It's almost been a month since we officially launched this labour of love and sometimes I pinch myself because it's so surreal to be where we are today. It was always a dream of mine to have my own creative studio, but I only seriously conceptualised the idea of Chun Tsubaki in January 2017, where I casually mentioned this plan to Claire, our current copywriter/creative strategist.
Half a year later, the perfect space was found at 3 Kim Chuan Lane, complete with industrial vibes, a tiny loft (a.k.a the mezzanine), and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the perfect amount of sun for natural light photography (also because we're obsessed with #chasinglight).
As I always had a penchant for interior design, I decided to take on the task of designing the studio. The idea was envisioned along the complementary concepts of Danish Hygge and Japanese Wabi-Sabi. Overall, I didn't want a stiff-collared no-nonsense 'office', but instead aspired to build an aesthetically pleasing 'home away from home' — a space that could invigorate the senses and bring creatives from various fields together, a space where we could celebrate the culinary arts and share with everyone our passion for food, and finally, an inviting space that could bring people together.
All of this was of course ambitious, and we had our work cut out for us.
We liked the bare aesthetics of the studio and wanted to keep it simple. Hence, the bulk of the renovation process was focused on the social kitchen. Everything was painstakingly designed and custom-made, from the oak wood veneer of our cabinets to the Carrara marble counter top of our mobile kitchen island. It was no doubt a long and tiring process, but seeing it come together beautifully made all that effort feel worth it.
Our dream kitchen: marble counter tops, wide space for food prep and of course, an abundance of natural light for food photography!
Once the kitchen was settled, we started to fill our space with key furniture pieces from our friends at Möbler, to evoke a sense of rustic Scandinavian charm, complete with electrical appliances from Bosch, and finally some foliage to add a breath of fresh air and greenery to our space.
It's been an arduous journey to get Chun Tsubaki up and running, but through this process we've felt an enormous outpouring of love and support from friends, family, and everyone in the community. We definitely wouldn't be where we are today and for this, we are infinitely grateful. We hope to keep growing, to refine and redefine our creative process, to share our passions, and inspire everyone to revel in the makers process. This is just the beginning of a new chapter, and we've got grand plans for the year(s) ahead. Hustle on!
- C.R Tan
Founder and Director, of Chun Tsubaki