Tian Zi (Emperor) is the first of the Imperial Furniture Series, born of the novel Neo-Sino design methodology. Coined by the designer Tiger ChongSheng Guo, Neo-Sino combines traditional design principles from China’s rich 5,000 year history, with culturally unbiased contemporary design practices.
Neo-Sino believes that modern high design is derived almost exclusively from western design influences such as the neo-classism and Bauhaus movements. In addition to this, western influence has instigated much of the socioeconomic development of Asia in the last few centuries, resulting in many “Asian designs” falling short as poor western imitations. This style is strongly criticized by historians but not designers, such as with the early 18th century style of “Chinoiserie”, which is condemned by many societies, but not the artistic realm.
Neo-Sino aims to reintegrate ‘true’ Chinese design influence into the societies of high design, whilst remaining respectful of contemporary design methodologies and values.
Emperor is made from sustainable Jarrah, and brass.
Other prizes SILVER MUSE DESIGN AWARD 2020, INTERNATIONAL AWARD ASSOCIATES, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A' DESIGN AWARD 2020, A' DESIGN, COMO, ITALY SILVER MUSE DESIGN AWARD 2019, INTERNATIONAL AWARD ASSOCIATES, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GOLD NOVUM DESIGN AWARD 2019, NOVUM DESIGN, FRANCE A' DESIGN AWARD 2019, A' DESIGN, COMO, ITALY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE 2019, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DESIGNERS MEDTECH CORE RESEARCH GRANT 2019, MEDTECH CENTER OF RESEARCH INNOVATION, NEW ZEALAND SHORTLISTEE 2019, SHAPL INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONTEST DEAN'S LIST 2016, 2017, 2018, SCHOOL OF DESIGN, VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN INNOVATION 2016, SCHOOL OF DESIGN, VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON TOP IN NEW ZEALAND DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY, ADVANCED LEVEL 2015, CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP DESIGN AND VISUAL COMMUNICATION 2015, NEW ZEALAND QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN AND VISUAL COMMUNICATION 2014, 2015, NATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT TOP IN THE WORLD DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY, ADVANCED SUBSIDIARY LEVEL 2014, CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE GOLD, YOUNGBLOODS DIVISION 2012, GOLDEN DAEMON SYDNEY, AUSTRALASIA COMPETITION REGION