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Tony (Wei-Hsiang) Lien

MA work

MA work

Simplicity meets Passion: Stradivarius

Simplicity is to reduce complexity, while passion is the bringing of positive energy to life. To achieve this new design philosophy is to achieve a transition between simplicity and passion, leading to a happy outcome

Chapter Stradivarius

Music is a source of inspiration and expression. 'Prelude and Allegro' is one piece of music that has inspired me greatly during my life. I learned to play the violin at the age of seven. I visualised my pen as the bow of a violin and documented each movement as the music progressed. During the composition it was important for me to focus on the passion of the piece: to do this I had to go into a deep state of mind. The aim is to use this method to develop a new styling aesthetic.

The whole design process takes place through the left and right hand movement when performing music on the violin. I then use wire, plaster, ink and clay to capture the music into design. My ultimate goal is to challenge automotive styling to take inspiration from the movement of the music.



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Vehicle Design, 2015

  • As a designer, I believe that all thing are interconnected with each other. Every experience in life has the opportunity to spark ideas of brilliance. It is this interconnection that forms the basis of my designs, which I build on with deeper thought. Aesthetics are part of the core fundamentals of my vision, while logical thinking structures the shape of the idea. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Industrial Design, HuaFan University, 2010
  • Experience

  • Industrial designer, AIM YOUR DESIGN Studios, Taipei, 2010–11; Freelance product designer, Ra Hwa Group, Taiwan, 2011–13
  • Exhibitions

  • Future City Mobility, London Transport Museum, London, 2014; Concours of the Future, Salon Privé, London, 2014
  • Awards

  • Land Rover Terra Nova Award, 2015