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Belle Techaarpornkul

Plissé draws its inspiration from fashion. The wool felt upholstery is folded into crisply tailored pleats to create a romantic and formal chair.

Belle TechaarpornkulBelle Techaarpornkul was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, and also lived in Singapore and Taiwan before moving to Los Angeles to study interior design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. After achieving her associate’s degree she wanted to gain a deeper understanding of spatial design and enrolled in the Environmental Design program at Art Center College of Design.

Belle believes the designer’s path is an endless loop in the pursuit of passion, aesthetics and function. With a focus on hospitality, furniture and exhibition design, she combines a sophisticated design aesthetic with the practical concerns of the human sensorial experience.

Joseph Kan (Product Design)

Ariel is a lounge chair inspired by the classic fixed-gear bicycle. The handcrafted, powder-coated steel frame and leather upholstery combined with its clean geometric lines give the Ariel a relaxed, street-wise vibe.

Joseph KanJoseph Kan’s cheerful personality and disposition is revealed in all aspects of his work. He approaches problem-solving by diving in without blinders and attempting to think as broadly as possible. Narrative also plays a strong role in his design process. He is often inspired by events and elements from his own upbringing and culture to inform his work.

 

 

Hyein Jwa (Product Design)

The cord is a modern symbol of communication and technology. A study in reductive functionalism, Hang embraces both contradiction and connection. The adjustable table hides both a light and a charging station, but makes no attempt to conceal its own cords or the cords of the devices connected to it.

Hyein JwaHyein Jwa is a designer who designs based on people’s needs. Her designs exude playful characteristics and charisma. Jwa was first introduced to design when she was in middle school. She encountered paper art and realized how things are transformed from raw material into art pieces. She saw how small art pieces could come together to change the whole mood of a room. These experiences served as a catalyst for her interest in industrial design and she began her product design studies at Art Center College of Design in 2012. It was during her time there that she began to develop her craft in furniture design, wanting to influence the way even small pieces of furniture have the power to change an entire space.

India Hillis (Product Design)

The Sarac chair is named after a Serbian mythological horse that lived for 160 years. Much like the anatomy of a horse, the chair is made up of a skeletal frame wrapped in hide. The form and the treatment of the material are inspired by the tradition and craftsmanship of equestrian saddles.

India HillisIndia Hillis was raised in Los Angeles and moved to England to study Communications Design at Central Saint Martins. She left London for Pasadena to pursue her degree in Product Design at Art Center College of Design. There, India also studies within the Environmental Design department to indulge in her love of furniture.

India is interested in the intersection of art, product development, craft, engineering and storytelling. As a designer, she immerses herself in a range of interests and enjoys collaborating with individuals from diverse professional backgrounds. India is particularly interested in designing furniture and lifestyle goods with the hope of satisfying and surprising end users.

Connie Chuy

The Aerie lounge nest was designed to envelop the user in comfort, warmth and a quiet respite from the outside world. Upholstered in soft wool felt, the low profile invites you to recline in relaxed luxury.

Connie ChuyConnie Chuy was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Nice lighting makes her happy. As a designer, she is inspired by site-specificity and the moments that exist in the space between breaths.

 

 

 

Huiling (Taylor) Cheng

Tui transforms the traditional Chinese chair by infusing it with elements of modern Western design. The chair is made entirely of walnut, accentuating the natural beauty of the wood’s grain and color. The singular material pays homage to the long and rich history of Chinese craftsmanship, while the simple form references contemporary Western form language. The two cultures blend together to create a dignified form that welcomes the user with its warm elegance and beauty.

Taylor ChengTaylor Cheng was born in Taiwan and raised in Guangzhou, China. At age 16, she left Asia to move to Los Angeles, where she gained a broader understanding and appreciation of both Eastern and Western cultures. This cultural immersion has had a significant influence on her personality, lifestyle and design philosophy.

Taylor is passionate about hospitality and branding design. During her studies in the Environmental Design Department at Art Center, she learned the importance of catering to the end user, as well as to the client. Her design process starts by developing a narrative to forge a connection between design and people, infusing the work with a sensitivity to the human experience.

Xiaoyu (Sean) Chen

The design concept behind Prototype is the use of form-finding software to create the illusion that the work is floating in space. Strong, triangular windows pierce through metal to form a fluid, draping silhouette, while the glass top gives the appearance of elegant fragility.

Sean ChenSean Chen is a designer interested in all aspects of experiential design. Raised in Wuhan, China, his natural curiosity has allowed him to look keenly at objects and see hidden opportunities to create exceptional and breathtaking environments. His passion for design is conveyed in every detail of his work; from grand, spatial environments to the subtle, precise edge of a table. His ultimate goal reaches beyond just making a good chair or table, to designing products that people didn’t even realize they wanted until it was created.

 

CONTINUUM

Connie Bakshi (Art Center, Environmental Design), and Kouichi Miyazaki (Tama)

Inspired by invisible depths of both light and shadow in urushi, the Continuum family of luminaires is a meditation on the seamless relationship between light and shadow.

The Breathe wall lamp is an exploration of the dual nature of Japanese urushi and its ability to create both light and shadow, which appear as perfect mirror images of one another in the luminaire. Well-suited for residential and hospitality entryways, Breathe seems to respond with a comforting “Okaerinasai” (Welcome home) to your “Tadaima” (I’m home).

Connie BakshiConnie Bakshi is a designer whose projects have taken her to New York, Bogota, and most recently, Tokyo. At its core, her work seeks to connect with people at a human level. Bakshi believes that design is about telling a good story that provokes people to rethink or reframe their perspective. Bakshi creates experiences as a multidimensional form of storytelling and playfully integrates emotional desires, cultural values and social innovation. Her work has received international honors and recognition through venues such as the Red Dot Awards, the IDSA IDEA Awards, the International Takifuji Arts Award, and the AIA 1:2 Competition.

Kouichi MiyazakiKouichi Miyazaki is a student majoring in Product Design at Tama Art University, Tokyo.

 

 

 

 

LIVING LIGHT

Marie Stargala (Art Center, Environmental Design), Devin Montes (Art Center, Product Design), and Lei Takeuchi (Tama)

The Living Light family of luminaires reflects on the ephemeral and imperfect nature of all living things and allows the innate qualities of glass to come to light. The Branching Light embraces the unique, uncontrollable elements that come out of craft, supported by the controlled systems that design offers. The light shines through the textured hand-blown glass and projects onto the wall and table.

Marie StargalaMarie Stargala is a mix of cultures. She was born in Aachen, Germany, and moved to the United States at the age of 9. Once in the U.S., she moved from Durham, North Carolina, to Miami, Florida, and then to Los Angeles, California, which gave her a range of cultural perspectives. While attending Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) in Miami, she fell in love with exploring mixed media, using a wide range of materials in her paintings, graphic design, photography and fine art. After DASH, she entered Art Center College of Design to study Graphic Design, later switching majors to Environmental Design in order to further challenge herself in unfamiliar areas. Her interest in explorative materials and her passion for conceptual design and art is ever-growing as she strives to tell stories in the three-dimensional realm that will bring a new perspective to her audience.

Jiang plans to continue her studies in design and to complete her master’s degree in the near future. She ultimately hopes to launch her own design studio.

Devin MontesDevin Montes, a first-generation American with German and Peruvian heritage, was born in Southern California in 1991. His multicultural background and early passion for art and invention led to a curious perspective on the world around him. Montes thrives on creative expression in all fields, including design, art, music, film, photography and beyond. Currently, he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Product Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with the aim of bringing fun and functional products to the world.

 

Lei TakeuchiLei Takeuchi was born in Japan and lived most of her life in Osaka and Tokyo.  At 16, she went to New Zealand for a year, where she was inspired by the stunning landscape, particularly the sunset and sea. This new environment opened her eyes to the grandness of nature and how small human beings are in comparison.

Takeuchi graduated from Kansai Gaidai University and went on to major in glass at Tama Art University. She is fascinated with the material qualities of glass. It is ephemeral and splendid and touches our hearts.  Her ultimate goal in design is to create works that the viewer can’t ignore.

TWO TONE

Rita Jiang (Art Center, Environmental Design) and Cordelia Brewster (Tama)

Embracing duality, washi paper lighting integrates traditional Japanese craft and digital technology in unexpected ways, elevating the value of both. Inspired by traditional Zen rock gardens, the Karetaki wall and pendant lights lend a sense of refreshment to contemporary environments. As viewers pass by, these interactive lights illuminate to reveal glowing patterns created by sumi ink applied on top of special sumi resist painting.

Rita JiangRita Jiang is a multidisciplinary designer, with a passion for both spaces and furniture. Her work is playfully bold and elegant, yet detailed and function-oriented. She loves to travel and finds it inspiring for her design. She has been to more than 25 countries and has a great appreciation for the various cultures she has experienced.

Jiang was born and raised in Shanghai, China. At 15, she came to North America by herself, full of dreams. She attended high school in Victoria, Canada, and later moved to the United States to pursue her bachelor’s degree at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. There, she worked with clients such as Boeing and Teague to propose the 777 Boeing aircraft interior for 2020. She has won several awards, including the ICFF Studio award sponsored by Bernhardt Design.

Jiang plans to continue her studies in design and to complete her master’s degree in the near future.  She ultimately hopes to launch her own design studio.

Cordelia BrewsterCordelia Brewster is a recent graduate in traditional Japanese Painting at Tama Art University, Tokyo.