Interview with Qiang Shen : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Qiang Shen : The concept of this design was inspired by a glass cup. The temporary living space just as a glass cup without the so-called "space border", but with many limitless possibilities. Just as "a glass of water," when it falls into the water, on the contrary it will get limitless possibilities. Putting different substances into the cup will have a new name, may be "a glass of milk, juice, beer" or others. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Qiang Shen : Located in Shikumen building in Jingan District, Shanghai, 1305-studio office is set to be the space of multi creative functions. The space acts not only for architecture, interior or graphic design, but also for lots of other purposes, fashion show, art exhibition, cocktail lounges, professional lectures, etc. With the interest of Shanghai Lane Culture, the architects tried to make this 300 qm2 space into a harmonious combination of tradition and modern. The result turns out not a bad attempt, uh?
The language of the space is the box. Boxes lying around, either piled up or separated freely, and it makes the space of unlimited possibilities. People in the space can easily find a way to adapt and communicate properly, and share the joys with others.
.Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Qiang Shen : Hope I can make a lot of people accept the design of the concept, understanding and communication, also hope that my design of these furniture can be turned into product sales. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Qiang Shen : Six months .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Qiang Shen : he wooden box made of oak has storage capabilities. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Qiang Shen : Because rent this space time is not long, the area is not large also. Want to design a kind of can according to demand the repeated use of space, there are a lot of inspiration for the use of space, but the area is so big, so with such a design concept, in order to this concept, storage tank is divided into units, bookcases were divided into unit, convenience a person can move change become the space of imagination, after the splitting of the unit can continue to use after the next move, and new space combination according to different space .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Qiang Shen : Don't have enough money .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Qiang Shen : Teng kun yen .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Qiang Shen : myself .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Qiang Shen : The temporary living space just as a glass cup without the so-called "space border", but with many limitless possibilities. Just as "a glass of water," when it falls into the water, on the contrary it will get limitless possibilities. Putting different substances into the cup will have a new name, may be "a glass of milk, juice, beer" or others.
Work space is just Like a cup of water, when we work in this "glass ", we can see the so-called desks, file cabinets, etc. But for both the desk and file cabinets, designers designed space accurately, so that it could free combine, to meet the demands over the next five years or even 10 years later. The change could enable the office space with 2 people increase to 30 people.
Parties are often held together by designers. Every weekend, the office space becomes an entirely different place. It may use the front desk into a cool DJ counter, or a counter with all kinds of drinks, 7 meter-long Screen shows various psychedelic images.
Designers design T station with wooden box. At weekends, people can together with friends hold a small fashion show.
At weekends, when the office space is no longer a working space, but turns into an exhibition hall or an art exhibition. It may also be a furniture exhibition or a building model’s exhibition, etc.
when all the bookshelves are folded, it will turns into small library. Of course it is luxurious to design a library in the 360qm2 space, but designers can create the space. And when the designers stay in this kind of space, they can realize the library's dream in his office.
Two white wooden supports of different modulus can turn into a speech sitting stool. It could meet a small speech with about 50-100 people. That can also be called as a designer’s platform, where designers can exchange their experience and satisfy their vanity. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Qiang Shen : Wooden box is the element of the design .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Qiang Shen : Model .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Qiang Shen : My wife Cheng cheng Feng .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Qiang Shen : The accurate size enables the space to show different functions .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Qiang Shen : The heights of them are 15cm and 30cm. They can free combine and superpose. They could be superimposed to 45cm, 60cm, 75cm or 90cm and so on. The open direction of the wooden door both considering spatial variability, also considering the privacy.
The shelves could be divided into units with a width of 15cm and 30cm, stagger superposed, to increase the stability, in the meanwhile, it could be used as both the display platform but also the benches. It could also used as bars or desks. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Qiang Shen : In the 300 - square - meter area meet the use function of 3000 square meters .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Qiang Shen : No .