Out of Office
Tatler Malaysia|July 2020
As people around the world reconsider the meanings and functions of office life, Tatler surveys eight creative professionals to discover how they find inspiration in their unusual workspaces

MALAYSIA

Paulius Staniunas

Creative director and founder of All is Amazing and one of the most in-demand party photographers in Kuala Lumpur

How do you describe your office?

My number one goal was cozy multi-functionalism. It can be a photo studio, it can be office space, it can be a creative workshop or gathering place, but it doesn’t lose charm. It has lots of wooden furniture, books and quirky corners where you can take photos. It’s a place where I want everyone to feel inspired and creative.

What makes it special?

I always wanted a space with lots of natural light, plants and carpets. A high ceiling and open plan concept are very healthy for creativity. My vision is for everyone to communicate and share ideas, hence walls are obsolete. It’s special to me, because it reflects what’s happening in my head every day and what drives my creativity.

What inspires you in this space?

There are works from Malaysian artists, books and magazines with our photos featured in them, a Polaroid wall of the people who have visited our space, and old, charming and perfectly functioning vintage cameras. But people that work and hang out here are the key to the inspiration. Without them anything we have in the studio is worthless.

TAIWAN

Lee Chi

Botanical artist and founder of Botaniplan Von Lee Chi in Taipei

Lee Chi created his design studio in 2013 to explore the relationship between plants and spaces. His imaginative, organic sculptures transcend anything so mundane as a common bouquet, attracting attention from global fashion brands, including Chanel, Gucci and Boucheron, that have sought out his designs.

As an ultramarathon runner, Lee says he views landscapes from a different perspective, having covered a lot of ground. That’s reflected in the rather freeform nature of his studio.

“I like looking for my muse in a comfortable working space,” Lee says. “The imagination of the studio at the beginning was to create a spacious office. There are many personal items in it, for example, collections of architectural works, albums of artists and books about the environment. Those are books that I need to find inspiration at any time. In addition there are some supplies that may be used after work, such as the kendo equipment and longdistance running shoes, in which you can find the spirit of concentration.”

HONG KONG

Conrad Lee

Founder of Boxzes Studio, a maker of modular storage systems in Hong Kong

What’s your office like?

Boxzes Studio is where I spend almost two-thirds of my day. Therefore, I wanted to create a space that not only is unique to Boxzes by design, but also motivates me to make the most out of my day. I designed my workspace to be used for different purposes: a showroom, a work area, a photography studio and an art gallery.

What makes it special?

One of my favourite features of the studio is a large multifunctional art piece created in collaboration with renowned Danish artist Christian Storm. It adds a bright energy that helps to inspire me and provides an eyecatching centrepiece for the room. However, what makes my workspace so special to me is having designed the room from scratch and being surrounded by products I worked hard to design. It gives me a sense of belonging and motivates me to keep working hard.

CHINA

Cui Shu

Founder of architecture and interior designer firm Cun Design in Beijing

In 2017, Cui Shu decided to build his design studio in a decades-old factory in Beijing’s Chaoyang District that had been transformed into a creative industrial park. The building is divided into zones with distinct functions, where workers can focus on specific tasks. The central “image area,” with is dramatic book displays, a mirrored ceiling and even a motorcycle, was designed to represent the company’s brand image to its clients, while “the main brain area of self space” was created as a bright, quiet, art-filled location for designers to contemplate.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM TATLER MALAYSIAView All

Objects of Desire

Fifty years ago, Cartier broke conventions in jewellery design as it elevates a familiar object into something infinitely bold, modern and iconic

3 mins read
Tatler Malaysia
March 2021

One Cool Cat

Edwin Pun, director of his family’s property development business Keyestone Group, is opening a US$620 million Hello Kitty theme park in Sanya, China in 2024

3 mins read
Tatler Malaysia
March 2021

Take Five

Catering to the fact that diversity is delicious, Shiso Dining at the MiCasa All Suite Hotel houses a five-in-one concept

3 mins read
Tatler Malaysia
March 2021

INSIDE THE FASCINATING WORLD OF NINI MARINI

ARTIST, CONTENT DESIGNER AND CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR

7 mins read
Tatler Malaysia
March 2021

The New, New Age

Kaye Dong takes aesthetics into account at her online spirituality store, The New Moon, which features contemporary, design-led ritual tools

3 mins read
Tatler Malaysia
March 2021

Future Foundations

We speak to a few of the new council members at Badan Warisan Malaysia of 2021 about what it takes to preserve a nation’s cultural identity in a time of unrest and economic decline

5 mins read
Tatler Malaysia
March 2021

The Seer

South Korean artist Lee Bul has wowed audiences around the world with her futuristic, sci-fi art. This month, she’s coming home

8 mins read
Tatler Malaysia
March 2021

Monkeying Around

Meet Samuel Ng, the new regional ambassador for Monkey Shoulder in Southeast Asia. Curious to know why Ng is the perfect fit for the brand? Here are 5 facts about the latest addition to the cheeky team

1 min read
Tatler Malaysia
March 2021

Flawless, My Dear

Rising star Nicola Coughlan discusses the Netflix hit Bridgerton and why working with Shonda Rhimes was a dream come true

3 mins read
Tatler Malaysia
March 2021

Acing Her Aim

Keeping her nose to the grindstone for over 15 years, Kelly Tan steps up to the plate once more as the nation’s number one female pro golfer

3 mins read
Tatler Malaysia
March 2021