In 2007 Desmond Ip moved to China from Europe and wanted to bring his expertise in interior design, property development and photography to the Shanghai marketplace. With his good friend Alexander Skipwith, whose main base is in London, he looked for a location to set up Lifestyle serviced offices to attract creative and energetic companies into a fun and collaborative working environment with generous common spaces, kitchens, meeting rooms and spotlessly clean toilets!
After designing and constructing the office spaces on the 4th floor of the chosen location, the Lifestyle spaces were expanded to the third floor when the opportunity arose to acquire it
In the meantime Digital Media services from the European team headed up by Alexander Skipwith offered (and still do) everything from graphic design to website programming. The team expanded and includes Ana Sun, MD of Studio White Shanghai, who runs the Exhibitions and Events Management department. We offer a number of other services such as commercial photography, and now the newly opened Family Photography section with a focus on children and families, but with top European photographers and some creative flair not found in your average family photographers setup.
We are also launching the Studio White Art Photography Prints gallery soon for truly amazing limited edition art photos in various sizes and frame options.
Photography is everywhere around us from the moment you open you eyes to when you go to sleep at night. The camera is more like a tool to help you see in a 2D way, but when you understand the basics of what makes a good photo it’s best to put down the camera, open both eyes and open yourself and truly see, .. thats when you will find that great shot … where the soul resides.
Desmond was born in Hong Kong and educated in the UK. He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Photography and Interior Design. In the 1990’s Desmond was a fashion photographer shooting all the top models and worked for UK magazines including ID, 19, Hello, Just Seventeen. He went on to become a highly successful Interior Designer and property developer in London.
In 2007 Desmond moved to Shanghai and set up Studio White Shanghai in 2010.
Alexander studied Economics at the University of Kent and Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art and Kingston University. He started working with the internet from the first days of web, running his own company and later heading up Kapok.com as Design and Development Director. In 2006 he co-founded Feefo.com which is a successful international review platform and listed as the 55th fastest growing privately owned tech company in the UK in the 2016 Times Tech Track 100.
Heading up the Studio White Digital platform in Shanghai and London, he runs its European based teams.
Ana studied Tourism and Management at Kennedy University in Buenos Aires and then Administration and Business at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. She has a background in International Exhibition and Event Management with over ten years experience in this field, and she is recognised as one of the leaders in the sector.
Ana is fluent in English, Spanish and Chinese.
Daniel has lived in China since 2002 in several provinces and is a serial entrepreneur with strong corporate experience. He has worked with top worldwide brands in the; luxury, design, F&B, FMCG sectors.
He holds a Masters in International Management and has a passion for business development and branding.
He joined Studio White Group recently to help lead the growth