Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Marty Chou ("MC") 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.
MC : I received my bachelor of architecture in University of Toronto, Canada, and Master of Science in advanced architectural design from Columbia University, New York, USA.
MC : I am interested in how people interact with space, and how space could alter or improve our life.
MC : My interest of architecture and space grew during my study, and it had since become my passion.
MC : I design architecture and interior space. I am interested in creating residential space, and I would like to work on more of residential interior space or single-family-house architectural design.
MC : Work hard.
MC : A good designer makes beautiful design. A great designer creates inspirational design.
MC : When you can see a clear concept without the designer explaining.
MC : A good design balances function and form, and it elevate and stimulate our senses and mind.
MC : I would design a house for my family.
MC : The dream project I haven’t yet had the time to realize is my own house.
MC : I don’t have a secret recipe, but I do try to keep my design simple and straight-forward.
MC : I am very inspired by the work of Peter Zumthor and David Chipperfield.
MC : Peter Zumthor’s Therme vals spa. It is so simple but so rich.
MC : KT apartment. It is my 2017 residential interior project. It has an unconventional space arrangement for a young couple in a limited 60 square-meter space. There are not many materials and it is mostly a white space with wooden floor, but you can feel the freedom of space and flowing of light, which give you a sense of being in a bigger space. It is a small project, but it is the optimum solution given its limited given condition and available resources.
MC : I think a good designer should be able to present their concept in an understandable and perceivable manner, so I work very hard to make my design simple and clear.
MC : If I hadn’t become a designer, I would have become a teacher.
MC : To abstract function into art.
MC : My family is my biggest supporter.
MC : Self-discipline and constant observing help me improve as a designer.
MC : Lack of technical knowledge and cultural understanding, poor time-management and naïve communication skills.
MC : Designer should present their work in keeping with their design concept.
MC : More residential design is coming soon. And I am hoping to keep creating new housing concept and dwelling environment.
MC : I wish my ultimate goal as a designer is to share the thought with people and the developers that there are so many ways of living, and to embrace new possibilities of how we could live in urban environment.
MC : Exceptional design quality.
MC : Creative design solves problem, so as society’s issue.
MC : An unconventional small family apartment space.
MC : KT apartment. It is my 2017 residential interior project. It has a unconventional space arrangement for a young couple in a limited 60 square-meter space. There are not many materials used and it is mostly a white space with wooden floor, but you can feel the freedom of space and flowing of light, which give you a sense of being in a bigger space.
MC : I think the design field has evolve to a point where there is no more diversity but only similarity due to the inevitable globalization. Designers and clients might need to focus more on the basic, in order to find new path.
MC : Not for the rich, but for the necessary.
MC : It usually takes 6 months to finalize a design.
MC : I start with studying the given site condition and analyze client’s need.
MC : Simple and clear.
MC : I think trends set the designs nowadays, which I am opposed to.
MC : Technology can only help our life to a point where things became easier and move convenient, but it can not solve everything.
MC : CAD, Photoshop.
MC : Color, materials and light, their harmonious balance is crucial to create the ambience of space.
MC : Anything they are interested in.
MC : I would be interested in knowing the back story of how they come up with the concept of the design.
MC : Someone who can help me run the company, so I can concentrate on design.
MC : My client’s personality and interests are influential on my design.
MC : none
MC : Work hard and try new things.
MC : Albert Einstein.
MC : My favorite color is white. My favorite food is Taiwanese local food. My favorite season is winter.
MC : A design problem solved could make my day. A client’s smile could make my day.
MC : Not obvious.
MC : Co-exist with other being in the universe.
MC : My work, and what my work focuses on, which is the beauty of simplicity.
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