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Sustainability Retreat

Monday, April 23, 2018

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Robarts Spaces held a companywide Creative Studio Sustainability Retreat in Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang province this month. Employees gathered from our offices and studios Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha, Chongqing, London, Perth and Seattle for focused learning and sharing on sustainability, and to consult and develop ways to implement these methods into our company practices. Along with these inspiring conversations, we were immersed in the beauty of nature with a challenging and invigorating mountain hike, a tour around the lake, and the planting of a small orchard of trees as part of our commitment to a more sustainable future. 

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Our Monday Breakfast

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

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This is one of our regular Monday breakfasts prepared by colleagues. It’s never the same. We start our week with laughter, delicious food and creative sharing in Robarts Spaces.

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2018 Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year Greetings from Robarts Spaces

Thursday, February 01, 2018

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2018 Chinese New Year

We wish you, your families and colleagues,
a happy and prosperous Year of the Dog.
– From all of us at Robarts Spaces

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Communication

Communication Skill Workshop

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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Communication

Robarts Spaces held a dynamic communication workshop in December. Our colleagues enthusiastically participated in its role play and discussions. Mankind is one and we are closely linked with each other. Through communication, we are able to understand and find that connection, to reach and trust, to collaborate and create.

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A Celebration of Design: Past, Present and Future

Monday, November 20, 2017

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On November 7, 2017, we continued our 20-year anniversary celebration in our Shanghai office. Robarts Spaces founder Adam Robarts shared the story behind  company’s Chinese name"一工", it was inspired by a story from ZhuangZi.

A craftsman designed a musical instrument from wood and presented it to the king. The beauty of the instrument illumined the entire court and everyone marvelled at such a masterpiece. The king, therefore, called the craftsman ZiQing and asked him,

“How did you create such an amazing piece of work?”
 
“My Lord,” ZiQing answered, “I am a humble craftsman and do not have any complicated methods. Before I started, I made my ablutions and gave time for meditation. I began with a tranquil and focused mind. By the third day, I detached myself from the thought of the material benefits this assignment would bring me. By the fifth day, I let go of how much fame this assignment would bring me. By the seventh day, I completely let go of my ego. I walked into the woods and this piece appeared right before my eyes. It was not me who made this; the greatness of the universe created this instrument through my hands.”

The spirit of the craftsman is the spirit we have tried to inculcate and nurture in Robarts Spaces right from our establishment. Our company was thus named “一工”. This simplest and most humble "一" represents persistence, focus and continuity of these qualities which unite us all.

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