Interview with ShuYu Chou From Taiwan

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ShuYu Chou is one half of the dynamic duo of R.t Interior Design that is behind the creative driving force for NO. 6 Warm Room.

Interview with the 2022 MUSE Design Awards Winner - ShuyYu Chou

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your design background.

I have been studying interior design since high school and over 10 years of learning with work experience. Now, I’m an interior designer and a freelancer.

2What made you become/why did you choose to become a designer/artist?

I want to provide everyone with a more comfortable life and experience.

3Tell us more about your business/company, job profile, and what you do.

I started to set up a studio and took over cases independently in 2017. MY works won awards such as 2018 APDC, 2019 APDC, 2019 CHINA INTERNATIONAL SPACE DESIGN COMPETITION, 2021 IDA, 2022 ADP, and 2022 MUSE Design.

4What does “design” mean to you?

To identify problems, solve problems, and maintain balance.

5What’s your favorite kind of design and why?

Artdeco. Because it's neat, durable and classic.

6Describe your design style and its main characteristics.

We create a space that will not be eliminated due to changes in time, we don't want to be rigidly defined in any style. The Design of a suitable residence is according to the preferences of the homeowner, that integrate homeowner needs. The homeowner's preferences and needs are our styles.

7Tell us about your design process.

I usually a lot of studying, bold assumptions, and attention to detail.

8Do you think your country and its cultural heritage has an impact on your design process?

Taiwan has a lot of diverse population of residents and historical sites of many cultures. So I believe more that design doesn't want to be rigidly defined in any style.

9Congratulations! As the winner of the 2022 MUSE Design Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?

We only have 2 members of a studio and recognized by international awards such as MUSE. What it means to us is continuing to create more in the design industry and keep its original intention and remain unchanged.

10Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2022 MUSE Design Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

We named our project the ‘Warm Room’, the main theme? Sunshine in the winter and enjoying the beauty of nature. The space is full of objects in warm color, with the usage of low-chroma texture on the material, we embellish it with meticulous and neat lines. It lets us try to use a little spatial design element, it contrasts with material, scale, color variation, and shape, make you feel a couple of hardness with softness. The wall trim made use of changes in light and shadow so that your vision has more depth. It may seem simple and not monotonous, but that was to meet with the expectations of the homeowner, “…don't hide and cover-up Feng Shui”. Let every material become part of the design naturally, letting Feng Shui and design concepts coexist together.

11What was the biggest challenge with this project?

The designers do not need words to express their ideas and can understand the preferences personal traits and styles of the owners from the design and show the space of personal trait

12How has winning an Award developed your practice/career?

Have more visibility opportunities

13What are your top three (3) favorite things about our industry?

Design works, Approval and challenge.

14What makes your country specifically, unique in the design industry?

Creative and exquisite.

15Where do you see the evolution of design industry going over the next 5-10 years?

Creative, exquisite and modular.

16If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring MUSE Design Awards submitter, what advice would you give them?

Keep studying and keep going.

17What resources would you recommend to someone who wants to improve their skills in the design industry?

Reading books and Internet information.

18Who has inspired you in your life and why?

My college mentor. He taught me the importance of reading and effort.

19What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?

I usually amass a lot of reading.

Winning Entries

NO.6 Warm Room | 2022

NO.6 Warm Room | ShuYu Chou

We named the Warm Room, that main 「sunshine in the winter, enjoy the beauty of nature」 The whole scenery is designed with the warm color system preferred by the homeowner. Use meticulous coating and neat lines to separate blocks, use different material distribution ratios, pay more attention to details, and enhance the…
(read more at MUSE Design Awards)

ShuYu Chou

ShuYu Chou is one half of the dynamic duo of R.t Interior Design that is behind the creative driving force for NO. 6 Warm Room.

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