Zhang Han & Sui Hao & Li Hua
Melaleuca Chair No. 1, 2014
Cotton, starch glue, linen rope, H 51 x W 50.3 x D 30.5 cm
Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
The product is made using the traditional process to produce multi-layered cloth shoes – an ancient Chinese craft. The technique is based on layers of cotton and uses emulsion for hardening, then sewing with linen thread. This design however uses smooth skin-friendly surface textures to replace the original rough textiles, making the chair more practical.
Zhang Hao and Sui Hao received their bachelor’s of fine arts from Beijing University of Technology in 2014. At present Sui is a graduate student in the California College of the Arts Industrial Design programme. Zhang got her master’s of fine arts from Rochester Institute of Technology Industrial design programme in 2016. Li Hua graduated from the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, China. Currently he is the dean of the industrial design programme at Beijing University of Technology and dedicating himself to design education.
The three designers are committed to the integration of traditional Chinese culture in design. Multi layered cloth shoes are made by means of an ancient Chinese craft. This technique is used here to produce the Melaleuca Chair No. 1. This is a new pure that gives an ancient craft a new living environment.