ABOUT US

Chaos Design Studio is a forward-thinking multi-disciplinary design practice that has earned great recognition for its unconventional design approach, thoughtful planning, creativity and meticulous detailing. Based in Penang, an island steeped in historical and cultural heritage, the firm draws inspiration from a melting pot of influences and design vocabulary – to create bespoke spaces that are beautiful, functional and relevant to today’s lifestyles.

 

Specialising in the design and build of commercial, residential and hospitality projects, we strive to deliver unique solutions for our clients through a collaborative approach that encourages our professional teams to contribute ideas, share knowledge and expertise, and innovate new ways to solve the challenges of the built environment.

Our Humble Beginning…

The story of Chaos Design Studio begins with Charles Khor and Serena Foo, two architecture and interior design enthusiasts who first gained international exposure whilst studying and working in Melbourne, Australia in 2008. Since then, they have worked on some of the most coveted projects in Penang with several established architecture and interior design firms locally as well as property developers across the country.

 

Driven by a passion for creating thoughtful designs with meticulous attention to detail, Chaos Design Studio has grown exponentially over the years. Today, the firm continues to provide integrated architectural and interior design services to various industries in the local and regional scene, creating functional and sustainable spaces that will stand the test of time.

Bespoke Design Specialists

At the helm of Chaos Design Studio is a dedicated and qualified professional team comprising Charles Khor, Serena Foo and Vivian Khor. Although small in size, the team exudes great ambitions when it comes to setting a benchmark in the design industry, often exploring new ways to bring a touch of ingenuity and unique personality to every project.

SERVICES

As a young and vibrant design studio, we have been able to complete some of the most coveted residential, commercial and retail projects in the local scene. From start to finish, we work as a team with our clients, involving them throughout the development process in order to create a defining place that meets their requirements and expectations.

Our Services

Architectural Design
Interior Design
Design and Build
Consultation

At Chaos, we treat every project of ours as an opportunity not only to create an unparalleled design, but also as a learning experience to solve problems, overcome challenges and offer our clients realistic and feasible solutions.

FAR FROM CHAOTIC…

our design process follows a systematic flow

01. Planning

The most crucial part of the whole process, here is where we work with the relevant parties – clients, consultants and builders – to gather information, analyse and identify potential issues and develop a feasible plan that works to our clients’ interest in every aspect possible.

02. Concept Development

Once the planning stage is finalised, our team endeavours to research, explore and imagine new concepts that are distinctive to each project. By presenting our ideas together with our philosophy, design statement and visualisation through 3D perspectives, we help our clients to better understand our design intention.

03. Design Development

Using the concept as the foundation of the design process, we will further develop the detailed drawings and documents in order to ensure that the conceptual idea is practical and feasible. Our great fascination with details has enabled us to elevate every project of ours into an unforgettable work of art.

04. Documentation

This design development process is followed by formal documentation, which covers the preparation of tender and construction drawings and documents. A positive collaboration with other consultants and contractors ensures the best possible results for our clients.

05. FF&E Selection

While concept and design is pivotal to the entire process, furniture selection, procurement and logistics matter just as much, too. Towards this end, we provide sourcing and procurement services both locally and internationally. For every project, the selection is specifically tailored to offer the best outcome.

06. Exterior Design

Our consultation service spans from concept and design development to tendering and construction, until the project is fully completed and handed over. Our passion for architectural design has driven us to deliver tailor-made designs that are unique for every project, including private residences, single building development, building façade design, alterations and ad-hoc projects.

 

07. Site Implementation

In order to achieve the best outcome for any project, we believe in cohesive management from conception to completion. Our constant monitoring and stringent quality control at our construction sites leads us to achieve results that our clients can see and feel.

 

Our Team

OUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

 

“OPPORTUNITIES amidst CHAOS”

Sun Tzu once said, “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”.

 

This saying runs parallel to our beliefs at Chaos. Here, we stand by this principle that no matter what challenges may come our way, we are more than prepared to embrace it wholeheartedly. Apart from our passion for designs that stimulate the intellect and the senses, our forte lies in solving problems and exploring new solutions. We always believe in the silver lining of every dark cloud and we know all too well that adversity and challenges enable us to learn, grow and ultimately, achieve great things.

SERENA
FOO

CO-FOUNDER

Serena completed her Bachelor of Science (Architecture) Studies at the University of Science Malaysia and went on to achieve her Masters of Architecture at University of Melbourne, graduating in 2012. She has gained two years of local experience in both architecture and interior design field before studying abroad. Co-founder Serena started Chaos Design Studio soon after graduating from Australia.

CHARLES
KHOR

CO-FOUNDER

Charles completed his Bachelor of Science (Architecture) Studies at the University of Science Malaysia and continue to achieve her Bachelor of Architecture at the same University, graduating in 2010. After graduating, he worked for two years in Melbourne to gained experience in both architecture and interior design field before back to Malaysia. Co-founder Charles joined Chaos Design Studio in 2016 after working at local architecture firm for 3 years and has been involve in many types of projects range from residential both individual and multi, through to commercial and mixed development.

VIVIAN
KHOR

ASSOCIATE INTERIOR DESIGNER

Vivian graduated from Equator Academy of Art in Penang in 2011 with Diploma of Interior Design. She has gained 3 years of experience at local interior design firms before joining Chaos Design Studio which involve in various type of projects ranging from residential and commercial. Currently she position of Associate Interior Designer and lead for some of the major projects in the studio.

AWARDS

PLATIMUN, A’DESIGN AWARD 2019

A’Interior Space And Exhibition Design Award
Quaint & Quirky Dessert House 

Bronze, INTERIOR DESIGN CONFEDERATION SINGAPORE  2018/2019 (IDCS)

Best F&B Design | 2001 – 5000 sqf
Bird Nest Secret Dessert House

Gold Award, REKA INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD 2018 (RIDA)

Food & Beverage (Restaurant & Bars) Category
Bird Nest Secret Dessert House

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN, 2018 DOTY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Commercial Category
Spread Enterprise Office

Bronze Award, REKA INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD 2018 (RIDA)

Retail Category
Bebebutterfly Boutique Store

SHORLISTED, REKA INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD 2018 (RIDA)

Corporate Offices Category
Spread Enterprise Office

SHORTLISTED, REKA INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD 2018 (RIDA)

Residential (Apartment and Condominium) Category
“Nordisk Hygge” Condominium