Lichen Ding

Professional in Interior Design.

About Lichen Ding

Lichen Ding is an award-winning designer with experience spanning across multiple disciplines and industries. Dabbled in architecture, interior space, and the field of art installations, service areas throughout the culture, hotel, commercial, office, real estate and brand planning. His is a winner of the Golden A' Design Award Winner for Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category in 2018.Senior partner of World Design Consortium. His project design has won several international authoritative awards, such as A' Design Award, The Prix Versailles, German Design Award, Iconic Award, Hospitality Design Award, The Architecture Master Prize and so on.

  • 3-Time Winner of Interior Design Award.
  • Specialized in Interior Design.
  • 3 Featured Original Designs.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Interior
Shang Ju  Hotel

Shang Ju Hotel

Interior Design

Hua Yi Hotel

Hua Yi Hotel

Interior Design

Tian Zi Club

Tian Zi Club

Interior Design

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Interview with Lichen Ding

Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
At the beginning of Sihan Design’s establishment, I devoted myself to the exploration and practice of commercial space design. I tried to adjust the market in terms of operation, design, market form, etc. in order to be accurate. I was absorbed in the internationalization narrative of local language in practice methodology and strived to innovate. Now, excellent achievements have been made in many areas, such as hotels and entertainment. Excellent design innovation ability and professional business space integration have made the company’s brand well-known in the industry.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
In architecture or interior space, it is not enough to make people feel comfortable. People should be able to travel in this place and understand some things, such as aesthetics, values and world outlook. So I would like to be able to be in these places can make me understand these.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
When I think about a project, I tend to use some materials that can represent the region and my sense of domain. Of course, the budget cost and the stability of materials also need to be considered. For example sending out the wood of earthy breath, balance the stone of the space, and even lamplight.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
Usually, it takes two years for us to carry out a project from the initial stage to the final completion and opening. Complex emotions will always accompany the growth of the project, including the joy when the creative process is full of inspiration, the confusion in the construction process and the satisfaction after the completion and opening. Of course, the happiest time is when we are recognized by our customers.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
In the future, in the field of hotel design we are engaged in, the trend is to let guests feel more tailored feeling, a sense of exploration.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
Nothing can inspire me more than travel. Traveling to different countries and regions and experiencing the local customs and conditions can often give me special inspiration in some moments.
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 come from China, a country with a long history and culture. There are too many ancient cultures and customs for us to explore and experience, from which we can apply our understanding to the atmosphere of modern life. Of course, there are times when we dig too much into these things, and there's an experience that doesn't fit into the modern world that we try to avoid.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
I think sometimes, whether a designer is talented or not, can be judged by a short chat. Whether he regards this career as a hobby, not just for survival, he must have enough passion and persistence to maintain the mission of this job to the end of his life.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
I am very willing to share my experience and ideas. It is also an important part of our company's talent cultivation to enable the new generation of designers to grow faster. Enjoy life, enjoy design.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I plan to derive some furniture and products related to my design concept in the future, only in this way can the project be complete and consistent.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
Individualism is just a main line running through the whole design concept. A project satisfying the customer cannot be separated from the teamwork, which is no doubt.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
At present, new projects are constantly being introduced, and my daily work is very busy. Of course, I am excited that each project has its own characteristics that enable me to give full play to new experiences, which I think is what every designer is looking forward to.

Extended Interview with Lichen Ding

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
I graduated from wuhan university in 2008, majoring in interior design. Now I am working as a creative director in Sihan design.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
Of course, this is my own choice, and this choice is the most proud thing in my life. Design is not only my work but also an indispensable part of my life, which makes my life more artistic, with goals and expectations.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I am mainly engaged in hotel design. Of course, I would like to make contact with some art spaces, such as museums, when I have the opportunity.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
Listen more, read more, and learn more. Although it seems very simple, it's something that needs persistence. It's not easy, but if design is your belief, it's very simple again.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
I would say that a good designer tells the client "how this needs to be done" and a good design tells the client "what doesn't need to be done".
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
In my opinion, there is no absolute good or bad design, only the most appropriate, existence is reasonable, even some things have been over-designed, wasted energy. Good interior design should not only be comfortable, but also allow people to understand something in the space.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I will engage in public welfare design, so that more people can be exposed to the magic of design, so as to realize the inner feelings and change the values and outlook on life.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
I think the hotel design, because no space can let people experience a place as a whole.
What helped you to become a great designer?
In a strict sense, design is not my job, but an indispensable part of my life, which makes my aesthetic, demands on the details of life, and even my belief.
How do you think designers should present their work?
Helping the client complete the project and win a good response in the market is the first step. Look for photographers who can read your space and take beautiful pictures. Then sign up for prestigious international competitions and try your best to win prizes for exposure.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
It is still a hotel design. Currently, several hotels will be completed one after another. The hotel under creation is also featured.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
Design should be a state of very spontaneous occurrence, which can be accepted by everyone in the world, and I hope that the future will bring them a memorable experience.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
I am currently working on a hotel lobby with design elements that go beyond what I have not expressed before, and I am confident that I can move every guest who comes.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
The hotel project "Shang Ju Hotel" completed last year is very satisfactory to both the customers and the customers. Under the limited budget, we worked hard to complete it together. Now the business status is very good. The customers have let us participate in the second phase of the work, and we believe that we will meet you soon.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
More intelligent technology applications, such as the development of 5g, are developing rapidly in China.
Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
I think it is "design". People often need a bigger carriage when they are known, while the job of designers is to create a car for people when they are not known.
Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
I am open to any questions. Please email me I would make may best effort to reply.

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