By Neehar Mishra
Photography: Courtesy FCDS
Designer Frank Chou’s furniture redefines ‘fusion’ and scores high points on quality and comfort…
Refreshingly avant-garde, designer Frank Chou’s furniture is unpretentious with an industrial look and feel created through a strong focus on clean simple lines and structure. His concepts focus on the fusion between contemporary design and innovation with great emphasis on the balance of the Eastern and Western furniture industries. That’s why his designs always reveal an extraordinary quality.
Seldom has Oriental design been successfully incorporated within the fold of the contemporary design vocabulary, primarily because of its grandeur and intricacy. But Frank’s Oriental Series of furniture is a refreshing take on elements of oriental design, giving them a new aesthetic and functional spin by incorporating them into the fold of a globally relatable design language; characterized by minimalism, quirk, luxury and comfort. The series stands out for visual interest created in the simple-looking furniture through a contrasting colour scheme; whilst the high-quality fabric lends it a plush feel while enhancing comfort.
Inspired by fashion, his latest collections called Bold and Suit series – to debut at the upcoming Design Shanghai 2016, explores the balance between fashion and furniture design. The use of concise and clear bold lines and form build a bold visual aesthetic and echo a different life attitude – “Be bold or italic, never regular”.
Each piece is unique in its own right and truly showcases Frank Chou Design Studio’s adeptness at cross-border industrial integration, while also focusing on the luxury and functionality aspects.
With elegance and balance as the mainstays of his designs, every piece of furniture is akin to a functional work of art. Simple, versatile and beautiful, his series also epitomize Frank’s design philosophy, which says that “modern” cannot exist independently. Rather it should also be a reinterpretation of what’s traditional so as to paint an accurate portrait of the social and cultural life of its patrons.