benny leong ding A product designer best known for inventing the LCD projector and co-designing the award-winning Alessi domestic appliances collection while working for Philips in the Netherlands. He returned to Hong Kong four years ago to teach industrial design at his alma mater, the Polytechnic University. Favourite book: Artefactos: Colombian Crafts From The Andes To The Amazon by Lilian and Benjamin Villegas. The way it relates people to artefacts impressed me. And I love my personal sketchbook - it's my pictorial ideas archive. Magazine: Britain's Blueprint and Italy's Domus, design magazines covering everything from architecture to household goods. Both have excellent photographs and articles. Film: The Black Canon Incident, a low-budget, Chinese political satire about corruption on the mainland in the mid '80s. It's very funny. CD: A track on A Winter's Solstice VI by Brian Keane, and the soundtrack of Japanese drama series Below The Same Roof II by Toshifumi Hinata. I prefer beautiful and simple melodies. Car: I don't like driving in Hong Kong. When we lived in Holland, I had a lovely 50 cc motorcycle my wife called the Porsche Bike. I miss it. Place in Hong Kong to take a guest: A trip to any island by ferry - I love the sea. Method of keeping fit: Raising a baby. It's hard work. My son is three months old and already weighs nearly seven kilos! Way to spend a Sunday: Sleeping, provided the baby doesn't start crying. Holiday destination: Home, where I can relax without company or entertainment. I have promised my wife we would go to Japan soon. I know it quite well, so I can show her around. Scent: Any natural smell, like wood, morning dew - it doesn't have to be a fragrance. Cosmetic/beauty product: Untainted mineral water. But I don't think any beauty product could improve my looks. Accessory: Old shopping bags. I use them as a briefcase and I can always find one of the right size, design and colour to match my outfit. Hairdresser: My wife. She's so careful that I sometimes fall asleep while she's cutting it. Meal: The first meal I had after a stomach scan two years ago. Restaurant: De Pawn, a French restaurant in Groningen, a city in northern Holland where we used to go for special occasions. I have many lovely memories of it. Alcoholic drink: I don't drink - I get drunk on one little glass of beer. Shop: I can't remember its name, but it's a compact, three-storey shop in Cologne, Germany, which sells household knick-knacks and industrial bits and pieces. It has a market atmosphere and attracts everyone from housewives to designers. A truly odd place. Artist: Loa, Wong and Cheung, three ladies in northern China who make brilliant, traditional paper cuts. Designer: Achille Castiglioni, a veteran interior designer. He always comes up with interesting work. Person: Dad, the self-taught woodwork genius who loved making furniture. He inspired my interest in making things. And my wife, of course.