Founded in 2018 by the husband and wife duo – Olivia Chen and Sam Wearne, Studio Chenchen exists to ignite conversation through thoughtful design.

The influence from both Eastern and Western cultures shapes our studio and is always seamlessly infused into our work. We operate with a cultural sensitivity that allows us to complete projects with intimate empathy and a unique flair – no matter the historiographical context of the client, and the work.

Our regular clients include small, medium and multinational companies from Australia, the U.S., Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan and our work involves collaboration from brand strategists, illustrators, interior designers, digital and media experts, and content creators in New York, Hong Kong, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Olivia Chen
Creative director

Olivia, formally trained through a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Pratt Institute in New York City, has collected a range of clients, meaningful recognition and influential collaborative partners throughout her professional journey across three continents.

Sam Wearne
Business director

Sam has spent a decade helping businesses and organisations develop impactful strategies on social and environmental issues. As an experienced project manager, he draws on strong business acumen as Studio Chenchen’s strategic sounding board, in-house copywriter, and business-hand behind the scenes.

To ignite conversation through 
thoughtful design.

Founded in 2018 by the husband and wife duo – Olivia Chen and Sam Wearne, Studio Chenchen exists to ignite conversation through thoughtful design.

Olivia, formally trained through a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Pratt Institute in New York City, has collected a range of clients, meaningful recognition and influential collaborative partners throughout her professional journey across three continents. 

Sam has spent a decade helping businesses and organisations develop impactful strategies on social and environmental issues. As an experienced project manager, he draws on strong business acumen as Studio Chenchen’s strategic sounding board, in-house copywriter, and business-hand behind the scenes.

The influence from both Eastern and Western cultures shapes our studio and is always seamlessly infused into our work. We operate with a cultural sensitivity that allows us to complete projects with intimate empathy and a unique flair – no matter the historiographical context of the client, and the work.

Our regular clients include small, medium and multinational companies from Australia, the U.S., Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan and our work involves collaboration from brand strategists, illustrators, interior designers, digital and media experts, and content creators in New York, Hong Kong, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Olivia Chen

Creative Director

Olivia, formally trained through a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Pratt Institute in New York City, has collected a range of clients, meaningful recognition and influential collaborative partners throughout her professional journey across three continents.

Sam Wearne

Business Director

Sam has spent a decade helping businesses and organisations develop impactful strategies on social and environmental issues. As an experienced project manager, he draws on strong business acumen as Studio Chenchen’s strategic sounding board, in-house copywriter, and business-hand behind the scenes.

Our philosophy

Studio Chenchen is a design-focused community of creatives, which is how we believe all creative exploration and application should operate.

We have learned that intimate relationships and global expertise fused with an open mind always leads to the most rewarding and effective creative products. We help our clients tell their stories and look good doing it, with a deeper meaning embedded to be discovered and communicated.
What we tell

Our clients

Our collaborators

Ourselves

The only thing scarier than a new idea is an old one
We will honour your vision, then double it (or halve it, if necessary.) Together, we create visual identities and immersive experiences that leave meaningful connections with customers, enabling you to differentiate your offering in a busy market.

Uncomfortable shoes are hard to wear, even if they're Prada
Design must feel good to look good. Our projects always dip beneath the beautiful to uncover and present unique storytelling shaped by a deeper meaning and empathetic connection.
Finding form and meaning is a pretzel twist; delicious
Design must feel good to look good. Our projects always dip beneath the beautiful to uncover and present unique storytelling shaped by a deeper meaning and empathetic connection.

Our approach

Studio Chenchen finds harmony between fluidity and reality. One half of our brain flows freely with a curious, agile approach to each subject, while the other commands rational, punctual thought. We constantly show up with imaginative work, on time; on your time.
Our 3 steps

1

We explore the context, demographic and history of your business or project. This is the part where we solidify your objectives and our goals.

2

We liaise and share concepts and examples with you; always as a team. The possibilities here are broad and exciting. This is the part everyone looks forward to.

3

We create integrated, consistent execution across a range of platforms based on the agreed concept and direction. This is the part where you reap the rewards.
What we want you to know

1

We are open-minded and agile-spirited. Good design takes curiosity and fluidity of thought. Come with us on the journey.

2

Feeling uncomfortable can be a positive. We encourage ourselves and our clients to break free from the comfort zone and get truly expressive with groundbreaking ideas.

3

Trust our vision. We’ve been around the world, and we will always push further. All successful brands begin with a fresh idea. Let’s create one, together.
We are open-minded and agile-spirited. Good design takes curiosity and fluidity of thought. Come with us on the journey.
Feeling uncomfortable can be a positive. We encourage ourselves and our clients to break free from the comfort zone and get truly expressive with groundbreaking ideas.
Trust our vision. We’ve been around the world, and we will always push further. All successful brands begin with a fresh idea. Let’s create one, together.

Awards & Recognition

AGDA
Merit for Identity: Small Business Branding Capricorn Film Festival

2018

AGDA
Merit for Identity: Small Business Branding and Merit for Design Craft: 3D Illustration – The Peers Project

2019

AGDA
Finalist for Print: Poster– Electronic Baby Gods

2019

AGDA
Finalist for Design Craft: Illustration–
Fashion X Art, City of Style, Tainan

2019

Speaking & Mentorship

Shillington 
education
Design lecturer
Open collab 
Melbourne
Mentor for 2020 workshop
AGDA victoria
student council
Speaker at First Five Out / Leap of Faith 2016

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