Hailing from Shandong, China, Li attended the Beijing University of Technology, Art & Design before coming to the Cranbrook Academy of Art for his M.F.A. degree. And it’s these kinds of diverse cultural experiences that inspire him the most.
“I like travelling because I get to experience a lot of different things: different buildings, different music, different food, etc. As a designer, I like collecting different cultural experiences and try to embed them in design. I like to let the story behind decide the form of the design, making every design unique and narrative.”
The Fairy Tale collection that Li designed for Stori Modern was inspired by the classic look of traditional Chippendale furniture and the simplicity of modern metal tubing technique.
“I decided to combine them together, to make a modern version of Chippendale furniture collection, which is simpler, more cost effective and more durable.”
Site Li’s favorite stori is another classic: The Old Man and the Sea.