2014 NEWS -Education-

Design Theory - Anthropology of Use, 2014

Ingredients: Design History, Fascination, reSearch (digging of information), Imagination, Links-making, Reflection from the Past to the Present

From April to June I will be co-teaching with Liesbeth Fit at KABK (Royal Academy of Art, The Hague) . A quarter long class for Year 2 students from Interior Architecture & Furniture Design department. More details will follow soon!




From This to These-Progressive Copying, 2011

An imaginary story of a picnic scene.




Photo: Design Academy Eindhoven, NL
From This to These 'Objects', 2011




Sketches made with scrap tiles

Façade Cladding System - Royal Tichelaar Makkum, 2014

In the past decade, the oldest Dutch ceramics manufacturing company Royal Tichelaar Makkum has gradually shifted its company focus from traditional decorative earthenware and tiles production towards large scale bespoke architectural projects - Since 2011, Tichelaar has engaged in developing an expanding range of its own ceramic products for building industry, particularly for façade cladding and interior applications. I was responsible for coming up textural ideas and preliminary methods for production.

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Bruno Munari's Useless Machines & Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style

Inspired by Bruno Munari, 2013

Project titled «From This to These» has been taken to a second phase. Invited by the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK), I hosted a one-day workshop together with Liesbeth Fit to the First Year students of Interior Architecture/ Furniture design students, reinterpreting a geometric painting «On White II, 1923» by Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, into suggestive objects/spaces.




Logos of "Atelier Yea-Yea"

Exercises in Style, 2013

Inspired by Raymond Queneau's «Exercises in Style», this series of logos for my atelier Atelier Yea-Yea were sketched out in metaphors, suggesting different scenarios, moods and styles.

HOOK: Design as Art, Bruno Munari




Around a Tree, 2010

A piece of crochet lays and marks a space.

I crochet around a tree,
such space under a tree is created.



From This to These-Progressive Copying, 2011

An image of an object when shown without a context (background) leaves room for imagination.

In a Japanese book on Ceramics I encountered an ancient Buddhist drum body, as I look at it longer and longer, the unknown details from the very image led me to a lot of possible guessings.

This image has drawn me to a journey of reinterpreations - Progressive Copying.




Class in the River - Atelier de Dommel, 2011

The Netherlands has nearly 1/3 of its land below the sea level, its history of water management dates back to the 9th century.

Thoroughout water management has resulted a lot of naturally overflown rivers/lands during high discharge periods, and aesthetically formed a very organized-looking landscape. While personal-expression in its landscape is limited, we occasionally see "illegally-built" docks along rivers, its informal liveliness has triggered me to give form to a space which allow irrational events to happen.




"Wait until everybody falls asleep"

Learn from Pak, 2010

"Make a work with the biggest impact using the least effort". What he says in one of his books reminded me of the Arte Povera moment during the 60s in Italy.

Contrasting with product design where we work with materials, "Learn from Pak" is a small study of Hong Kong based artist Pak Sheung Chuen's work and his way of working, about how he creates poetry through everyday observations.


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