China-born, New York-based designer Chris Shao founded Chris Shao Studio LLC in 2016. While pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at the New York School of Interior Design, Chris received his first major commission to design the interiors of a multi-family project at 111 Varick Street, in the cosmopolitan neighborhood of SoHo. His designs have been coveted for their fusion of masculine with feminine, rich fabrics with sharp contemporary silhouettes, and romantic ideals with classical stoicism. He lends a signature twist to everyday essentials.
Noho Manhattan natives, Chris Shao Studio LLC started its design journey in 2017 and is credited with bringing a refreshing nuance to the Interior Design scene. The studio’s designs are imbued with naturalistic and eclectic ambiance. Citing a guiding principle of Arts & Crafts pioneer William Morris, of “truth to materials” as a key influence, the design team offers an unfussy, free-spirited vision of contemporary design, that is considered, without being pretentious. This approach has unsurprisingly won the studio a legion of clients, who covert Chris Shao Studio’s distinctive work.
The team at Chris Shao Studio has formed their base in New York City, each coming from a range of distinct and distant cultures. Asian, Latin American and Australian backgrounds influence a unique approach to design, however conform around the same design values of sophistication and exclusivity. Diversity has assisted the studio in accomplishing a strong but versatile identity that translates into every project, creating a unique and personal result for each client.
In 2018, Chris Shao opened a second design studio, 召禾室内设计(上海)有限公司, in Shanghai, China. His design philosophy lives in the studio’s pared-back aesthetic and respect for materials while remaining avant-garde in its reinterpretations of contemporary classics. Currently, both studios have broadened their design footprints among high-end residential, hospitality, and commercial projects on an International scale.
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