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|Contact's Name||Chuen Yee|
|Location||1038 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
|Credentials:||Masters of Interior Architecture
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Despite her lofty achievements, interior designer Chuen Yee remains grounded and, above all, genuine. Humility and a lack of pretension infuse her stylistically varied work. It must be my Thai roots," jokes the Bangkok born designer. "Rather than designs that can be assimilated at once, I try to evoke a sense of mystery, compelling you to take a second look."
Born in Bangkok, Chuen spent her early years in Honolulu while her mother completed a PhD at the University of Hawaii. Chuens distinctive sensibility developed at a very young age. I always wanted to improve things, she says with a laugh, recalling an early memory of peering out of her bed to examine the floor of her bedroom.
Completing high school a year early, Chuen enrolled in the Architecture degree program at Chulalongkorn University, the most prestigious university in Thailand. Graduating valedictorian, Chuen worked as an Interior Architect and Designer for a large international design firm. She completed a number of award winning hospitality projects throughout Asia before becoming a Senior Interior Designer.
Under a Fulbright Scholarship, Chuen returned to the US to study at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where she completed a Masters of Interior Architecture. At RISD, Chuen became the first two-time winner of the Graduate Excellence Award, bestowed upon the top design student in the school.
Back in Bangkok, Chuen opened a design studio where she quickly became one of the busiest interior design firms in Thailand. Working long hours 7 days a week, Chuen and her team of 10 completed hotel, restaurant and residential projects throughout Thailand. Over time, the business grew to include a Honolulu, San Francisco, and New York office with Chuen spending most of her time in NYC. Theres just nothing better than being surrounded by the excitement and energy of the city, she says.
Preparing for motherhood, Chuen chose to consolidate to just the Honolulu office
which she runs with the help of her husband who was born and raised in Hawaii.
Chuen Yees interiors defy quick categorization. They are neither strictly traditional nor strictly modern: what they are is intelligent, inspired, and passionate; a fresh mix of sophisticated colors, textures, and shapes. Where some designers might stick to a prescribed list of dos and donts, this one sees an opportunity to do her own thing. You can respect the rules but also make your own, she says. I like a space to be beautiful and a touch of unexpected. The unexpected might materialize in the unusual curve of her own designed chair or an eclectic pairing of furniture. With Chuen at the helm, such complex combinations not only work- they shine. Her point of view, she says, is based on simplicity and comfort. Simplicity makes itself evident again and again in her clean lines and restrained use of embellishments. She designs spaces to be comfortable, walking a fine line between stylish and functional. Both of these qualities are manifested in projects that run a distinguished gamut of clients including Nordstroms, Disney, Starwood, Sheraton Hotel and Resorts, Westin Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Nikon retail store, Damas jewelry store and homebuilder D. R. Horton.
Numerous honors have been awarded to Chuen, some of which include Top Restaurant Design Thailand and 1st Place House of the Future (US).
Chuen lectures frequently at universities, participates in numerous design juries, and provides free interior design services to select non-profit organizations.
Having taken on the challenges of interior design for over a decade, she added mom to her list of accomplishments with the birth of her son in 2008.
Chuen Yee is an Certified Interior Designer and Professional Member of ASID.
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