WHAT? Three Keys is a hub for makers of all kinds, from woodworkers to fashion designers to illustrators. Its 3,000-square-foot space offers a place for people to bring their ideas to life.
WHO? Founder Rocky Yip was born in Hong Kong, raised in Toronto and studied product design at Central Saint Martins in London. He returned to his hometown in 2010 and worked for a local artist. “I started as an assistant, stretching canvases until my hands bled!” he recalls. “But that evolved to designing things for exhibitions and producing art exhibitions abroad.” Yip went on to launch his own company, Entendre Studios, providing graphic design and visual identity services.
WHY? “Three Keys is a kind of solution to the struggles we encountered starting our design studio, when we worked out of coffee shops and our apartments and eventually converted a small space in Kwun Tong into a workshop,” explains Yip. The team did everything by hand, and found others were facing the same problems as the studio evolved to focus on handcrafted work. “We wanted to create a space where people can come to hone their skills, share them and learn other skills.”
HOW? The expansive space comprises an open studio, a wood and metal workshop, and a textiles lab. Members can work on their own projects, collaborate with other makers, and receive help from staff, technicians and Three Keys’ network of artists, experts and suppliers.
WHAT TO EXPECT There are four membership options, ranging from a day pass to a dedicated desk. Each option allows full access to the co-working, textiles and workshop spaces, as well as free Internet, printing, and tea and coffee. The open studio is lined with drafting tables, while the wood and metal workshop is stocked with machinery and hand tools. Aspiring fashion designers can sketch and stitch designs to their hearts’ content in the textiles lab, which offers sewing machines and the help of an in-house fashion designer.
WHAT ELSE? Three Keys’ fabrication team can commission pieces for various projects. Yip and his team are also dedicated to bringing creatives together by facilitating collaborations between members and their vast network for campaigns, events or even custom art pieces. At the end of last month, Three Keys launched workshops and classes focusing on skills such as woodworking and calligraphy.
WHERE? 907 Paramount Building, 12 Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan; tel: 2682 8102. See threekeyshk.com