He has won some of the prestigious awards with his design creations in China and is known for his elegant designing skills. Li Yizhong established his firm in 2012 and within a short span has become renowned as an award-winning interior designing firm in China.
Plush Drawing Room
Luxe interiors are his specialty. In 2014, he went ahead to establish DSSY Residential Interior Design, a subsidiary specializing in high-end residential design for his elite clients. Needless to say, his projects are winning prestigious awards in various competitions and award festivals.
Johnny D talks to Li Yizhong, the Chinese interior designer about his award-winning project.
Johnny D: Please tell our esteemed readers about Li Yizhong Interior Design and DSSY Residential Interior Design.
Li Yizhong: Li Yizhong Interior Design was established in 2012. We are an award-winning interior design firm, based in China. Our approach is a blend of simple and modern with luxurious interiors.
I established a subsidiary of Li Yizhong Interior Design – DSSY Residential Interior Design in 2014. The subsidiary is specialized in high-end residential design for the rich and famous clients.
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JD: What are the current projects, the firms are busy with?
LYZ: One of our main businesses is the Real estate interior designing. Commercial designing is another aspect. As I have told you above, DSSY Residential Interior Design provides professional design services of private residences for elite class clients.
We are working with some of the top real estate’s companies and major groups.
JD: What was the Client’s brief?
LYZ: The client was not happy with the earlier design, which he had. He wanted a modern look for the Villa.
Al Fresco Dining
JD: What were the major challenges faced by your team while designing the Shenzhen Victoria Harbour Villa Project?
LYZ: Our esteem client Mr. Xu was looking for a modern look for the interiors. However, we realized the structure of the house differed from the usual ones. The main challenge was to create a design layout without making any changes in the existing structures. While we had to create a stylish space, we had to make sure our client would be happy and content to live in the Villa.
A View of the Courtyard
Mr. Xu had his ideas to have a large outdoor glass fishbowl. The challenge was to convince him that by expanding the exterior space for basement would increase the air circulation and bring in natural light to benefit his health. After the completion of the project, he seems very happy about it.
Doing the right things is one of my design principles.
JD: How did you overcome them creatively? Please elaborate.
LYZ: We installed a glass roof for the courtyard to create a new interior space;
Chic Designed Furniture
- Set up a house elevator to increase convenience;
- Took the core of the first floor, set the basement and the second floor as the public space, and the third and fourth floor as bedrooms;
- Built a green wall system;
- Expanded the exterior space of the basement to improve natural light and ventilation.
Modern Open Kitchen
JD: Please specify briefly the reasons behind the major “Design Elements” incorporated in the project?
LYZ: We bring sense of design and modern ideas into this program to create a simple and comfortable space, showcasing strong structure of beauty. Light pours down through the skylight ceiling and is reflected off the green wall, thereby, bringing life to the space.
A View from the Top
JD: How would you define the elegance in design?
LYZ: Elegance is “just right” and can accurately control the proportion.
JD: What was the time-period of the project from the designing stage to completion?
LYZ: It took us one and half a years.
JD: What was the total area of the project?
LYZ: It was 620 sq m.
Plush Bedroom and Bath
JD: What was the approximate cost of the project?
LYZ: Its cost was 4,000,000 CNY.
JD: What is your Signature Style?
LYZ: Contemporary, simple and oriental taste.
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JD: Please specify 5 major ‘Sustainability’ Characteristics incorporated in this project.
LYZ: They are as follows:
- The glass atrium lets the sunshine into the interior space;
- The green wall becomes the interior landscape to re-create nature;
- The ventilation equipment improves the air quality of interior space;
- According to the features of indoor vertical height, we used “Chimney Effect” to form the circulation and flow of air for all the floors;
- The roof garden is the bridge to nature.
JD: What is the most important aspect of interior designing?
LYZ: Interior planning and the spatial experience it brings to you.
JD: How would you describe the feelings of winning an award?
LYZ: My efforts have been recognized once again.
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JD: How would you describe Li Yizhong as a professional and as a person?
LYZ: As a professional, I am a thinking strategist, whose works are modern and simple with oriental charm. As a person, I am pragmatist and a romanticist with noble characters and free personality, who pursuits life style.
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JD: Please mention 5 Major Awards won recently by your firm along with Project’s Name.
LYZ: They are as follows:
- 2016 Shenzhen LOHO City won Best Interior Design of BEST 100;
- 2015 Shenzhen Victoria Harbour Villa won Best Villa Design of Jintang Price;
- 2015 Shenzhen COFCO Business Park won Best Public Space – Commercial Space Award of China National Interior Decoration Association (CIDA);
- 2015 Shenzhen Victoria Harbour Villa won Best Living Space – Villa Design Award of China National Interior Decoration Association (CIDA);
- 2015 Xi’an Vanke Hi-Tech Urban Mansion Sales Center won Best Show Room Award of BEST 100.
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