China Design Competition: Chengrui Xu

Featured Entry: Chengrui Xu

China Design Competition: Chengrui Xu

Chengrui Xu is a 23-year-old student from Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, and is currently studying at Donghua University.

What has inspired your work?

The regenerative ability of plants gives people another way of thinking about sustainability, and also coincides with people’s illusion of ‘immortality’. The durability of leather can extend the life cycle of the product, whilst the softness and malleability of the leather is like plant leaves, giving infinite possibilities in product modelling.

The design, which consists of a layered appearance, is based on the shape of a traditional Chinese bonsai, and functions as an installation based on Chinese art conceptions.