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Student Showcase Archive

Tao Ni

MA work

MA work

Breath (Concept Car)

Through this project, I wanted to explore the relationship between AI, the vehicle and the human. There are three questions I have attempted to answer: What is the most natural way to communicate with the vehicle? Without any screen, it would be like humans talking face to face. What kind of material or technique will become the future trend, more efficient with no waste? I have developed the material through a knitting process. Is there any possibility we could combine those answers, not only to bring new design style but also re-invent the design process? If so, by challenging current methods we could release people's imagination.



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Vehicle Design, 2016

  • Design is a way to open people's mind.

    Trying to accept new aesthetic; recognising our space.

    The world holds infinite possibility.

  • Degrees

  • BA Industrial Design, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, China, 2013
  • Experience

  • Designer, Volvo Design Centre, Shanghai, 2013–14 ; Internship, Volvo Design Centre, Shanghai, 2012–13
  • Exhibitions

  • Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Festival Automobile International, Les Invalides, Paris, 2016; 100% Optical, EXCEL Centre, London, 2016; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2015
  • Awards

  • Finalist, Move Award, 2016 ; Finalist, BMW Young Designer Awards, 2015; First Prize, Salon Privé Design Award, 2015; Short listed, Interior Motive Design Competition, 2015