Portrait Celine

Proust Questionnaire: Céline Lamée

Céline Lamée is one of the founders of Lava Beijing, a Beijing-based design agency. This Dutch design company, first born in 1990 in Amsterdam, established the Beijing studio five years ago and has completed many interesting design projects led by Céline. Céline answered for Doors the Proust Questionnaire (a parlor game popularized by French writer Marcel Proust, who believed that answering these questions reveal an individual’s true nature).

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

It’s like now. I am super happy with what I do and work, and outside of work, my life. A good life-work balance.

What is your greatest fear?

Real size dolls in museums

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


What is the trait you most deplore in others?

People only talking about themselves

What is your greatest extravagance?

Video games

What is your current state of mind?

Slightly nervous

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Being humble

On what occasion do you lie?

In Proust questionnaires

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My belly

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Being straightforward

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Thinking about other people

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Noice” and “Super”

What or who is the greatest love of your life?


When and where were you happiest?

Now, here

Which talent would you most like to have?

Chinese calligraphy

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Wish I could speak Chinese fluently

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Opening and running this studio

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A man

Where would you most like to live?


What is your most treasured possession?


What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

When you have really no one around, no friends

What is your favorite occupation?

Wine tasting

What is your most marked characteristic?

Open, talkative

What do you most value in your friends?

Their own personality, their differences, being themselves

Who are your favorite writers?

Anton Grunberg, Paul Auster, Ali Smith, many

Who is your hero of fiction?

Black Panther

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

No one

What are your favorite names?


What is it that you most dislike?


What is your greatest regret?

Not keeping in touch with some people

How would you like to die?


What is your motto?

Good dogs don't get in the way (好狗不挡路)

Read our interview of Céline Lamée, designer and director of Lava Beijing