In my opinion, great design is achieved, not only through the creative stage, but by understanding the intricacies of the entire end-to-end process. You can’t produce wonderful furniture by looking inwards – one has to have a solid grasp of global trends, manufacturing, sustainability, resource and even marketing. Only then can you truly create a successful and long-lasting collection.
The design industry in China is on a rapid upward trajectory and I feel hugely proud to be part of that movement. However, while China is gaining prosperity, I sense at times we still channel the spirit of a developing country. And as an independent design studio, we feel a strong responsibility to lead, teach, and campaign for a better future.
I was born in Beijing, now the home of our headquarters, however, I also spent some of my early career working in Italy. I have had the opportunity to work alongside leading luxury brands in Europe, such as Fendi, Roche Bobois and Ligne Roset and I think this has granted me a very balanced view of world design. I always try to connect the dots between the Eastern and Western aesthetic, and I design for people who share that notion.
People sometimes ask me how it feels to have gained global recognition at such a young age. Truthfully, it’s not something I think about. I just feel very lucky to have found my place in the world.
As a designer in a developing country, I feel a strong responsibility to lead, teach, and campaign for a better future. To me, great design is only achieved by understanding the intricacies of the entire end-to-end process.
His homeware is characterized by a combination of striking metals, polished wood and plush fabrics, all culminating in notable forms for both work and home.
An award-winning designer, Frank Chou, has many accolades under his belt. Synchronising with the international design scene, he is taken with the world of cinematography, music and art as well as the marvels of his culture.
Connecting the dots between the East and West, Frank Chou designs for those who admire cultural intersection.