Hanhsi Chen Beyond Object
Over are the days of basic office supplies... and that clear acrylic stapler and tape dispenser trend won't cut it for the design conscious breed. Every day objects should be works of art. London-based, Taiwanese designer and Maison & Objet veteran Hanhsi Chen would certainly agree, and has taken it even farther by making our ultimate "practical" design fantasies a reality. Hanhsi is the founder of Beyond Object, the design firm turning out "poetic products" along the lines of stunning desk objects, accessories and tableware that are upping our standards of that space where function meets design.
Hanhsi is creating "logical sculptures that serve the daily needs of people." His sleek, stunning creations embody his ethos of minimalism meets imagination, pushing the boundaries of our prior-conceptions of what we use in our daily lives.
"Art" has always held a very particular place... on the wall... presented on a pedestal and encased in glass... and out of touch, literally. Hanhsi is changing the aesthetic level with which we interact with every day objects, and we couldn't be more excited about it.
CM: What kind of design did you study and where?
I got my MA degree from the Design Products course in Royal College of Art in London.
CM: Where are you from?
CM: What other designers/artists do you look to for inspiration?
Bouroullec Brothers and Nendo spans a very interesting diagram of the contemporary design scene. I’m more interested in the social and industrial context of the design phenomena than the designer himself.
CM: Can you tell us more about the materials and production process?
In our collection we work heavily with different kind of metal - varying from stainless steel, aluminium to zinc alloy. The production process also varies from casting, machining and metal pressing.
The one thing shares in common is that we work closely with local manufacturers in Taiwan, whom have great skills but lack of chance to shine themselves in the global map of design.
CM: Major career defining success?
When I am able to realise my design freely, one after another.
CM: Advice for aspiring creatives?
Realise your design instead of just design.
CM: Can you tell us more about your collaborations?
We have 3 key members in Beyond Object, I ( Hanhsi Chen ) am in charge the brand direction, design briefing and manufacturing liaison, while in the same time working closely with our designer Tommaso Nocentini on every design projects. Managing Director Li-Nung Chen is responsible for the sales / promotion strategy and the financial part of the business.
What's next for you?
We are currently working on a new collection aiming to launch early 2016. It’s mainly home accessories including clock, candle holder and tray etc. While the new collection will be the continuation of our design exploration, we are also planning to include new materials into the collection to enrich the visual vocabulary.
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