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From the Desk of…

May 27th, 2009 | Categories: From the Desk of... | by Michael Williams

From the Desk of… is a window into the world and workspace of some of ACL’s most stylish friends.

I remember not knowing what to expect the first time I met Richard Chai. Going into the meeting I had no reason to think anything bad, but with designers you never know. That was way back in 2005, and while I sit here now I can’t think of a nicer designer, let alone person than Richard. Soft spoken and and almost shy, Richard was one of the first people I asked for my From the Desk of… series. Crickets. Eventually with a little help from Molly at KCD, Richard agreed to let ACL into his office.


If you are thinking that no one’s workspace is ever this clean, I can assure you that Richard’s studio is always very tidy. Everything in its place, all white binders neatly arranged with printed labels marking the contents. I liken it to places like Calvin Klein where there is always an abundance of beautiful orchids and the walls are painted white every Friday without fail. Take a moment and peek into Richard’s neat and creative space. The Richard Chai collection is available at Odin.

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Comments: 20

20 Comments to “From the Desk of…”

  1. EmmaMD
    on May 27th, 2009
    @ 9:35 AM

    “…places like Calvin Klein where there is always an abundance of beautiful orchids and the walls are painted white every Friday without fail”

    Is this true?

  2. Cory
    on May 27th, 2009
    @ 9:55 AM

    Nicely done sir. Dig the Eames chair …

  3. PlayneJayne
    on May 27th, 2009
    @ 9:56 AM

    Incredible! I look forward to seeing where this series will take us!

    Great start with Richard!

  4. brandon sargent
    on May 27th, 2009
    @ 10:38 AM

    i really love his table/desk- any idea where its from?

  5. Peter
    on May 27th, 2009
    @ 11:10 AM

    Beautiful, simple, clean and utilitarian… My dream office!

  6. Steve
    on May 27th, 2009
    @ 12:35 PM

    ‘From the desk of’ has always been one of my favourite features on ACL and Richard’s work space is just perfect but these shots remind me that I must tidy my desk…mañana…

  7. Siong Chin
    on May 27th, 2009
    @ 1:02 PM

    Golly neatness! I may have more things on my desk than he does in his entire office! Even his books are stacked/positioned artfully…

  8. Memo
    on May 27th, 2009
    @ 1:32 PM

    Chair color is nice. I searched for one like this but had to settle on black.

  9. blazerandshades
    on May 27th, 2009
    @ 1:57 PM

    Talk about a clean workspace, thanks for the “get” and sharing!

  10. basho
    on May 27th, 2009
    @ 5:59 PM

    Did they ever make an adjustable height Eames chair like this? Or is this a DIY Frankenstein, bolting a shell to an office chair base? Pretty brilliant idea, if it’s DIY.

  11. Jack Archer
    on May 28th, 2009
    @ 12:44 AM

    Would love to know where I could get a desk and chair like that.

  12. viv
    on May 28th, 2009
    @ 2:33 PM

    i’m also interested in getting that eames chair! so much cooler than the normal ones that are non-adjustable. anybody have any ideas?

  13. Michael Williams
    on Jun 1st, 2009
    @ 1:04 AM




  14. raquel raney
    on Jun 1st, 2009
    @ 4:22 PM

    i love office decor / work space.

  15. Mike
    on Jun 1st, 2009
    @ 6:54 PM

    Friends, the Eames shell chair with roller base can be purchased from Modernica in Los Angeles:

  16. Wax
    on Jun 2nd, 2009
    @ 5:37 AM

    omg. he has an amazing office! i died.

  17. designerman
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 3:41 AM

    i did a sketch of richard a while ago and we finally met last night (and ran into each other again tonight!).

    what an incredibly sweet, gracious guy. love seeing his set up here…

  18. bloomacious
    on Jun 9th, 2009
    @ 12:11 PM

    this is super fab – love it!!

  19. steve
    on Jul 1st, 2009
    @ 12:44 AM

    i must say i love the use of industrial shelving. but can not find anything that isn’t incredibly deep, id love to know – if possible – the dimensions of those units. great work, very inspiring in my book!

  20. james c.
    on Aug 2nd, 2009
    @ 7:44 PM

    Wow this is nice.

    Does anyone know where those tape dispensers are from?