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October 24, 2014 Previous

Meet Jim Watt

Architect, Restaurateur + Partner, Smith

  • 1

    Right now, I'm inspired by

    the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi—the perfection of imperfection.

  • 2

    My piece of advice

    If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

  • 3

    My style icon

    is Hemingway.

  • 4

    Everyone should own

    a Dutch oven. I love French peasant food (especially coq au vin) and a Dutch oven transforms simple ingredients into something wonderfully rich and complex.

  • 5

    My necessary luxury

    is my boat.

  • 6

    I'd like to spend a day in the life of

    Jean-Michel Basquiat.

  • 7

    The best gift I've ever given

    is a commissioned piece of artwork by Paolo Ventura as a wedding gift.

  • 8

    My favorite way to spend a day off

    is painting. I’m really into plein air watercolors right now.

  • 9

    I can't travel without

    a sketchbook.

  • 10

    The best money I've ever spent

    was in building Porta, Smith’s authentic Neapolitan pizza restaurant in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Inspired by: The Japanese Concept of Wabi-Sabi