"Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within"
At school, Mr. Erickson was kind enough to speak to us about his life and design. The thing I remember the most was when he spoke of discovering the discipline of Japanese design. He said he didn't understand it, until one day he watched an old man in Japan using small handmade scissors to prune his garden. He knew then it was the discipline and the balance with nature. From then on his work changed.
He's 84 now, and the last time I saw him, he was the guest of honour at the opening of his new tower downtown. Diana Kraal was his invited guest, and played a few songs just for him.
Mr. Erickson has had an amazing career, including working in the middle east for a long period of time.
He has lived in a modest home, with an amazing garden in Vancouver unti just recently.