Chen Min Design Office is a multi-faceted design practice established by designer Min Chen whose production ranges from the design of objects to technological products and interior architecture. He was born in 1980 in China and trained at the renowned Köln International School of Design in Germany, then successfully completed his BDes(Bachelor of Design) at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. After some practical work experience in Amsterdam, he went to the Domus Academy in Milan for his MA in Design, graduating with distinction. He then worked at the Domus Academy as a project assistant and also started working on his first freelance projects. Through several award-winning design projects, the practice has developed a worldwide reputation for designing diverse innovative typologies, pushing the limits of technology and materials.
After his decision of coming back to China in 2010, he has been focusing on advanced industrial design and active in both professional and academic fields. He has been invited to teach at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and Tsinghua University in Beijing, the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, and Tongji University in Shanghai. He has also been a frequent guest lecturer at other universities in China and Europe. Min Chen has participated in many design exhibitions and trade fairs all over the world and his works have been published in many international magazines and books. Some of his recent works were exhibited in famous museums like the National Museum of China in Beijing, and the Paris Louvre. Min Chen also writes articles on design-related themes for several Chinese design magazines.
Admittedly there are lots of essences from traditional culture that need to be inherited. But that never changes design being modernized and internationalized. Finding the best bonding point of tradition and modernization, east and west has always been what Atelier Chen Min is good at. Chinese design must become a language that used by the world instead of staying superficially as some style. Min Chen considers design as a language, which has its origins, depth, and history. It stays open and evolves over the time. It expresses life in all aspects, and becomes the essence of it. On the other hand, language has a great variety in all kinds of logic, convention, tradition, culture, and philosophy, and so does design. Min Chen’s goal is to find the Chinese language in the world of design. Today, he works on his own projects and also carries out freelance projects for several renowned local and international companies. Among other Chinese languages, he speaks Mandarin and Cantonese, as well as German, English, Japanese, Italian and Dutch.