Industrial designer Min Chen, also known as Miles Chen, was born in an artistic family in Hangzhou, China. Under the influence of his grandfather Zongzao Zhao, who is a very famous artist in China, Min has begun his training in Chinese calligraphy and traditional painting since very young and finds himself always so fascinated by the traditional Chinese art and crafts. In 2001 he went to Germany and had been studied at Köln International School of Design“ / KISD for two years and thereafter successfully completed his BDes(Bachelor of Design) in Design Academy Eindhoven. After some working experience in Amsterdam, he went to Domus Academy in Milan for his Master of Design and graduated with distinction. Afterwards he continued working in Domus as a project assistant and also started some freelance work. In 2010, he decided to go back to China and threw himself into the frontier of industrial design in Guangdong. In 2012, he has been invited to teach in the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and in the meanwhile, he sets up his own practice Atelier Chen Min.
Min Chen has participated in many design exhibitions and merchandise fairs all over the world and his works have been selected and published in many magazines and books in Europe. On the other hand, in China, some of his recent works have been produced and have very good reaction in the market. Min has been invited to give lectures in many universities across the country. His recent work “Min’s Chair“ was exhibited in the National Museum of China in Beijing in 2011.In addition, he is also quite active in writing articles on design for several Chinese design magazines.
Min Chen considers design as a language, which has its origins, depth, and history. It stays open and evolves over the time. It expresses life in all aspects, and becomes the essence of it. Language, on the other hand, has a great variety in all kinds of logic, convention, tradition, culture, and philosophy. And Min Chen’s goal is to find the Chinese language in the world of design.