Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Vault Design Lab ("VDL") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
VDL : I’m one of the founder of Vault Design Lab, a full- service interior design firm based in Penang, Malaysia. I play role as Managing Director and I’ve accumulated 6 years working experience in high-end private residential interior design. Our design lab emphasizes on unique, premium and elegant character in spaces. We are keen to explore material in trend. In recent years, my partners and I are venturing into commercial design industry for more opportunities.
VDL : I see no-limit possibilities in every space and strongly believe a well-designed space should possess a unique character and elegant in its own way. I’m excited to redefine the spaces that with my perception. I wish to create strong sense of space through my design and create a whole experience to the end users.
VDL : I chose to become an interior designer.
VDL : I love to explore sophisticated and timeless elegance design. That’s our design lab design direction as well. I appreciate premium and luxury goods. I focus on details that would bring out the essence of luxury, from the selection of texture of fabrics to the decorative paintings. I keen to explore more of the delicate and expensive details in this industry.
VDL : It might sound cliché but “Dream It, Live It” has driven to where am I today and keep me moving.
VDL : Good designer- create a balance in space’s functionality and visual experience, carefully considering all situations based on design brief. Great designer- create iconic symbol, breakthrough from tradition, discover new perspective in design.
VDL : In my point of view, a good design gives a ‘3 second impact’- a great first impression to lead the crowd into designer’s perspective through the space experience.
VDL : Support from crowd in good design will positively induce more new concept and thinking logic. I believe this cycle would create new mindset and visual perspective.
VDL : Face your fears and step into the unknown ground to discover your strengths and weaknesses
VDL : Joyce Wang and Ferris Rafauli
VDL : I think fashion design is interesting.
VDL : I think design is a powerful communication tool, with no boundary and limit. It speaks with an attitude. A designer’s attitude will shape the design itself.
VDL : My ex-boss was my learning model during my practice as entry-level interior designer. Now, my two business partners are my greatest supporters.
VDL : I think visualization on goals is the power of attraction to get things done in a good manner.
VDL : Be confident and be clear with your design intention. Always try to think from client's perspective.
VDL : Currently, we are involved in commercial design, a hotel project in Penang. In this assignment, we are experimenting the type of materials and bold colour palette to create a vibrant sensation of the common space and hotel rooms. We expect more impact from the combination, a breakthrough from our previous projects’ shades.
VDL : I hope my works become source of inspiration for the others.
VDL : A private residential bungalow with privileged site location, in Kedah Malaysia. The site is surrounded by lush greeneries and a stream. I’m excited to design the spaces with good visual connection to the nature, to provide a multi-sensory experience that can ensure a strong relationship between the end user and the surrounding. We imagine the outcome would be a beautiful choreography.
VDL : ‘Educate your clients” is relatively important. We looking for quality in client who appreciate good design and speaks more than generalities. We hope client try to understand their needs, so designers could assist more specifically in bringing out the characteristic of the space.
VDL : I always started with visualisation after the first site visit and first talk with client. The first idea came into the mind is very much inspired by the site surrounding itself.
VDL : Be unique and provide the biggest possibility of quality living experience to the users.
VDL : Google SketchUp, 3ds Max, AutoCad, Adobe Photoshop
VDL : Color is a layer of makeup to the space, it creates the mood when people step in. Material is the background story of the space. Combination of color and material will define the ambience of the intended design.
VDL : Joy. Share. And would love to learn more of the story behind the great design.
VDL : Kinfolk and Design Anthology
VDL : Every award is a recognition and encouragement. It’s a positive publicity tool to share our design works and story.
VDL : Royal blue, London, Winter, Dior
VDL : The smile when client moved into their house with satisfaction. The photos from client sharing us their little joy moment spent in the house. They motivate me to pursue further.
VDL : I do have great interest in fashion and colour when I was young. I spent my every Saturday morning during the college time, browsing over internet for more design reading materials. I enjoyed the learning moment. I’m keen to explore design so I could share with my pals who share the same interest. We used to hang out and talked about the material we gained from our readings. I believe this was a little step to part of my milestone today.
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