Lionel Ohayon is the founder and CEO of ICRAVE, a Manhattan-based innovation studio that opened its doors in 2002. We featured their Madison Square Park offices in 2013, a place that was designed to foster collaboration and creativity, something Ohayon is passionate about. The University of Waterloo School of Architecture graduate not only dedicates time and resources to a not-for-profit arts organization and performance space, he leads his multi-disciplined team to be ahead of the game when it comes to redefining the modern airport and the traveler experience. Currently, he and his team are working on a new approach to patient-centric eco-systems for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Besides that, this busy firm works on hotels, restaurants, startups, and other Fortune 500 companies. Let’s take a look to see what keeps this CEO happiest in this week’s Friday Five.
1. Burning Man
This annual art event based on radical self expression and self reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, has become a tradition I attend each year as a source of creative inspiration and a critical outlet for me to realign each year.
2. Scooter Luggage
If you travel as much as I do you might understand why I love the concept of a suitcase that doubles as a scooter. I may have been spotted zipping around on it at the airport a time or two.
I’m in my happiest state when I’m skiing. I try to ski a couple times each winter season to clear my mind and enjoy the outdoors.
I can’t live without music. Can you?
My sketchbook is where my ideas find form. I am constantly picking up old sketchbooks and looking into old thoughts and ideas. They are a constant source of new ideas and a reminder of the ones I have been thinking about for years.