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