By Zhoujie Zhang
“The Evolution of A Chair”
The Evolution of A Chair | The Stainless Steel Collection, 2011
# 304 Stainless Steel, Super Mirror Finish
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The 4-piece set is one example that demonstrates the process when Zhoujie created his digital chair. While Chair #6141 is only one in thousands of variations, it intrinsically shares the same DNA with all the pieces.
The series is an evolution. ‘I think we are in digital age already, and we are coming to the crest of digital objects. I believe that objects in digital world will grow as nature does, in an organic way, but we just need to discover why and how that happens.’ Zhoujie said.
With his practice dedicated to the development of a digitalized fabrication system, Zhoujie’s goal has been to create a system with an ability to transform digital programs into real objects. In the near future, people will be able to participate in the creation; design a customized chair through the digital system and select different materials of their choice. This brand new, artificial intelligence design concept will fit better into the life and preferences of each individual, and, the interaction between product and human will be deepened. The process of design will evolve from single physical phase to a systematic level. Zhoujie’s goal for his future collection of works is to engineer designs that utilize progressive elements such as macromolecular materials and titanium.
Zhoujie’s works and design principles are based on spontaneity, taken from the philosophies of Taoism. This philosophy reflects his understanding of ACTIONLESS, which pays respect to the logic of mathematics and the laws of a digital environment.
As an independent designer, Zhoujie Zhang believes that good design is inspired by process. By continuously forming new concepts throughout the course of development and production, the creation is a constant progression of its evolution.
“Through my design I’d like to build new path towards our digital future and eventually create a system that could measure, design, produce, test as well as market these new possibilities. Following on from the first and second industrial revolution, we are now experiencing a third one, a digital revolution. I’m going to dive into it and I’m ready for a long march.” —-Zhoujie Zhang