BRAVE NEW CHAIR

Ming-Style is the most elegant style of the traditional furniture design. It is not only the ultimate expression of craft skills, but also the important traditional spirit. As the new generation designer, I wonder if I can develop the new expression of beauty that has almost vanished.

I combined the Ming-Style and Plywood simplified by weeding out superfluities, and tried to express the spirit of the new era. Design and production time is considerable long; sketches, discussion, experiment, the details of assembly take more than 5 months. No matter dyeing, painting, design, production and assembly are all new attempts.

the Traditional Architecture Symbol Renewal of China’s Ming-style chair shape, the traditional Ming-style furniture pays special attention to the relationship between proportion and form, discarding superfluous decoration. Ming Dynasty stressed the humanistic spirit and the concept of rational functions which are similar to those of Renaissance, confirming the trend of culture maturity and restrained. Chinese people emphasise the relationship between the upright body and the integrity of personality. Large hard sitting surface and the center back are signs of Ming-style chair, which enables the body to sit up straight without a wanton mind.

Plywood Beauty of cross-section & structure Even the crown think plywood is a cheap and ugly material. I would like to reverse the idea of the majority that plywood is a cheap and ugly material; thus I emphasise on the beauty of the structure and cross-section of plywood while modeling.

 I combine architecture vocabulary of both tiny and large wooden structures. Handrails and the hind legs of the vertical connection are mutually staggered, through vertical tenons and dislocation, implication of brackets is shown.

Plywood – Beauty of cross-section & structure. Even the crown think plywood is a cheap and ugly material. I would like to reverse the idea of the majority that plywood is a cheap and ugly material; thus I emphasise on the beauty of the structure and cross-section of plywood while modeling.

Plywood – The possibility of mass production – CNC It is highly possible to become a merchandise of mass production by CNC, with its uniqueness on production and forms. It not only saves production and technology costs, but can also be transported easily. One 240x120x1.8 cm plywood can produce four chairs. The plywood is 100% pure low-formaldehyde, which does not contain any metal or petrochemical polymer composition. Thus, it can be 100% crushed or recycled to reduce the logging of precious wood and save material costs. Besides, it also increases the possibility of mass production.

Soap has been widely used in Scandinavian furniture, but not often used in Chinese furniture. Traditional Chinese furniture, due to concerns of term, it is painted in order to extend the work life. I tried to coat the painting in a way which is different from traditional approach. In addition to wood texture by soap application, it is also a new attempt on Chinese furniture; the texture is beyond description.

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2 comments

  1. Robert William Wolff

    Bravo!!

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