Q&A with Naz Arandi
Creative Director at Airbnb
Where are you today?
South Park. Seriously. Not the TV show but a real neighborhood in San Francisco. I moved here two months ago from Los Angeles and loving this cute little nook in this chaotic city.
What do you do for a living?
I'm a creative director at Airbnb
Why are you doing it?
I love storytelling. It's part art, part science and it's the best use of my brain at the moment. I'm also excited that I get to be part of a community-driven brand, it's so complex yet simple when you deal with real people and their stories. I feel inspired and humbled everyday.
Most prized possession?
My friend Fei's art, an old Persian rug and polaroids of my family and friends.
Favorite piece of clothing you own?
Can I talk about shoes instead? Currently a pair of gold Proenza Schouler lace-ups. They are like sunshine on my feet during foggy San Francisco days.
Current regulars on the playlist?
Buena Vista Social Club, Francis and the Lights, Micheal Kiwanuka, Curtis Mayfield, Rolling Stones, LCD Soundsystem and Googoosh circa 60's and 70's.
Best gig you've been to?
Crystal Castles. Mainly because I went with the best group of friends and we danced all night like teenagers.
You invite any 3 people to lunch, living or past, who would join you?
One woman: Patti Smith. Two dead men: Steve Jobs, David Bowie.
Best memory or memories?
Summer vacations by the Caspian Sea as a kid. I remember it to be warm, salty and full of family and friends, I also had a mini-fro that looked glorious in my dad's old polaroids.
Sitting on a Parisian rooftop in my early 20's, drinking cheap ($.50) wine and laughing at all the mistakes I'd made, and not knowing how many more I will make.
Graduating from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit, feeling fearless, driving across the country to Los Angeles and towards my adulthood while listening to Yeah Yeah Yeah's Maps on repeat.
This question made me feel super nostalgic.
What are some of your environmentally friendly practices?
I recycle. I buy recycled household items as much as possible. I use public transport as much as I can. I avoid plastic. I also try to keep myself informed so I can have a logical discussion with deniers.
What do you think about the state of the environment?
It's not sustainable. Until we understand that there has to be a symbiotic relationship between human and nature, we are in deep trouble. We owe it to the future generations to restart and recharge this conversation and take real actions.
Where do you want to be in 10 years?
Hopefully still on this earth and laughing a lot. And if I am, to run my own creative and strategy consultancy focusing on social impact.