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

A mix of cultural influences shapes us, and our studio. This enables us to chart diverse and expressive pathways in branding and design. No matter the context of the client, or the work they need doing, there is a unique story that is waiting to be told. We’ll combine creativity, strategy, and social sensitivity to uncover your story, precipitate your brand, and get you looking amazing.

Our regular clients include a diverse group of small businesses, start-ups, cultural institutions, and large corporates spread across Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Olivia Chen
Creative director

Olivia is the soul of Studio Chenchen. Formally trained through a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute in New York City, Olivia has collected clients, design awards, and influential creative partners from a professional journey that spans three continents.

Sam Wearne
Business director

Sam is Studio Chenchen’s strategic sounding board, in-house copywriter, and business-hand behind the scenes. He has spent a decade helping businesses and organisations develop impactful strategies on social and environmental issues. He draws on strong business acumen, consulting skills and a penchant for telling stories.

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

We have learned that close relationships, curated expertise, and open minds create the most rewarding and effective outcomes.

To ensure we have the best solution possible, we tailor project-specific collaborations with specialist illustrators, interior designers, digital and media experts, and content creators from all across the world.

Our ambition is to help our clients to tell their best stories and look good while doing it. This leads to design with twists of depth and meaning that sit just beneath the surface.
What we tell

Our clients

Our collaborators

Ourselves

THE ONLY THING SCARIER THAN A NEW IDEA, IS AN OLD ONE.
Our ambition is to uncover a unique, interesting identity at the core of your business or project. We’ll work with you to create visual identities and immersive experiences that honour your vision and leave meaningful connections with customers, so you can differentiate your offering and cut through the noise.
WE’RE WITH YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE BRILLIANT. SHOW US WHAT YOU’VE GOT.
Design must fit well and look good. Our projects always dip beneath the beautiful to uncover and present unique storytelling shaped by deeper empathy, meaning, and context. We tailor every collaboration to bring the best possible solution to our clients. You’re here to elevate authenticity and work with us our partner. Surprise, delight, and entice us.
PAIRING FORM WITH MEANING IS A PRETZEL TWIST; DELICIOUS.
There is no greater feeling than solving a puzzle, and we love solving them in simple and stunning ways. We always start by building an intimate and trusting relationship with our clients. We back our own expertise and we continually push the bar higher than what’s expected.

Our approach

Studio Chenchen finds harmony between boundless ingenuity and practical solutions. One half of our brain flows freely with a curious, agile approach, while the other commands rational, punctual thought.

We’re here to constantly show up with imaginative work, on your time, and to guide you through the journey.
Our three-step process:

1

We explore the context, customer demographic and history of your business or project. This part helps us understand your background and objectives to define a strategic scope.

2

We’ll explore and present concepts that bring to life and elevate the soul of your business or project. We’ll do this as a team. The possibilities here are broad and exciting. It’s the part everyone looks forward to.

3

We’ll translate the leading concept into an integrated, consistent package and apply it across a range of platforms that fit your needs. This is the part where you reap the rewards.

How we’ll work together:

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 ground-breaking ideas.
Trust our vision and let us be your guide. All successful brands begin with a fresh idea and by working with us you will be pushed further than you could reach alone. Let’s create some magic, together.

Awards & Recognition

AGDA AWARDS
Merit for Identity: Small Business Branding 
Capricorn Film Festival

2018

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

2019

AGDA AWARDS
Finalist for Print: Poster
Electronic Baby Gods

2019

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

2019

AGDA AWARDS
Finalist for Small Business Branding
EveryHuman

2020

BEST DESIGN AWARDS
Finalist for Small Brand Identity
Chattii

2021

Speaking & Mentorship

the design conference 2021
Keynote Speaker
The design kids sydney
Speaker for TDK Tuesday May 2021
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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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land where we live and work, the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, and we pay our respect to their Elders, past and present.
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