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CHAN + EAYRS
Chan + Eayrs (formally Atelier ChanChan) has evolved from an architecture practice to an ARTFUL PROPERTY DEVELOPER of Unique Homes.
Discover the new brand and their personal approach to the creation of their homes.
HOW IT STARTED
As designers looking for our own home in London, we wanted something different and special for the one place we would spend most of our life in. We scoured our city, finding many options from Victorian and Georgian Terraces to blocks of modern flats, yet everything felt a bit generic and ordinary.
When Zoe found a dilapidated and derelict site in Dalston and transformed it into the unique home we now live in (The Herringbone House), it changed the way we worked forever. From that point therein, we have transitioned from practicing as a traditional Architecture Practice (Atelier ChanChan), to an Artful Developer, acquiring sites as blank canvasses to create one-off homes.
CHAN AND EAYRS TODAY
As Londoners, we search the corners of our city to find and acquire the most interesting sites for our projects, and as trained Architects, we know the value of design in the creation of our homes.
We believe that simple things like the natural light that fills a space and awakens your spirits, to the sensation of cool stone under your fingertips, or a glimpse of a framed tree through a window, enriches our lives in a way that is priceless. Our designs shape not only a beautiful home but a beautiful experience that can be felt everyday.
Our founders, Zoe Chan and Merlin Eayrs, have a wealth of experience from Property and Land Investment, to Interior Design and Architecture.
Spurred on by a belief in the home as an all important backdrop to everyone's day-to-day life, and uninspired by the design quality and diversity of the housing options available in London, Chan + Eayrs was set up to create a new breed of homes with unique and signature Architecture and Interior Design, good investment potential and set within the most emerging areas of London.
Zoe Chan, born in 1985 in London, is a graduate from Cambridge University and The Architectural Association (AA). She has won several prizes relating to her Architectural Studies including: graduating summa cum laude (Architecture, Cambridge University) , the George Ryands Prize (best undergraduate by subject) and The RIBA East Prize.
In 2007, she worked at Atmos Architects and also briefly worked in Investment banking at Goldman Sachs before returning to complete her Architectural Studies at the AA. This reflected the interest she always had for both design and investment, and throughout the second phase of her studies, she acquired several derelict sites, both as an investment and as future design projects in waiting.
In 2009, Zoe completed the AA and founded Atelier ChanChan. Her first temporary projects included Ridleys temporary restaurant, Urban Fog Teahouse and The Trace Room installation at The Victoria and Albert Museum. These were widely acclaimed and featured in press from The New York Times, to the Evening Standard amongst other press and design magazines.
From 2010 -2014 she worked on several projects for external clients in conjunction with work on her sites, including The Herringbone House, which was transformed from a derelict squat to a her own bespoke home. It has since been widely featured in Wallpaper Magazine, Mark Magazine, Fin Magazine, Dezeen, Hauser, Archdaily amongst other magazines and blogs.
Having discovered the creative freedom and joy of working on a home from raw site to finished creation, she then serendipitously met Merlin Eayrs, a perfect design, business and life partner and they joined forces in 2014. Since, they have organically transitioned from working as a traditional Architectural Practice to an artful property developer, and Chan and Eayrs was born.
Merlin Eayrs, born in 1982 in Cambridge, is a graduate from Cambridge Arts and Theatre School, Inchbald Interior Design School and The Architectural Association (AA).
From 2011-2013 he has worked as a designer at DRMM architects, taught as a studio master at The Architectural Association (with David Greene and Samantha Hardingham) taught at Oxford Brookes University, and worked alongside Liam Young's Unknown Fields Division in he summer of 2012, on an expedition to the end of the earth to explore peripheral landscapes, industrial ecologies and precious wilderness.
In 2012 Merlin was selected with DRMM to represent the British Pavilion at The Venice Biennale.
In 2013, Merlin changed his course to become partner at Play Associates alongside Rory Macpherson. Taking the lead on a mews house project in Lancaster Gate, owned by Rory, he gained great satisfaction having complete creative freedom to develop a home from scratch.
Then in 2014, when Merlin met Zoe, they had a lightbulb moment to combine forces to create a design and development duo that is Chan and Eayrs today.