Shao Fan Contemporary Chinese Furniture
Some furniture seems to be much more than a simple device to do our daily activities. Some furniture can become an art statement, an alternative visions of reality so to say. This is a story of Shao Fan furniture designs
Modern Chinese Furniture
Shao Fan was born in 1964 in China, in a family of artists, who were painters and professors at the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Shao Fan is known to be one of the first artists in China, who started to explore the boundaries between visual art and design. He was studying wood carving and porcelain at the Art and Craft Research Institute in Beijing, and known as a designer of contemporary furniture units, which combine different approaches of traditional and contemporary styles.
Some pieces include heavy, black, angular shapes which mimics the chinese ideograms, giving the traditional allure to the pieces. As mentioned by Shao Fan, his furniture concepts are ‘the fundamental harmony and equality between humanity and nature’. Shao Fan is exploring the possibility of combination between traditional furniture making and new perspective in designing, merging a contemporary aesthetic of clean, geometric lines. His furniture series are re-appropriated pieces which are derived from classical ming style furniture.
Shao Fan is famous worldwide, as his works can be found in the collections of international cultural institutions as the V&A victoria and albert museum (UK), the tomioka museum (japan), the metropolitan museum (USA), and the peabody museum (USA) among others. His latest appearance was ruding theconference of business of design week 2011 in Hong Kong. Among his famous furniture designs are: “project no. 1 of 2004 chair”, ‘steel chair’,’work no. 4 of year 2005′,’ming ladder’, ‘stool’,’moon’. Especially extravagant appears to be the King chair, which integrates the classic timber seating, amidst which there is a black modern box of a chair. Isn’t that inspiring and daring at the same time?