Colour By Numbers: Kenyon Yeh

In a climate mindful of careless disposal you’d be forgiven for the circumspect behaviour carried out by so many designers nowadays. But every now and again a bright spark swoops in that shakes things up; reminds us why it is we choose to surround ourselves with things of great beauty, but more importantly, of carefree playfulness. A shining example of this, Kenyon Yeh is in fact becoming an old hat at it.

A furniture designer based in Taiwan, Yeh’s designs get ever more lighthearted than the previous as he continues to engage colour and fluidity through his collections. Graduated in 2009 from Kingston University, he studied an MA in Furniture Design under the likes of Colin Holden and Simon Hasan. “Since my training at Kingston University, I started to find my way of design thinking. I learnt about the process of designing, making decisions that lead to another. So I try to design a product that is quick and simple but has some meaning in each object. I am only just beginning to start to shape my career as a designer.”

His striking modesty is reflected in his work as he creates everyday objects that would be as appealing to a five year old as a collector. “My inspiration very often comes from making small paper models, and somehow by making models it leads me to a new and very different idea. Most of the inspiration comes from nowhere, the object or idea just pops up in my mind and from that point I transfer it straight to a paper or 3D model”, explains Yeh. Maintaining the everyday necessity for function, he instead, intertwines vibrant primary colours with an almost mischievous poke at the angles of convention. I imagine him scurrying away at plywood and concrete as if playing a game of Jenga, testing how far he can push the materials with which he has chosen to work with.

In agreement with him when asked which are his personal favourite pieces he’s designed over the years, he informs, “It would be my unique collection UNIKEA, each piece still stands out even now. The UNIKEA collection when I had my study in Kingston University. I’d got an overwhelming feedback from the final show, which was a great experience.”

Carving himself a unique design identity, he has exhibited his work at Milan Design Week and as part of the British Council in Taipei, but his personal highlight was at TENT, as part of London Design Festival. Keeping his cards close to his chest when it comes to his next steps, Yeh seeks to ever balance the perfection between transpiring creativity and traditional craftsmanship.