Yaniv Chen, owner of Mas­ter Stu­dio, shares seven of his in­spi­ra­tions

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Mas­ter Stu­dio’s sub­lime in­spi­ra­tions

For Cape Town-based in­te­rior de­signer Yaniv Chen, cre­at­ing prod­ucts and spa­ces is more about emot­ing a mood or feel­ing than fol­low­ing fleet­ing trends. Founder of Mas­ter Stu­dio, which has been in busi­ness for just over a year, Chen uses his mixed back­ground of fash­ion, in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture and fur­ni­ture de­sign to work on an eclec­tic mix of projects, from homes to re­tail stores and show­rooms. With busi­ness part­ner Leigh Finck, Chen sets out to “cre­ate in­te­ri­ors that are sa­cred, not pre­cious. We be­lieve chairs should be sat on, ob­jects touched and books paged through,” says the de­signer.

1 A fur­ni­ture piece I can‘t live with­out is my Gio Ponti Su­per­leg­gera chairs from Cassina. They’ve al­ways re­minded my of an Ital­ian villa. Some­thing out of ”Call Me By Your Name“or ”A Big­ger Splash“.

2 An al­bum I can lis­ten to over and over again is Blood Orange’s ”Cu­pid Deluxe“.

3 The book that in­flu­enced me the most is ”The Feel­ing of Things“by Adam Caruso. He delves into the emo­tive prop­er­ties of de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture.

4 We lis­ten to a lot of pod­casts at the stu­dio. Some favourites are 99% In­vis­i­ble, Fresh Air, Mon­o­cle — The Ur­ban­ist, Mon­o­cle — Sec­tion D, The Ob­ser­va­tory. It’s re­ally lovely be­cause you can learn while you work.

5 My ultimate din­ner-party dish is Yo­tam Ot­tolenghi’s Eton Mess — per­fect bal­ance be­tween sweet and sour.

6 A South African artist we should all keep our eye on is Michele Mathi­son. He’s a sculp­tor work­ing with un­con­ven­tional ma­te­ri­als in the most beau­ti­ful ways.

7 My favourite way to spend a Sun­day is trawl­ing through old in­te­ri­ors books from the ‘20s to the ‘90s.

1 & 2 Yaniv’s de­sign in­te­ri­ors 3 Gio Ponti Su­per­leg­gera chair4 Blood Orange’s Cu­pid Deluxe 5 Break­ing Ground by Michele Mathi­son 6 Yo­tam Ot­tolenghi’s Eton Mess

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