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Yung-Chuan Lin

MA work


This project creates a tree’s secondary life and creates alternative charcoal products.

Yakisugi is the ancient Japanese technique of preserving timber. When introducing carbonisation to the surface of the timbre instead of burning the whole piece, the timbre becomes waterproof, pest resistant and has a longer life. Yakisugi treated wood is frequently used as building material and is weather resistant, but what interests me is that we are creating something else when we scorch the timbre’s surface: charcoal.

Charcoal is a by-product of charring timber. It is also an ancient and natural commodity. Originally it was used primarily as a fuel source, but now is increasingly being used as an absorber and filter. One of charcoal’s unique properties is that it is amazingly porous and absorbent. The pores trap pollutants and household fumes thus filtering the air, removing odours and retarding the growth of mould.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Products, 2018

  • I have been focusing on the two interrelated areas of product and package design,  especially in the IT industry such as wireless networking and broadband and smart home devices. I am also interested in sustainable design and appreciate the value of craftsmanship. 

  • Degrees

  • MA Design, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2013; BA Industrial Design, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Douliou, Taiwan, 2007
  • Experience

  • Industrial Designer, ASKEY COMPUTER CORP, Taipei, Taiwan, 2013-2016; Visiting Tutor, Tungnan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2016; Package Designer, PEGATRON Ltd, Taipei, Taiwan, 2009-2012
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  • Conferences

  • Publications