Growing up in nature


“I was born in a small town in Liaoning province. And that is a very special place, from where takes only 10 mins to get to the beautiful rural scenery. The other direction will lead to the center of downtown. It combines the natural environment and urban life, not exactly a countryside nor city center.  When I was in primary school, I usually went to riverbank catching fishes after class. Also, I would spend a weekend wandering in the city.”

▼ 古奇老家的山水,the landscape of Guqi’s hometown


▼ 梵几家具在自然, the furniture of Fnji in the landscape


Be eager for good design


“My pursuit for design showed up when I was a kid. I would cherish all the well-designed things because back to the time we grew up, good designs are not easy to access. Baubles brought by my relatives from Taiwan are all treasures to me. The rarity makes them even valued.”

▼古奇在日本淘货, “Treasure hunting” in Japan


▼ 梵几品牌下生野安室的杂货,the groceries for sale in Fnji


Be myself


“For me, the most important thing is to be myself, which means to do the things I want, including all aspects from design, shopping experience to customer service. We take them seriously and take the work as a holistic system instead of separated elements like figure or wood. Things don’t work in that way. It is an integrated system, a system of experience that would effect our lifestyle.”

▼与团队讨论工作环节的古奇, Guqi discussing with his team

Care about the nature


“As far as I am concerned, the most important point is paying attention to nature. Taking the name of Fnji as an example, it contains something about Zen. We will focus on how to live naturally, and the concept of increasing harmony between nature and human beings.”

▼ 梵几 – 禅意自然,Fnji – about Zen and nature


The process of making a piece of furniture
“Each piece of furniture was born with uniqueness. Some were designed according to the needs of customers, something of a rigid demand, such as a particular bookshelf or wardrobe. While others were based on the accumulation of daily experience through observing all the aspects of nature and everyday life. The time that Fnji releases our design is not rigid. We usually make exclusive products, when I personally have some requirements of furnish design, then the process will begin after we sort those ideas out. “
▼ 设计中的古奇,Guqi is working

“R & D process requires the designer to visit a lot of manufacturers. Some are related to the material, and the others are involved in specialized hardware, these developments are gradually carried out. A table will come after the finished sofa, and they are from completely different manufacturers. I always went to the factories with my assistant, because every detail of the making progress deserves close attention. When a piece of furniture has been done proofing three or four times, even more than eight times, we will make the final decision. And the most exciting moment is when opening the door and seeing the actual object in the factory for the first time.”
▼ 让古奇兴奋的家具产品放置在他精心设计的店铺体验环境中,the well-designed shop with his favourit furnitures
8.jpg 家具的创新探索
Explore the innovation of the furniture
“We just extract the Chinese traditional Tenon structure and apply it to node connection part, while the whole design is still based on the extension of the Nordic style of integral solid wood. Therefore fnji is not entirely Western nor Chinese. Fabrics and metals are what we are now focusing on.
Upholstery is the key element for European brands, as for Japanese ones, wood is. But speaking of comfort, European furniture is more user-friendly, so I will assure the frequently-used furniture is upholstered. The metal is more flexible than solid wood when requiring the same rigidity. For example, it may take at least a 40mm-thick wood to achieve the same rigidness which brings greater restrictions.
The new series of 2017 will be unveiled, regarding of the price, soft-packaged chairs make it more affordable than usual. Before the structural amelioration, a round-backed armchair of Fnji takes about 3000 RMB, yet now takes only two third of it.”
▼ 梵几2017年新品,the new series of 2017
Opportunities & Challenges
“The concept of furniture design comes from western countries. Our understanding of furniture design has just been formed and still remained in an initial stage. However, what we have to focus on is not the gap between us, but the things that we can do. I believe that in the future, popular furniture in China will be designed by Chinese people. And this is beyond doubt because we know about our own things better.
People now still recognize our design as a style of Japanese, I think this misunderstanding is the greatest challenge we are facing with. After we had studied from Japan and nordic, they inspired us to carry on exploring the particular line. The most vital task is giving others a spontaneously think, this is from China, and that is important.”
▼ 梵几代表家具与新品,the representative work and new series of 2017