Wild Thoughts with Ivy Ross

BY Sarah Thornton

“Good design is not just subjective. Nor is beauty. Some people think it’s arbitrary, but it’s not,” says Ivy Ross, the Head of Design for Google Hardware. It’s a Friday afternoon and Ross is working from her home, a modernist house with an almighty view of Mount Tam in Marin County. Lily Lin, a Google communications director, peers at us through a laptop camera positioned on the coffee table while Ross and I sit on an architectural sofa by Antonio Citterio. Lin’s video-link presence might feel Big Brotherish if she weren’t so good-humored and sisterly.

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