Mario Tsai

Rising Talent awards China presented by Designchain - January 2019

Hall 6

Your mantra is “Use Less, Design Better”. How does this apply to your work?

I always try to use less materials and production processes to create better designs. This not only reduces the cost to my clients but also saves resources and helps protect the environment. It’s a principle to remind me to follow a sustainable design approach. For example, I designed a table system that needs only a singular leg design, to be used with different sized tables. The leg can also be replaced if it breaks. This not only reduces unnecessary program and management costs during the production process, but the replaceable parts means the product can last longer.

How important have trade fairs been in your career?

Very important! My design career started at a fair in Shanghai in 2014, and I got my first client in Frankfurt in 2015. I participated in some design fairs in Milan, London and Stockholm. Trade Fairs are platforms for young designers to show their creations to manufacturers all over the world; I find I always get some chances to collaborate with different companies during the fairs.

What does being named a Rising Talent mean to you?

The Rising Talent Awards is a perfect platform for young designers to show their designs and creations. It’s also my first exhibition in Paris. In a sense, our designs represent the new design power of contemporary China. I hope to get more attention and cooperation opportunities during this exhibition.

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