Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Patricia Johnson

Second Advisor

Felipe Leonardo

Third Advisor

Peter Dean


“Each material has its own personality. What we need to do, as a co-worker, is to understand the material characteristics, negotiate with these materials and find a common space to create a beautiful design along with the materials.”------ Yuya Zhou

From the flexible use of biodegradable materials by the Yanomami people, to the brief introduction of the concept of biodesign, and to the organic combination of biodesign and furniture design, it is clear to see that furniture not only undertakes the functionalities as a product, but also plays an important role in constructing a harmonious environment and improving people’s mental health. How to make people fully feel the organic combination and interaction with nature? How to adapt the indigenous wisdom to the current living circumstance? How can we coexist with nature harmoniously without affecting the ecology? These are the challenges for all of us.


View exhibition online: Yuya Zhou, Live in nature & design with nature



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