OCS: Fave blog or website?
OCS: Twitter, Facebook or both?
OCS: What’s your guilty pleasure?
CVH: Maple anything
OCS: Favourite place to spend time?
CVH: Walking around anywhere in the world
OCS: You can see the debut of any piece of music in history. What would it be?
CVH: Any Beatles song
OCS: Your biggest fashion faux-pas, when, where and how?
CVH: Hats — not really my thing.
OCS: Whom would you most like to work with in your professional capacity?
CVH: Produce a magazine with Frank Gehry or Daniel Libeskind
OCS: Best book you read in the past year?
CVH: I am more of a magazine guy.
OCS: Most-oft-played song on your iPod or MP3 player?
CVH: Cake, Hem of Your Garment
OCS: Wine, beer or both?
CVH: Both, but not at the same time
OCS: How would you like the world to remember you? What would your eulogist ideally say?
CVH: That I designed and published the best magazines and books in the world.