Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Chloe Liew ("CL") 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.
CL : I got the Bachelor Degree in Interior Architecture from University of Sedaya International, Malaysia. After graduation, I got the chance to work with Henry Leung, a famous Hospitality designer from CAP Atelier（former company name was Chhada Siembieda Leung Pte. Ltd in Hong Kong). Henry has been my great mentor in my design life.
CL : I in fact wished to be a building architect, but I end-up to be an interior architect due to the Interior Architecture course takes shorter time to graduate. Now, I am glad that I could get the balance as being an Interior Architect. Ha-ha
CL : It was surely my choice, a passionate choice for aesthetic building and space
CL : I do design for Hospitality space，School/Academy space, Commercial retail/ corporate offices and also some private residences. I love for projects that are seeking for new thoughts and direction, that challenge more creativity.
CL : To have persistence in the right position. Design is a long process, we need to keep learning and explore to get different experience
CL : Vision and practice, a different way in seeing and doing things
CL : The intention and approach based on the medium and context on the design, that carry out well-functional, aesthetic and wow factor.
CL : Good design generates economic and social value, and could enhance our lives.
CL : Projects that are seeking for new thoughts and direction; Client who are willing to try and go for something unique with their own personality.
CL : I dream of creating furniture and decorative products of my own brand. This is a very big project.
CL : OK, I tell you secretly... keep passion, and stay out of the box.
CL : Avel Verdvoot, Carlo Scarpa, Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma, Christian Liaigre etc.
CL : I like design that somehow got the shadow of Japanese Zen Influences that speaks to the universe and nature, which is soothing and poetic. But i also like wild and fascinating design from Philip Starck.
CL : Salon De Ning Jazz Bar in The Peninsula Shanghai. Its every single detail tells a fantastic story and memory.
CL : Keep the passion, keep trying and exploring.
CL : Architect.
CL : Design is a language to connect people, the body and soul to the environment. It makes the world better.
CL : My business partner Samme Goh, and my family who always support me.
CL : Learning and Exploring, and importantly listening the inner voice of myself.
CL : Learning to organize myself in between lots of different thoughts.
CL : With confidence and conviction.
CL : We are creating an office space for an Airline company. We inject lively and vibrant spirit into the office with the charm of flying. It's very interesting and totally different style from this kindergarten project.
CL : To make lives and world better.
CL : Better understanding about what they need.
CL : Design influences people and, anything that can influence people can make an impact on society.
CL : I am now designing some product with Agar wood.
CL : The office for Universal Music Malaysia. Design and music are inherently connected. They are both forms of calculated expression. I am glad to put them together.
CL : Design that embrace technology, but sustainable design.
CL : AI based future.
CL : It depends. Few days to few months.
CL : I will first do research on the client background, specificities of program, site, function, and history which is essential to the creation of rigorous design work. From there, I will come out with a concept or story for the design.
CL : What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.
CL : They both goes together proportionally, like "Chicken and Egg" Theory.
CL : The usage of modern technology performs the tasks in effective time and reasonable cost.
CL : Photoshop, Autocad, 3d max, Microsoft Words/ Powerpoint.
CL : They are the key to express design intention.
CL : I hope design can speaks by itself without questions. but I would still love to share the story behind.
CL : I would appreciate it and wonder how did he/she came out with this idea?
CL : My business partner Samme Goh, who complementary and challenge me. There must be chemistry occurs for co-design.
CL : Someone who are extraordinary and have great vision.
CL : Kengo Kuma <my life as an Architect>.
CL : Practicing and cultivating appetite for discovery. Never give up.
CL : Buddha.
CL : I feel honored and it gives encouragement to produce more great works. Yes it is difficult to be famous. We need to work hard for it.
CL : Grey and white. Malaysia local flavor food. I love Autumn. I love my British shorthair cat
CL : I tried to gain more inspiration when I drank wine. But normally I would fall asleep directly.
CL : I always like this quote to motivate myself in design: If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
CL : No. I thought I would be a teacher.
CL : I see I will be still designing for a better life for all beings.
CL : I always love to share the story of our Company name "Eleven To One" (ELTO). It paints a concept of a clock. To draw a middle line on the clock, 12 o’clock is the boundary. When hour hand straddles from 11 o’clock to 1 o’clock, it is beyond the boundary. It is just as design crossing different fields and creativity is always an essential. From 11am-1pm, or 11pm to 1am, there is neither ending nor beginning. It is a perfection of ever-lasting. It is beyond design through penetration and integration.
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