Today we’d like to introduce you to Ge Song.
Hi Ge, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
In 2020, I moved from Chicago to Pasadena to start my furniture design journey. During my time here, I traveled around LA to find materials, learned the manufacturing process, and met people from different backgrounds. The cultural diversity here encouraged me to explore new possibilities in design based on my heritage growing up in China. As a result, I was committed to fostering a tighter intimacy through people’s reactions to cultivating and touching. I am passionate about building meaningful connections by creating sensory designs.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
When I first got into furniture design, with my background in fine art, I sought to use it as a means of self-expression. However, as I worked on more projects, I slowly felt the urge to extend my expression to a larger audience. I found it meaningful but also challenging, upscaling and telling the story not only for myself.
My culture has constantly inspired me, shaped how I create things and influenced the way I sense the world. Use one of my designs as an example; Fortune Fold is a chair inspired by the folding process of making Chinese dumplings. I got the idea when I watched my friend cook frozen dumplings, all of which were similar in shape, color, and taste. However, when I was a kid, the dumplings I made with my family were so different in shape, unique in their own ways. I decided to fuel this project with childhood creation to explore the possibilities of the structure and innovate the furniture-making process. The choice of felt is most suitable for this project because it has randomness in its form that can be controlled by the structure I designed.
While exhibiting this piece at the New York ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) this year, people came, sat in the chair, and told me about their own experiences, about how they made ravioli with their family when they were kids and how the happiness stays with them through all these years. This was when I realized that my story was not just an important part of my heritage but shared with people from different backgrounds.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
People enjoy reuniting with family and making dumplings to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Folding, pinching, and sculpting together create a lively atmosphere. The Fortune Fold is a chair derived from the folding process of making dumplings; it was an innovative moment in my childhood. The form is folded and sculpted with a piece of industrial felt, which wraps up the upholstery. The shape is fastened by six-round components to discuss the possibility of the structure and innovate the furniture-making process.
Hui is a floor lamp inspired by my story of a natural disaster when I was a Child. It is created to build an optimistic connection between objects and humans. I am committed to bringing the memories into reality, using the past pain to create a warm light to cherish the present happiness.
What were you like growing up?
I was born and raised in a typical Chinese family in northern China. My grandfather, a well-known woodworker in his village, built furniture for all his neighbors. He passed away when I was only three but left many drawings and tools in the family. My dad would tell me stories about him, and my friends and I built windmills in his backyard. It was my first memory of building something myself, and I felt a connection with my grandfather.
- Website: https://www.gesong-design.com
- Instagram: gesong0219