In the heart of Taipei, a modest space in a neighbourhood which once housed the families of the military, the two designers of Ganna Studio have created an interior which functions as their Studio as well as their residence. In order to preserve the heritage features of the 40 year old house, no radical structural alterations were carried out with the exception of enlarging the windows to illuminate the interior.

With a basic color palette of shades of grey, color was introduced in the form of well-chosen items of furniture and decorative objects. The bright red door at the entrance of the property sets the stage for the eclectic aesthetic to be found inside. Classic embossed swivel screens create a flexible space which adjoins the living and work areas. A distressed wood work bench contrasts with the hi-tech computer monitors and the instantly recognizable Eames plastic armchairs.

In the narrow sitting room, a Jean Paul Gaultier sofa for Roche Bobois is backed by a raw concrete wall on a floor of pale herringbone parquet. Beautiful contemporary light fittings are distributed throughout the entire space. The designers found that in spite of the inherent challenges of creating an inspirational work environment while preserving the privacy and comfort of a relaxing home, the resulting space has proved to be ideal for both activities and even encouraging in terms of improved productivity.