Discover the interview of Chen Kaijie – Storyteller in USA.
How did you become designer ?
I always want to be an artist/designer. My dad is a architect and civil engineer. He used to build our own furnitures at home. My mom has a great sense of color and taught me knitting and crochet when I was younger. I love the idea living in an environment with objects slowly created by yourself. They encouraged and work on interesting projects with me since I was little. After completing textile design and engineering undergrad program, I went back to Shanghai and teach design at university. After one year working experience, I decided to come back and pursue my master program in Surface Imaging where I learned to rethink and explore surfaces in ways previously unimaginable, by integrating a knowledge of advanced printing technologies, material sciences, and spatial design.
How would you define your vision of design, your style ?
I explore the interdisciplinary field of surface design combining visual design, material exploration and engineering technology. When I say surface design, it could be simple as graphic design on your business card, or it could be pieces on a larger scale for example wall mural. And other times, it could be a material with a graphic edge. I imagine everything as a canvas, but also not limited to using designs on surfaces, and try to create unique surfaces itself from a material perspective.
For the future, what are your professional projects ?
I just exhibited a larger format of Nature Force at Center for Architecture and Design in DesignPhiladelphia this month. For the near future, I want to keep working on this project in different scales and multiple applications. I would also love to do a lighting design or installation next year.
What do you like the most in your job ?
Surface design to me is a combination of these 3 elements I mentioned. It’s not just about graphics. I could work with a broaden selection of design tools and process. I have a design and engineering background, that’s why I love learning from experimenting and bring them into real life. Sometime, what makes my works stand out and is fascinating to me is that to take advantage of the limitations in certain circumstances which creates unexpected effects.