10 Questions with VAST
"“VAST” means to interpret life experiences without limitations. As a designer, not only are we constantly learning and enriching our sense of beauty, we must also feel and experience various aspects in life and to present these experiences in a beautified manner. "
Could you please start by briefly introducing Vast and why you decided to establish your design studio in Tai Chung?
Vast was established by my husband and I in the city of Tai Chung, where we grew up together and where most of our friends and families are living. While the population density and cultural development of Tai Chung may not be as prosperous as Taipei, living in this city allows us to have a more spacious and comfortable home. Here, designers can also take advantage of this larger space and the combination of traditional cultural elements, to create more unique and diverse architectural and interior designs. For designers, Taipei is undoubtedly the city for more opportunities, but for us, the weather and climate of a place is more important, and so we chose to base ourselves in Tai Chung instead. Since daylight has an inseparable relationship with design, and the experience of every space that we enter, the consideration of lighting qualities of every project has been our core focus.
2. What is the story behind “VAST” and what is the vision or philosophy behind the studio?
“VAST” means to interpret life experiences without limitations. As a designer, not only are we constantly learning and enriching our sense of beauty, we must also feel and experience various aspects in life and to present these experiences in a beautified manner.
The initial intention of design was to uphold the concept of a simple, pure, yet functional space. Through the realisation and quenching experiences of life, we are enabling living spaces to morph into one, mixing both people and objects, to experience every corner naturally, in the eyes of the designer and user.
3. How many years have you been working in the interior design industry?
I have been working in the industry for close to 9 years.
VAST Studio/ Workspace
4. During the process of learning and practicing design, were there any designers or design works that has had an impact or influenced you in any way?
Actually, there has not been a specific character or person who has influenced us as there are so many talented designers and works out there! Particularly for us, to dictate what kind of inspiration or influence we have received, it can only be said that through our own involvements in various fields of research within the realms of design and fashion are our main sources of inspiration.
Project: D House
5. D House 的創作靈感來自那裏呢？
5. Where did the inspiration for D House come from?
The inspiration for this project derives from one of our previous designs, the restaurant “guyot”. The client enjoyed the calm atmosphere that we created in that project, by pairing monochrome colours with bold detailing and furnishings, and wanted us to create a similar environment for his home, where he spent the majority of his leisure time creating music and wine tasting.
6. What is the concept behind this project? What factors did you consider when having to decide on the combination of materials or colours used? What type of feelings and emotions did you hope your guests would experience when entering the house?
The core concept of our design was based on the client’s preference on colour, daily attire, and a longing for a retro-style home. This influence led our imaginations to a monochrome space, comprised of black and grey interiors, paired with pale green details and dark wooden-toned retro-style furniture. We wanted to create a relaxing and serene environment, where the homeowners could enjoy the simple pleasures in life and create music freely.
Project: Vin Bar (guyot)
7. What are some of the challenges that you encountered during the design and construction process? How did you solve these issues?
The space is part of a multi-story residence, where the front and rear space of the building was cut through by stairs and corridors, and the relationship between each space was quite independent. The original planning of the space meant that there were certain restrictions on the use and design of the project, and the division of rooms would be quite mundane. Instead, we relied on the Instead, we relied on the difference and intensity of natural lighting in every space to create captivating designs through colour pairing.
Project: Double Wood Project
8. You mentioned that most of your projects involve the renovation of old homes. How important do you think such homes are to a city and what are some of the original features that you could preserve from these old builds?
Old homes serve as a record for the style and trend of contemporary architecture in Taiwan, giving designers an additional layer of imagination and elements of nostalgia for the contemporary streetscape. While we’re designing we hope to retain most of the original architectural designs or objects from the home, without affecting the flow of the new design while also considering the performance of such items; including grinding stones and sling stones, metal railings and handrails, pressure stained glass, wooden sloped roofing, old fashioned tiles, and the outline of the original build.
9. Have you noticed any changes in the ecological development or style of interior design in Taiwan in these recent years?
The ecological development of interior design in these past years has led to the discovery of many new and innovative building materials, or even the promotion of the conceptual value and green energy and usage. This shift in style is not only felt through the need of a blank space, but is also displayed through the work ethic of individuals from the interior design industry. A strong emphasis on precision and perfectionism with an obsession with details, unique style and portrayal of space, and most importantly, diversification.
10. What are some of your plans or directions for your future projects?
In our coming projects, we will be utilising more natural materials or textures and explore more diverse colour schemes in our designs.