This is a small installation using the princple of domino. To imitate the feeling of cherry blossom, I chose light weight paper as the material to slow down the movement, then twice the weight in the upper part, so they flip over slowly like cherry petals fall down from the tree.
¦ 2011; Paper; Providence, RI
¦ Dimensions: 3″ × 2.5″ × 1″
This chair was started with two words: Plastic & Easy. The sitting surface is lasers cut out from a polypropylene sheet by six simple cutting lines, and then simply use two zip-tie to make it curved and keep the shape. I design a steel leg base for the seating surface but it can fits in many kind of chair base, so this piece could be extremely easy on manufacturing processes.
This is a dining chair, the material is 1/8″ thickness polypropylene and the way that it curved creates its flexibility. Also the chair won’t gather any water on the seating surface so it could be outside furniture for restaurant or cafe as well.
¦ 2012; Polypropylene, steel; Providence, RI
¦ Dimensions: 36″ × 26″ × 26″
This is an experimental design on leather. I laser cut 1/8″ thickness aluminum piece as the structure part of the folding stool and use leather as both the hinge and the cover.
¦ 2011; Leather, Aluminum; Providence, RI
¦ Dimensions: 15″ × 13″ × 15″
A bench design for RISD museum’s greek gallery. I was inspired by the classical sculpture, but I want to finish it in an artistic way: design an unique bench just for this certain place, at the mean time, it is an installation, an experience, an art work. Have you ever sit on a statue’s knee in a museum?
¦ 2011; Fabric, Epoxy, Fiber Glass; Providence, RI
¦ Dimensions: 48″ × 40″ × 22″
This low chair was designed for library, the colors may vary to fit the different interior atmosphere. The concept is playing with the original element of a book – pages, layers and the action of ‘open’. Chen played with the scale of the book and cut the pages to create positive and negative shape in two sides to fit the body. In terms of material, she chose yoga mat as a prototype, felt would be another choice in this case.
¦ 2012; Yoga mat, Aluminium; Providence, RI
¦ Dimensions: 26″ × 26″ × 5.5″
This is a system using found objects: a broken chair and foam tapes. After revised the chair I set on it with my closed eyes, just depends on the feeling from my back to decide where to put those foam tapes. This is an embodied design process that could be used in any chair — make your own shape.
¦ 2012; Foam tape, wood; Providence, RI
¦ Dimensions: 38″ × 18″ × 20″
Intended for holding dried flowers, these vases are designed to evoke their simplest forms – playing with negative space and the notion of vases as containers. What remain are outlined suggestions of a vase, which serves to support and uphold the dried flowers within. Empty in visual but practical to use.
¦ 2011; Ceramic; Providence, RI
¦ Dimensions: 7″ × 4″ × 2.5″
This is a set of paper tea light designed for meditation time. Paper is a good choice to create a peaceful atmosphere beacuse its own natural feeling. These tea lights are pre-cut on unfolded paper in different patterns so people can interact with it to create the aura of their own art.
¦ 2011; Paper; Providence, USA.
¦ Dimensions: 6″ × 2.5″ × 2.5″
This seris is designed for temporary rest in public (stations, phone booth, etc). People who sitting on the ground are likely to feel unsafe because of the lower sight line, so lying on something would be a good choice. Also evoke the simplest forms of chair using the features of rattan is a way to reuse the free space.
¦ 2009; Rattan; Beijing, China.
¦ Dimensions: 48″ × 18″ × 10″