Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Shigui Liu ("SL") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
SL : In 2005 graduated from the "Art and Design College" of Shenzhen University. I have been engaged in design work for 15 years. I am now the creative director of "LSG Design Office".
SL : I have been drawing since childhood. Around the second grade of elementary school, I started studying art. Now I am still engaged in exciting design work. All the work I do now comes from deep love and interest.
SL : Of course, I chose this industry voluntarily.
SL : I am a comprehensive designer, and have done design-related work in architecture, landscape planning, interior design, and graphic design. I hope to do more research and discussion on architecture and interior design.
SL : The most important thing for young people is to use their precious time to try more new things and learn more about them. Eventually you will find out what really touches your heart.
SL : The biggest difference, I think, is the pursuit of "quality" and "details". Excellent designers are more pursuing perfection, and sometimes even look at their works with a nearly harsh and critical eye.
SL : Good design must come from life and return to life. If I just design something weird and innovative, just to get the attention of others, then I would not recognize this kind of work. Good design should allow people to experience the "emotion" of the designer in the work, and "emotion" is the cornerstone for the best life for us, and it can also inspire us to rethink and recreate life.
SL : Good design can enhance people's aesthetics and promote people's desire for beautiful things. Investing in good design is investing in a good future.
SL : I hope to design for everyone who can understand and appreciate our work.
SL : I hope to design more commercial space and hotel space. It is best to start with project planning, including integrated design of architecture, interior space, and landscape.
SL : Design must have planning ability, good design is not only a form, but more important is its internal business logic and long-term planning. Of course, the originality and uniqueness of the work will make people impressed, but the internal business logic will enable it to survive for a long time.
SL : The designers I admire more are: Tadao Ando, Le Corbusier, Miyazaki, Alva Aalto, Zaha Hadid, etc.
SL : I prefer designers who have their own unique insights and design language. Because through these different design languages or insights, it can trigger me to rethink things.
SL : I have many design works. If I have to choose the best one, I really don't know how to choose. Because I am still young, there are more designs waiting to be created and realized in the future. Relatively speaking, this FIT BAR project, which won the gold award, did indeed take some effort. It has not only achieved great commercial success, but also won many domestic and foreign professional awards in design.
SL : It is recommended to look with your own eyes, measure with your own steps, touch with your own hands, and finally feel it with your heart. Why the works of the design masters are great and outstanding must be personally experienced and realized, not just reading books or simply listening to others.
SL : To perceive good works, and then slowly try to transform these excellent works into our own thinking and enhance our own design taste. Slowly, it will be closer to the designer and one step closer.
SL : In China, we often talk to colleagues about the word design, which can be said separately. It contains two meanings.
SL : My team and family are my biggest supporters.
SL : Grinding and perception in daily life.
SL : The focus and direction of the project cannot be more accurately grasped. There are no more items to exercise.
SL : Every project design is a long process. Once the project has started, it cannot be stopped until the project is perfectly presented. Only in this way can the friends and family who silently support us be proud.
SL : My next project is the design of a small commercial complex. We will try some parametric design languages. Hope to bring some different consumer experiences to people.
SL : I hope that our team can go to the world and let more people recognize and pay attention to us. We hope that our works will bring people a little different feeling.
SL : This is an interesting topic. I am not very well-known now, but I have my own opinions and ideas on project design. I hope people will remember "LSG Design Office" in the future.
SL : Design with heart to create a better life.
SL : Recently, several bars and commercial complexes are being designed. Every item of ours, regardless of size, also makes us feel interested and excited.
SL : Satisfied projects include "Zhongli Joint Office Project", "FIT BAR", "Circle Creation" and so on. Because after the completion of these projects, we and the owners have become friends. The commercial success due to our design has also led to our long-term cooperation again.
SL : This era is the era of AI and 5G, so who can better grasp the characteristics of this era in the next few years, can become the darling of this era.
SL : Towards artificial intelligence, to a broader direction of electronic information culture.
SL : Ordinary projects will usually be completed within 2-3 months. Some particularly large projects will be completed in about one year, or longer.
SL : We will communicate first, have an in-depth understanding of the project site, and conduct research on the project background. Rather than designing immediately.
SL : Space is the magnetic field of emotion, and emotion determines the final choice.
SL : Both exist at the same time. Only by creating according to the actual needs of the project can we design works with real meaning.
SL : It can make people see and understand the design of the project more intuitively.
SL : I will think about the logic behind this design, and also want to understand the author's own background and cognition.
SL : Sometimes fame is not about how many awards you get. Designers often lack promotion and publicity about themselves, and often famous masters are very outstanding in theory, practice and promotion.
SL : Gray and orange, Shenzhen and Tokyo, spring and autumn, reading and traveling.
SL : Once participated in the lighting design competition in Japan. After we are shortlisted, we plan to make real models in China, but for various external reasons, we need the Japanese sponsor's branch in China to help make the models together. Then I found a cooperation unit from Taiwan to assist. The Taiwanese company held a half-day meeting, but was still not sure whether it could make this model. Finally, the person in charge of Japan directly said "Can it be made? Can or can't." As a result, the other party immediately agreed to say "yes". This is the difference. It also made me understand the rigor and strong execution of the Japanese. This may be the reason why Japanese design has always been good.
SL : At that time, there were indeed dreams of becoming an artist. However, there are still some differences from the designer. Designers are more like "inventors" or "makers".
SL : I believe that the future must belong to the era of information technology. After a thousand years, mankind may establish a new human civilization beyond the earth.
SL : Welcome to check our WeChat public platform "LSG 设计事务所", which has more of our works and materials.
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