Xiaokai Li

Good in Furniture Design.

About Xiaokai Li

OBJECT SYSTEM was founded by Mr. Li Xiaokai in Hangzhou, China. The brand focuses on the contemporary, daily, fun and inner logic of product design.

  • Winner of Furniture Design Award.
  • Specialized in Furniture Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Furniture
Rt  Stool or Sidetable

Rt Stool or Sidetable

Furniture Design

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Interview with Xiaokai Li

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
I have always loved art since I was young and believe that art or design can make life better, so I chose art design from college and have been working in design since graduation.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
Our studio is a research and exploration-oriented innovative design laboratory, including interior design and furniture design. We try to cooperate with people in different fields, hoping to improve social environment through design.
What is "design" for you?
Design is a kind of revelation. The designer uses a unique eye to discover the original things and logic.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I prefer to design stools and tables because they are most commonly used in life.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
Real materials, such as wood, stone, and metal, are connected in the simplest and most direct way.
When do you feel the most creative?
The most creative when seeing different landscapes while traveling.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
When the design is realized, it is hoped that time is still at that moment.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Designers should learn to observe and discover the shortcomings in society and the environment, and then propose solutions to these problems in a targeted manner.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
In the contemporary era, people actually pay more and more attention to themselves. I hope that in the future, people will think more about the relationship between people and the environment and the relationship between people and the universe.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
It is my usual observation and thinking about the form and structure of things around me.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I live in Hangzhou, China. The form and structure of Chinese ancient buildings and furniture have a great influence on me.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
The company should retain the original ideas of the designer as much as possible, and use this as a basis for deepening the landing. Good designers have their own ways of thinking.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
I don't usually do design on purpose, many of them deepen the inspiration accumulated from daily observations.
Can you describe a day in your life?
Engaged in brainstorming in the company every morning, deepening the morning's ideas in the afternoon, and generally watching things related to design or art at night.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Designers generally have occupational diseases, and it is difficult to experience life with the eyes of ordinary people.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
The time to think about the plan and the time to deepen the plan are divided into time periods.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
Depending on the design object, some will take a few days and some will take a few months.
Who are some of your clients?
There are no restrictions, and everyone who likes our design may become our customer.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
Design by myself, and then put the product on the ground through teamwork.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
I am now designing a wooden stool, its form is also more interesting, the stability of this form needs to overcome many technical problems.

Extended Interview with Xiaokai Li

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
I graduated from Jiamusi University, China, majoring in interior design. Now I am the founder and creative director of Hangzhou Wuxiang Space Design, and the founder and creative director of OBJECT SYSTEM brand.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
There are no restrictions on furniture, products, space, architecture.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
Young people need to have faith, enthusiasm, and great commitment.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
Good designers only care about the product itself, and good designers not only care about the product, but also care about human, social and environmental issues.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
Good design comes with logic, look at the standard of the design product itself.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
Good design will make improvements to human and social environmental issues, and good design has predictability for the future. Investing in good design is investing in the future.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
Chairs and buildings, because they are the most frequent things that come into contact with people.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
The design of the chair, the design of the chair can have its own logical composition.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
I spend a lot of time to experience the surrounding things, thinking and studying how they are composed.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Design is a kind of revelation. The designer uses a unique eye to discover the original things and logic.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
There are many practical problems, and the idea is that the idea cannot be implemented.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
Wooden structure products can be displayed through basic design principles.
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
Can improve people's lives, social and environmental issues.
How does design help create a better society?
Design is an enlightenment that makes people understand the fun and beauty of life.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
Each work will have satisfaction. Because each item appears with a different place.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
I hope the design can be more diverse and that people from different fields can participate.
Where do you think the design field is headed next?
Design crosses boundaries, and designers can participate in more other fields.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
Different projects have different lengths of time, some take a few days, some take a few months.
What is your life motto as a designer?
The existence of every thing has its own internal mechanism, and we need to reveal it.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
Inspiring the human sensory system, colors, materials and environment are the constituent elements of different divisions.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
Winning a prize can test your thinking during this time, nothing more.
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
Gray-green, Xiamen, China, seafood, autumn, chair, physical system.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
In the contemporary era, people actually pay more and more attention to themselves. I hope that in the future, people will think more about the relationship between people and the environment and the relationship between people and the universe.

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