It was Friday the 13th. I don’t think we actually planned it that way, but being the rebellious quirky bunch of designers that we are, it was little wonder that we made it our moving day. From Friday the 13th onward, ASUS Design Center Shanghai has a permanent home at 1933 Shanghai, one of China’s most prominent creative parks.
The search of a suitable office has been long and tedious, made more difficult by China’s property ownership rights. But we are finally here. We have a home now. We are planting our roots in the soil of Shanghai. Roots that will soon grow and extend to every nook and corner of the Middle Kingdom.
So bye-bye, work from home days. I’ve kinda missed coming to the office and being in the company of explosive creativity. It’s been lonely these 6 months. I’ve come to hate talking to myself, left brain debating with right brain, right limbs fighting with left ventricle.
Yesterday, the guys moved from their temporary workstations at our sales office in Minhang Development Zone in southern Shanghai. At the new office, everyone worked at moving heavy furniture from level two where they were temporarily stored while renovations went on on the first level. After that, we were all about undressing chairs and unpacking boxes, while our (cute) IT colleague came to set up the server and put us back online. Slowly, the office came into being, and it was laughter and excitement all around.
A neighborhood steeped in history with interesting architecture and local lifestyle, which has not changed in decades, throws one back into the heyday of old Shanghai. The vicinity of 1933 Shanghai is a big draw to the international art and design community, tourists and big brands, all seeking to romance Shanghai in their own ways.
We left after 8 pm, and after the Cartier VIPs had arrived and the crowd dispersed. A deep sense of tranquility washed over us. We could finally start working from the same location as a team on Monday. YEAH!