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Meet Hongtao Zhou PhD an artist designer and engineer working in the interdisciplinary areas of furniture design, engineering, installation and performance. For more on this one of a kind furniture maker please take a look at his most excellent website www.hongtaozhou.com !
1.] Name: Hongtao Zhou
2.] Are you a full time maker, educator, or how do you spend most of your time?
student spent time at school in studio
3.] What is your favorite piece of furniture to make?
ice and snow furniture
4.] Do you plan before making, plan as you make, or make before planning?
plan before making
5.] On a scale of 1 – 10 how clean is your personal work space right now? 1= immaculate 10 = would take five minutes to find a screwdriver.
6.] What hand tool do you reach for the most? Be specific.
7.] What was your favorite toy growing up?
i didn't have toys
8.] If you were left stranded in the forest with only three tools what would they be?
knife, rope and a container
9.] Favorite Wood: ash
Least favorite Wood: cherry
10.] What was the first piece of furniture you ever made (are you brave enough to post a picture?)
11.] Who is your woodworking mentor?
12.] What did you think you wanted to be when you were growing up?
13.] Which is More – Less or More?
At FS2010 Hongtao's Presents:
Furniture's life cycle usually starts with consuming natural resources (energy, materials, etc.) and ends with environmental aftereffects (deforestation, CO2 /chemical emission, landfill, etc.). The presentation introduces the concept of Furniture Life Cycle, which is different from any biological life cycles concerning reproduction and environmental impact. More or less, man made furniture leaves environmental and social impact when reaching the ends of life. Life CycleAnalysis is introduced to the makers to compare these furniture examples interms of energy input, transportation issues, environmental and social impacts. If there are ways to extend the furniture life span and reduce the impacts, what are they? Several guide lines (from different organizations and industries) will be presented and discussed. One more question, what is the future green material culture in furniture? What should we do?