2017 Yilan Chair Design Competition | 2014 Yilan Chair Design Competition Awards
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Bing Dou

[ Gold Award ]


Guishan Island is a spiritual symbol for people of Yilan, while also serving as a landmark for travelers. They know they are close to home when Guishan Island appear in sight. The island takes on various appearances when people see it from different locations. “Guishan turns" (a famous saying in Yilan) can therefore be interpreted as, “it is impossible for Guishan to move, but people can."

“Bing Dou" makes use of the reflection of Guishan Island, showing its image through simple outlines. This chair is designed with various functions. It can be a rocking chair if kids feel like playing. Turned, it becomes a small lounger. Kids have a lot of fun in playing with this chair. Like Guishan Island, it brings a family together and carries the stories of Yilan for generations.


Designer: Chen Qing-mao, Wu Wan-ru


Sail on the Whale

[ Silver Award ]


“Sail on the Whale" uses the rich forest resources in Yilan as its materials. Its shape suggests abundant fishery resources. Its design concept conveys the harmonious relationship between nature and the people of Yilan. Shaped like a whale sticking its tail out of the water, this rocking chair tries to imagine parents taking their kids on a shaking ferry to Guishan Island and embarking on an amazing trip of whale watching.


Designer: Chen Yi-jing


Rural Memory

[ Bronze Award ]


The scent of Yilan and its refined artistry are engraved in “Rural Memory." In the harvest season, the rice fragrance that assails the nostrils from rice reaping creates a familiar memory of Yilan. It also refers to the results of a land has been nourished by rain and cultivated by farmers. In combination with old farm tools, the chair delivers the fragrance of rice when the body has warmed the rice husk in the cushion, which will definitely arouse the body’s deepest memory of Yilan.


Designer: Chen Zheng-bang, Shirai Wakako


Rocking Dolphin

[ Excellent Work ]


Surrounded by mountains and the ocean, Yilan is home to an amazingly beautiful natural landscape. The wild dolphins playing around Guishan Island inspire the design of “Rocking Dolphin.” Its abstract curve symbolizes dolphins swimming around the beautiful ocean of Yilan. When having fun with the rocking chair, children have touch with the natural wood on “Rocking Dolphin." They seem to be riding on a real wild dolphin, happily playing together.


Designer: Daisuke Nagatomo、Minnie Jan



[ Excellent Work ]


The Kamalan tribe is a matriarchal society, and they use a distinctive combination of black and white as the major choice of color for their traditional clothes. Cloth takes an important position in its material culture. The crescent shape of “Sway" uses moon as the symbol of the matriarchal society and implies a mother holding her child in arms. The place where the kid sits is made from Kamalan’s traditional banana-fiber cloth, which is even woven in the tribe’s special cross patterns. Under the conditions of making the chair more beautiful and comfortable, “Sway" also serves to continue the traditional weaving culture.


Designer: Zhang Yan-wei, Su Yi-wen


Whale Chair

[ Judges’ Choice ]


The major design element of “Whale Chair" is a whale swimming around the ocean of Guishan Island. The adorable whale-shaped rocking chair makes it not only a chair but also a toy, which can definitely draw children’s attention. The wavy chair legs also take on the imagery of a whale freely swimming in the ocean.


Designer: He Jia-feng, Liao Zhi-chen, Lin Pei-yi


Nursery Rhyme

[ Judges’ Choice ]


“Nursery Rhyme" is a wooden chair for kids with two purposes: a regular chair, and a rocking chair that brings joy and laughter. Made from recycled timber, it becomes a brand new chair through woodwork. This process also expresses the idea of cherishing old things. “Nursery Rhyme" combines the elements of Yilan International Children’s Folklore & Folktale Festival, which are fun, sensitive and practical.

“Nursery Rhyme" is a simple but exquisite artifact. The beauty of design has been passed on to kids, so that a wooden chair can be not just a friend accompanying them to grow up but a beautiful collection filled with childhood memories.


Designer: Cai Yi-xuan


Scallion stool

[ Judges’ Choice ]


The well-known Sanxing scallions of Yilan are the rewarding results of those hardworking farmers. Daozaicong (the Chinese title of this work, meaning head over the heels) suggests one should never give up even facing frustration or failure. Though the scallions have to be planted backward, the grower still straightens the back to stands up. “Scallion stool" adopts the implication of “Daozaicong," encouraging kids to learn how to assemble their own stools. They can choose the color of the legs and experience the fun of learning through activities.


Designer: Xie Zhong-lin



[ Judges’ Choice ]


Water is an intimate part of the the Kamalan people’s lives, near rivers. Their small villages were built as clusters on riverbanks. The women grew crops and the men hunt animals. They took everything they needed from nature. For centuries, they had led an isolated but free life. “Fusion" adopts the rattan weaving technique and uses banana silk yarn as the waist of the chair to add a soft, curvy shape to the body. Kamalan is the only indigenous tribe in Taiwan that uses banana silk yarn. Plain and simple as it appears, the banana silk yarn also symbolizes the tradition of an important traditional artistry.


Designer: He Jia-feng, Liao Zhi-chen, Lin Pei-yi


The Words of the Rain

[ Judges’ Choice ]


Inspired by the rainy weather of Yilan, “The Words of the Rain” uses clouds and rain as its design imagery, developing three different chairs based on three different weathers. It is trying to show that the sky is telling its stories and expressing its feelings on rainy days, which is why it is named “The Words of the Rain.” Soft cushions with adorable colors make the chairs look fun and friendly, reminding people of the innocent dreams in their childhood.


Designer: Yi Jun-zhe