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Ying Chang

MA work

MA work

Grid System

People’s immediate action and reaction to a form is often restricted by the conventional ingrained response. The project aims to challenge the perception of the initial disposition to the objects by re-examining aspects of the domestic environment, with a particular focus on the surface, envisioning it as more than just a two-dimensional form. This is expressed through a furniture system of modular steel mesh boxes contained within an aluminum frame, equipped with a series of multi-purpose accessories, allowing adaptation in particular interior arrangements.

Each configuration supports a generic function - desk, console, storage totem - suggesting a catalogue of possibilities to be explored by grouping or rotating the mesh boxes according to one’s own needs.

The landscape of gridded surfaces and translucent volumes offer a versatile alternative to the often expansive, static planes of archetypical furniture.



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  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Products, 2014

  • Degrees

  • BA Interior Design, London Metropolitan University, 2005
  • Experience

  • Product designer, London, 2012–present; Freelance senior retail designer, HMKM , London, 2012–14, ; Creative lead designer, UXUS , Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2010–11 ; Freelance designer, Beyond Communications, London, 2009–10 ; Retail designer, GP Studio, London, 2007–9 ; Freelance retail designer (clients include: Dal & Pow Design Consultants, 20-20 Ltd, Red Jacket Ltd, Chance and Fat Ltd), London, 2004–7
  • Exhibitions

  • Clerkenwell Design Week, London, 2013
  • Publications

  • Trish Lorenz, 'Capital Ideas', The Independent, 17 May 2013 ; Alyn Griffiths, 'Design Week 2013: Highlights', Port Magazine, 24 May 2013; Clerkenwell Design Week, Crafts Magazine (242), 24 May 2013; Clerkenwell Fringe: Ying Chang at Craft Central, Despoke, 23 May 2013