Lightness, Abstraction and Imperfection

Studio Paul Chan (formerly known as The Coast) is an architecture and design studio creating bespoke spaces, lighting and furniture in Los Angeles. With a profound belief in designs that satisfy intellectual, functional and poetic needs, the studio approaches spaces and objects with delicate transitions1 - between shadows of history and lightness of modernity, between imperfection2 and precision, between abstraction and materiality3. I prefer books over the internet, gradual over immediate, wobbly lines over a straight one, ambigous over absolute4.

1. Michael Sorkin’s essay “Two Hundred and Fifty Things an Architect should know” point number 79. The meaninglessness of borders.
2. As referenced in Terunobu Fujimori’s essay “Magical Spatial Inversion” in the book A Japanese Constellation published by MOMA on the lineage of Bauhaus and LeCorbusier interpretation of Modernism.

3. choosing to focus on the relationships of materials and perceptions rather than on expression or intervention.
4. I appreciate precision but not absoute in perspectives. 


Paul Chan (b. 1984) has worked at the design firms ASH NYC, DillerScofidio+Renfro, and Obra Architects. He has led the design of multiple architectural and hospitality projects from New York to Detroit to Asia such as The Siren Hotel, SweetGreen flagship store and Collective VIP booth among others. Educated at Parsons School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Chan holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Development from Columbia University GSAPP where he was awarded the CURE award for the advancement of transdisciplinary research in architecture and urban development.


Greenhouse / Stockholm Furniture Fair . 2020
Intro / LA . Los Angeles . 2019
Inside/Out . New York . 2019
Festival de Arte WIT . Mexico . 2019
Collective Concepts @ ICFF . New York . 2018


NYC X Design Made in the Boroughs . 2018


Eric Beam, Charlie O'Geen, Michael Harvey, Elliot Yamamoto, Harrison Yamamoto, Ravi Varma





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