Working, Listening, and Designing With Studio Juju

Working, Listening, and Designing With Studio Juju

Gregory Han
Mar 27, 2013

Founded in 2009 by Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui, Singapore-based Studio Juju designs and develops products, furniture, physical spaces, and more. Focused on creating pleasant and innovative human interactions, Timo and Priscilla were selected as 2011 “Designers of the Future” at Design Miami/ and have collaborated with W Hotels, among others. This week’s Playlist offers us a pleasant interaction with Studio Juju’s listening habits. Put your ears on.

What do you listen to while you work? We listen to various kinds of music, from the electronic genre all the way to Japanese pop music. At times, the distant sound of construction work sounds rhythmic. Strange but true.

How do you listen? We play music through our laptops, and sometimes from the record player. Everyone in the studio listens to the same music. We take turns playing from each other’s playlist. We seldom use earphones, as we communicate a lot while working.

Do you have any favorite music websites/providers? We have a few decent music shops in Singapore where we get CDs and vinyl. One of them is called “Gramophone.”

Does music influence your work? The different music we play sets the mood and pace when we work. It’s like a theme song playing in the background for the task you are performing at that moment.

Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste? It’s always in the air. You are [out] somewhere, you hear a nice tune and the next moment you try find out more about it.

If your work was a song or a musician, what or who would it be? “Ponyo on the Cliff By the Sea.” I think the film created by Hayao Miyazaki represents the spirit of our work. The film is reflected in the theme song as well.

Studio Juju’s Playlist:
1. All I Need, Radiohead
2. Ellie My Love, Southern All Star
3. Secret Heart, Feist
4. Finch, The Observatory
5. I Love You, Yutaka Ozaki
6. Be Joy, Guitar
7. 15 Step, Radiohead
8. Drifting In and Out, Porcelain Raft
9. Lotus Flower, Radiohead
10. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Ryuichi Sakamoto
11. Wine-Red no Kokoro, Anzen Chitai
12. くるみ (Kurumi), Mr Children

(Photos: Rebecca Toh)

Republished in partnership with Herman Miller Lifework. Originally posted by Amy Feezor.
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