There is so much to learn in the extraordinary conferences at Maison et Objet 2019 about art and design, its evolution and transformation all around the globe.
In this new age of constant and instantaneous global connection and interaction, aesthetics from different cultures gradually converge to create something never seen before. Even in the design industry we can see the influence of robots and artificial intelligence. How can designers express themselves and seek their identity in this constant revolution of technology and thinking? Some Chinese rising stars found their own particular answer to this challenge. Don’t miss the chance to hear them at Maison et Objet.
Frank Chou grew up in China’s capital city and saw first-hand the dynamic changes that invaded his hometown over the past few decades. After graduating from Beijing Forest University, where he majored in Materials Science and Engineering, with a focus on wood science and technology, he travelled between China and Europe, accumulating international industry experience in furniture design, engineering and trade work.
In 2012 he created Frank Chou Design Studio, where he produces elegant, long-lasting, functional art pieces which represent contemporary Chinese thinking, yet finely balance the needs of modern Oriental and future Oriental lifestyles. Frank has attracted worldwide attention through exhibitions at international design shows and collaborating with global brands, both as a designer and strategic consultant.
On the other hand, Chen Furong, founder of lighting, furniture and accessories brand WUU, designs timeless, research driven exclusive collections which blend handcrafted techniques with a modernist vision. Born in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, he studied at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, majoring in Integrated Design. After graduation in 2012, he travelled with some friends more than 10,000 kilometres across China in a van, interviewing local creatives for an exhibition called Metaphysics. This led to his decision to embrace design as a lifelong career.
Furong founded his Xiamen-based studio in 2014 and later that year participated in Homeland magazine’s Artisanship Revival program, where he worked closely with local craft artists in Fuzhou, combining technology with traditional crafts.
Finally, furniture, product and industrial designer Mario Tsai prefers to “use less, design better”. After graduating from Beijing Forest University where he majored in Furniture Design and Manufacturing, Mario travelled around China and Nepal to experience different lifestyles. He moved to Hangzhou in 2013 where he opened a shop with his younger brother, and in 2014 set up the Mario Tsai Studio. He is working with clients from China and Europe since and participated in furniture fairs globally.
Stay with us to find out more about this new generation of Chinese designers and artists that is ready to change the standarts of its creative field.
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