PHOTOS: Meet Design Star Judge Vern Yip's Son Gavin

PHOTOS: Meet Design Star Judge Vern Yip's Son Gavin
Vern Yip and son Gavin
Courtesy Vern Yip

01/18/2010 AT 07:00 PM EST

He may be only 2-weeks-old, but Gavin Joshua Mannox is already a fantastic flyer, says new dad Vern Yip.

"Gavin was a dream on the airplane," the Design Star judge tells PEOPLE of his son, who was born via surrogate to Yip and his partner on Jan. 6. "This kid was born to travel ... which is lucky for his two peripatetic parents. We’re already planning our first trip with him to Asia!”

The designer says his interest in Asian culture inspired the decor in Gavin's nursery.

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Gavin Joshua Mannox

Courtesy Vern Yip

"The image you see in the picture is a painting I commissioned for the nursery," explains Yip. "It's based on a story that a monk in Bhutan told us during our journey there and features all four of our dogs."

"The nursery is unlike any other nursery I’ve ever seen before and very reflective of us," he adds. "Lots of things brought back from trips to the most remote corners of the world. We really want our son to grow up aware of different cultures.”

Reporting by ANNE MARIE CRUZ

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