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A Photo Studio in Taipei City Furnished with Atmospheric Old Finds

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A Photo Studio in Taipei City Furnished with Atmospheric Old Finds

April 21, 2021

Taiwanese interior designer Kuan Chun,Cheng of Homework is a collector. Drawn to patinated and soulful old things, he’s made it a practice of filling his interiors with found objects gathered locally and in his travels.

Thanks to the spillover, his practice runs a sideline vintage business online and out of the firm’s Taipei workspace. Still more favorite pieces have made their way into the nearby Homework photo studio, a space in a 1967 apartment building that Kuan Chun and his team fell in love with a few years ago thanks to its oblique shape and window wall. In need of a reason to rent it, they came up with the idea of making it a photo studio for hire. The concept has been a success: examine the backdrop of fashion and music shoots out of Taipei and you just might recognize a certain taxidermy duck and claw-footed bathtub.

Photography courtesy of Homework, (@homework172) .

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Above: “The first time I walked into this slanted apartment, the large windows and street trees outside attracted me: they reminded me of the apartment I lived in for a time in Berlin,” Kuan Chun tells us. “I want to keep that memory here, so, in short, it’s a memory box. And like most of our memories, the shape is a bit crooked. “ Scroll to the end to see the floor plan.
A sawhorse desk with a leafy view out the original metal-framed windows. The taxidermy duck is old and of unknown origin: &#8
Above: A sawhorse desk with a leafy view out the original metal-framed windows. The taxidermy duck is old and of unknown origin: “We like things that keep traces of the past,” says Homework designer Mindy. “They don’t necessarily have good stories, but they’re a reminder.”
The Victorian kettle stove is an English antique. &#8
Above: The Victorian kettle stove is an English antique. “It’s not functional anymore, but the charm is still there,” says Mindy. The designers added the wood floor themselves and hand stained it.
Objects for sale in the Homework shop are shot here—but the manual typewriter is one of the favorite pieces that remains in place. Photograph by Nicholas Chen, courtesy of Homework.
Above: Objects for sale in the Homework shop are shot here—but the manual typewriter is one of the favorite pieces that remains in place. Photograph by Nicholas Chen, courtesy of Homework.
The painted paneling is another Homework addition.
Above: The painted paneling is another Homework addition.
Wes Anderson might have been here. A similar 80s, made-in-Taiwan Bentwood Cafe Chair is currently available in the Homework shop.
Above: Wes Anderson might have been here. A similar 1980s, made-in-Taiwan Bentwood Cafe Chair is currently available in the Homework shop.
A European campaign bed serves as a daybed.
Above: A European campaign bed serves as a daybed.
A game of vintage Monopoly in Dutch, anyone?
Above: A game of vintage Monopoly in Dutch, anyone?
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Above: Homework’s founder, Kuan Chun, sits by the entry on a row of wooden seats that came out of a theater.
The studio lacks a kitchen but has a romantic bathroom. The French claw-footed tub is paired with Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi&#8
Above: The studio lacks a kitchen but has a romantic bathroom. The French claw-footed tub is paired with Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi’s 1950s brass Chiavari chair.
Vintage lockers and work clothes for crews to make themselves at home.
Above: Vintage lockers and work clothes for crews to make themselves at home.
Homework also cleaned up and accessorized the building&#8
Above: Homework also cleaned up and accessorized the building’s shared roof deck.
The Homework team dubbed the space the Oblique Room. &#8
Above: The Homework team dubbed the space the Oblique Room. “At the time, Taiwan didn’t have strict urban planning. Most structures were designed according to the land they were on, so we have old building with various shapes,” explains Mindy.

Another favorite example of a Homework design: A Taipei Tea House Built from “Sentimental Objects”

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