• Grid System, Ying Chang. Photo : Ian Bartlett
  • Grid System, Ying Chang. Photo : Ian Bartlett
  • Grid System, Ying Chang. Photo : Ian Bartlett
  • Grid System, Ying Chang. Photo : Ian Bartlett
  • Grid System, Ying Chang. Photo : Ian Bartlett
  • Grid System, Ying Chang. Photo : Ian Bartlett
designers shortlist 2015
Ying Chang
United Kingdom
Grid System

Through Grid System, Ying Chang aims to develop out of the classical design of a two dimensional table, that of a plateau without depth resting upon a base. The net area of this essential piece of furniture might however extend in three dimensions, compiling the numerous functions afforded to it by our contemporaries (eating, working, storing, exhibiting, etc.). The designer wishes to free herself of conventional uses and contexts in order to conceive a universal and progressive piece of furniture which could be a docking station for temporary needs.
In order to design this “personal platform”, she takes her inspiration from the rationalistic grid system as defined by the Superstudio group at the end of the 1960’s She borrows the same formal language, creating chequered shapes – a mesh grid of steel baskets in a nylon coating – according to the standard formats of A5, A4 and A3. These compartments are inserted around horizontal bars in aluminium attached to the lateral frame. Shelves, dividers in aluminium sheet metal and wooden, mirrored and concrete accessories can be affixed or compartmentalise these shapes, which can also be removed from the table area and transformed into stools or magazine racks.In the same fashion as our smartphones, the table becomes a multitasking object, materialising the infinite possibilities to which our connected computers have accustomed us.

Text — Magalie Guérin