• Prize
    Winner in Chair
  • Designer
    Ninglu Zhang
  • School
    University Of Iowa
  • Project Date
    Fall 2020

Inspired by the window frame, Lucarne is a low dining chair with a simple and clean outline. Cutouts on the back imitate the shadow of the light shining through the window. The blue upholstery fabric represents the sky. With a shoulder-high back, Lucarne becomes a divider that creates a private space. The mechanism in the back allows people to pack it flat for transportation purposes.

Ninglu Zhang was born in Sichuan, China, in 1996. She graduated with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in the 3D design program from the University of Iowa in 2019. She is currently enrolled as a second-year graduate student in the same program. Ninglu found herself interested in furniture design when she had her first model-making class with lecturer Vakhtangi Darjania and continued her passion with Professor Monica Correia. Ninglu’s work often shows her affection for organic forms and the desire to use advanced technologies. Ninglu’s work has been exhibited in design exhibitions in Chicago, New