Interview with designer Raynon Chiu (RC), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Zi Garden/Tangquan Tea Club Sales & Exhibition.

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Interview with Raynon Chiu at Thursday 21st of April 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
RC : Using the ancient principle of Chinese culture, the Tangquan Tea Club uses traditional Chinese materials and ancient architecture styles and techniques to create a space owning the Zen soul, which show the perfect integration of the nature and human.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
RC : Rough green slate and natural wood floors make a direct relation with the exterior surroundings and create an environment of relaxation and simplicity.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
RC : 20days

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
RC : It's ued by another company.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
RC : I think this design full of challenge, i like it .

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
RC : N/A

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
RC : People who want to be relaxed.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
RC : The tea Club was separated into hemi-transparent space by enormous wooden grids, which will takes a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
RC : The name is adopted according to the client's need.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
RC : Sketch, CAD

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
RC : One of the tea rooms on the first floor orienting towards the east whose wall was casted with floor-to-ceiling wooden windows. The lake scenery outside becomes a part of the tea room. This beauty looks just as though a super large dimensional ink painting. You can enjoy the lake views out of the windows in the meantime appreciating tea.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
RC : N/A

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
RC : It mainly take advantage of the sense of space, and bring the beauty of nature into the interior design.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
RC : N/A

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
RC : Yes, some problems faced with the geography conditions.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
RC : N/A