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

This is a chair inspired by the pillars in the Imperial Palace in China. The upholstery fabric represents the red wall built in the palace. The rigid and stiff outline portrays the divine atmosphere contained in the Forbidden City. The simplified design and neutral color birch plywood bring the modern feeling to incorporate with the historical background of the chair.

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