Lee Chi

Professional in Art Design.

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 Art Design Award.
  • Specialized in Art Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
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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 a bit about your design background and education?
I major in architectural design, and always take architectural design as my life goal.
What motivates you to design in general, why 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.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
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 should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
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 makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
The intention of designs, and a systematic condition planning skills, including time, cost, customer experience, market value etc.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
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 would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
Architectural design is my ultimate goal, I want to improve the quality of the growing spaces for plants and animals.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
Maya Lin- American architectural designer Carlo Alberto Scarpa- Italian architectural designer
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
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.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
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.
What helped you to become a great designer?
I am not sure. I may have met teachers who are strict with me along the way.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
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.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
Being able to make designs and methods that can solve environmental problems which closely related to every species on earth.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited 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.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
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 would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
Not sure what will happen. The design industry is no longer just about the creation of form, but the attitude behind the form to face the truth that the world is facing.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
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.
What is the role of technology when you design?
Technology is the structure of a house for me. If the structure is not properly supported, the final form cannot present the appearance of the design.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
Color is a psychological configuration for me, while material is an expression of perception, and environment is the most important cause and result of all design, it plays the characters that give design energy.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
I would like to know what kind of problems the designer saw when this design and product were first created. What technologies are used in the process, and what is the impact on the environment?
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
My inspiration comes from daily life, communication with colleagues and absorption of any kind of knowledge.
Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
For me, design is closely connected with the real world. Outside the artistic level, the message released by the artwork should focus on making the world and the environment more balanced and in good condition. For me, the most important thing about my work is to let everyone understand that this design method will not cause threats and harm to plants and creatures, and we need to be very cautious about the issues that we are facing on earth.

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