Lee Chi

Specialized in Art Design.

Lee Chi

About Lee Chi

After graduating from the Department of Architecture at Chung Yuan Christian University in 2007, Lee Chi began to think about the collection of environmental materials in response to the needs of spatial design. His profound feelings towards nature and with which the mysterious connection ever since he was a child inspired him as an artist. Since 2013, Lee, with his experience as an architect, has focused on the creation of unique botanical art installations. He continues to create tracks that blur the boundaries between different concepts as architectural structure, living aspects, and botanical installations via design projects, teaching, artistic creation, and product development. By reflecting upon the nature of art, investigating phenomena, and researching creative techniques, Lee transforms life events into formalized artworks. As an artist, Lee Chi believes that personal instinct is scientific when it comes to defining the relationship between artworks and creators. The boundary between method and passion continuously adjusts itself. As the founder of BOTANIPLAN VON LEE CHI, he carries out multiple aesthetic expressions with conceptual developments. The discarded consumables are given new life appearance and artistic value. Lee utilizes nature-based characteristics and the way the brand captures the public, which in turn affects viewers and participants so that they resonate with the works.

  • Winner of the A' Design Award.
  • Specialized in Art Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Art
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Inorganic Mineral Installation Art

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Interview with Lee Chi

Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
Founded in 2013, BOTANIPLAN VON LEE CHI explores the relationship between plants and space, exploring ideas of life and nature in its natural form. Breaking past boundaries of formality to convey messages and new ideals within the work. Combining their background in architecture, designing proposals, education, creating, product developing has paved a close connection between life and plant based art. Continuously garnering ideas for innovation, taking into consideration of materiality, and ideology to create works that speak for themselves.
What is "design" for you?
Design is a tool for communication between different fields and industries, and a way to enrich life.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
I’ve once rebuild an 40 years old house, by rethinking the space flow of the building. Natural light is a major consideration in the overall design, allow light to spread evenly and softly across a 120 square-meter studio. The reason why this is one of my favorite case because we have completed satisfactory works within a very limited budget.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
I love using original materials in nature, and redefine it in an artistic perspective in order to explore the connections between human and environment.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
Source of material, making process, and the impacts of works on viewers and users.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
I usually feel steady about experiencing a new experience, also sometimes feeling expectant and tense at the same time after discovering more unknown areas.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
The intention of designs, and a systematic condition planning skills, including time, cost, customer experience, market value etc.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Considering whether the project itself is a burden on the environment while designing it.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
Our last exhibition held in May, 2019 in Taipei. And we are planning to hold three exhibitions in 2020.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
My inspiration comes from daily life, communication with colleagues and absorption of any kind of knowledge.
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 and work in Taipei, and I definitely feel the cultural heritage of Taiwan affects my designs. Taiwan is a country with inclusiveness and international perspective, however, the context of history is not long enough so we lack clarity of thought and confidence in the nation.
How do you work with companies?
Our colleagues come from different professional fields, and got different views and ideas toward design. We usually have a preliminary discussion together before every cases started, and then our project specialist will arrange the role that each person is responsible for in each case.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
The key elements in a good partnership is communication skills and to establish mature design process. I also believe that an open minded person often makes an excellent designer.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
Normally our concept is set from the observation of society, then we will construct a text to convey this concept. Due to the text, we started the material experiments and design sketches.
Can you describe a day in your life?
Go to work after a morning exercise routine, and often spend two hours reading and doing some mental adjustment before bed.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
There are no certain rules for design, we can only observe things with a more sensitive awareness, and think outside of the box (conditional life).
What skills are most important for a designer?
Communication, which can strengthen the connection between hands and brain.
Who are some of your clients?
2019, Montblanc, Installation 2019, MIMO, Installation 2019, Panasonic, Installation 2019, Clé de peau Beauté, Installation 2018, RAW, Installation 2018, Fujin tree, Installation 2018, Nike, Installation 2017, Hermès, Installation
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Furniture design plays an important role in life, corresponding to the relationship between space and ergonomics.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
Besides making art illustrations, we will begin to develop the furniture and clothing line in 2020. Expecting to break the current consumption habits through the perspective of circular economy system.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
We currently invite two fashion designers to participate a cooperation to hold an exhibition in November, which will display a collection of unisex clothes made of recycle materials and fabrics. We hope this event brings new aspect toward ethical fashion and the fashion industry.
How can people contact you?
Email: info@bvlc.world Adress: 1F, No.14, Aly 90, Sec 3, Chengde Rd, Datong Dist, Taipei City 103, Taiwan Phone: 886 2 25994373

Extended Interview with Lee Chi

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?
I major in architectural design, and always take architectural design as my life goal.
How did you become a designer?
For me, I have always regarded myself as a creator. How to implement my ideal life through contact with others is what fascinates me.
Which emotions do you feel when designing?
In addition to art installations, architectural design has always been a field I am very committed to. However, I am willing to try any kinds of design fields as long as it can affect life.
What particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?
There are no certain rules for design, we can only observe things with a more sensitive awareness, and think outside of the box (conditional life).
What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
The intention of designs, and a systematic condition planning skills, including time, cost, customer experience, market value etc.
You are truly successful as a designer, what do you suggest to fellow designers, artists and architects?
The condition of good design for me is how to solve the environmental problems on earth. It is a matter of course for me to invest in good design.
What is your day to day look like?
Architectural design is my ultimate goal, I want to improve the quality of the growing spaces for plants and animals.
How do you decide if your design is ready?
Maya Lin- American architectural designer Carlo Alberto Scarpa- Italian architectural designer
Who is your favourite designer?
Imagine how design and art can change and adjust human life and environment from the perspective of space, and to be able to properly take care of all life that may grow in space is the most wonderful thing to do.
What positive experiences you had when you attend the A’ Design Award?
My supporters arethe audience who give opinions in the process, and themain members in my team, assisting me to be able to continuously produce creations.

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