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Ruiqi Dai

MA work


The first collection looks into people's everyday dining and drinking activities. Fountainia is a wine divider – when pouring wine from the top of the wine divider, the wine flows equally into six wine glasses. By creating this object, Ruiqi hopes to explore the dynamic experience of drinking through sharing and pouring. 

Through the manipulation of the texture and optic quality of glass, Light Escaper transfers the playfulness of a daily object through the interaction with the users. Mirage is a centrepiece on the table, which can serve fruits and desserts. Through the interplay of glass, wood, and metal, her research focusses on how different materials coexist, how each material serves a particular function within an object, how one material leads to, or supports another.

The Lighting collection, on the other hand, is the beginning of an investigation looking into the optic quality of glass and its application in lighting design. Ruiqi intends to achieve an elegant and simple aesthetic, while creating an intimate and unique experience through using the object.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2019

  • Ruiqi Dai hopes to explore the balance between sculptural form and functionality, through making interactive and playful products that transform daily life gestures into ceremonial moments. Her research focusses on how different materials coexist; how each material serves a particular function within an object, how one material leads to, or supports another.

  • Degrees

  • BA 3D Design, University of the Arts London, 2016
  • Experience

  • Design intern, Nianxiang, Shanghai, 2019; Product development intern, Soft Paris, London, 2016; Editor intern, Liuyuan, Hefei, China, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Young Designers Exhibition, Beijing Times Art Museum, 2019; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2019; New Horizon Young Designers Exhibition, Coast Gallery, Zhuhai, China, 2018; Hebei International Industrial Design Week, Rongcheng Civil Sports Centre, Xiongan, China, 2018; Best of British, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, 2018; Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair, Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre, Shenzhen, China, 2018; The 12th Hangzhou Cultural & Creative Industrial Expo, Hangzhou Baima Lake Exhibition Centre, Hangzhou, 2018; Innovation Strength of Designers from British Academy, Yifang, Wuhan, China, 2018; Maison & Objet, Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris, 2018; A’Design Award Winners Exhibition, A’Design Award, Como, Italy, 2018; Contemporary Young Artist Award, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, 2018; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Cluj Ceramics Biennale, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2017; Tent London, London Design Fair, London, 2017; Youth Never Fade, Milan Design Week, Milan, 2017; Talent!2016, Crafts Central, London, 2016; New Designers, London, 2016; University of the Arts London Degree Show, London, 2016
  • Awards

  • New Horizon Excellence Award, 2018; A’Design Award, Bronze Prize, 2018; Talent!2016, six months free studio in central London, 2016; Sickle Cell Project for Kings College Hospital, 2015