The Arc Chair is a dining chair designed in 2015 that investigates the relationship between Eastern and Western aesthetics. Through historical design research, I studied the relationship between Scandinavian designers, such as Hans Wegner, and their fascination with Chinese furniture from the 17th century Ming Dynasty.
As a Chinese-American designer, I continue to explore this cultural exchange of identity through everyday products. How can contemporary furniture design interpret traditional Chinese aesthetics for today? To explore this question, I designed a dining chair that combines a Ming Dynasty backrest with a Scandinavian inspired bent laminated seat. By pairing these two aesthetics, a new visual language is created that celebrates both contrasting cultures.