21 Mar 17

Michelle

Michelle

Featuring Michelle Lin of The Strangely Good

Photography Franz Navarrete @franzn

 

Located in an old HDB estate, the workspace of The Strangely Good is a mix of wit, surprise and fine attention to the smallest details.

 

Tell us a little about yourself - what did you study and how that led you to what you are doing now?

I was studying visual communications at Temasek Polytechnic and I did my Bachelors at University of the Arts, London. I was practicing graphic design and advertising for a few years... setting up a business or getting involved in Interior Design was never part of the plan but that is what I am doing now and is passionate about.

Describe the atmosphere of your office, and how that reflects your personality and taste?

Our office is segmented, we designed it such that you will be whisked from one atmosphere to the next when you step into different area. I do not think that it distinctively reflects our personality as we design the space with functionality as a priority follow by aesthetics and an element of surprise.


I like how humans are vulnerable and easily influenced by the environments they are in.


What is your favourite corner of your space, and why?

I like our toilet, it is inspired by the train from the movie Darjeeling Limited by Wes AndersonWe like to joke about how its a place we get away from work... but I do crack many briefs after leaving the toilet.



Who is the dream person you would like to invite to your space? 
How would you like to entertain him/her?

Alain De Botton. I would entertain him with food in exchange of his wisdom.

Transforming interior spaces form quite a portion of your professional work at the moment. Can you share with us your transition from graphic design to interior design? And, what do you like most about transforming spaces?

Graphic and Interior Designs are really very different practices with new processes, production methods and softwares. As of now, I would still need the help of an interior designer with projects. I am constantly observing spaces and how and why they form an experience. I like how humans are vulnerable and easily influenced by the environments they are in. That shows the trans-formative power of interiors and architecture.  Speaking to architects and product designers help as well.

 


What words do you live by?

I have a few calligraphy pieces by The Letter J Supply, in the office and at home, they all speak to different seasons I face in my life. The last one was a particularly rough season both at work and with my personal life. I bought this piece from The Letter J Supply "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all" once I set my eyes on it. Its a good reminder to not just survive a bad season but to blossom in it.

I am constantly observing spaces and how and why they form an experience.

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