2013 Market Winner: ‘International Investment Firm’ by Robarts Interiors and Architecture

As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Yaching Hsueh, Associate Director & Senior Interior Designer, talked with us about international recognition, adding richness to the space and creating better results than expected.

What was the happiest moment of the project?
The happiest moment of this project is when we received a notice from IIDA that this project has won honorable mention in IIDA Global Excellence Award Corporate Space Small category last December. This is the first international award for our company and myself. Getting international recognition is definitely rewarding as a designer. It is amazing we won the second international award for this project.

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What are you most proud of?
We are very proud of our team work. This was a design build project with our own MEP design, project management and seamless collaboration between our Beijing and Shanghai office. Professional performance from all team members with trust and support from the clients make this an outstanding project. The clients are also very proud of their office.

Think about a situation when things turned out different than you expected. How did the outcome impact the end result of the project?
We specified grey tinted glass for meeting room glass partition. However, since that was double-glazed partition system, the two layers of grey tinted glass become almost black glass. This was different than our expectation but it turned out the effect is even better. It created more contrast for the client area and the black glass went very well with the polished aluminum frame. This is fortunately a lesson learned with greater result.

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Do you have any stories you want to share about project?
When we did our first presentation to the client, one design element he had strong concern was the onyx slats being cheap hotel decoration. We convinced him that with delicate designed details, high quality materials and lighting, it will be exquisite. It proved to be one of the most successful features in the space and the client loves it.

Tell me more about the use of onyx in the space.
Nature has been our inspiration for design. The onyx we used for this project are so rich in pattern and colors, it is not only the feature of the space but also the color palate for the whole project. All materials from wood veneer, carpet, to upholstery on sofa were taken from the colors on the onyx.

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