Zhipeng Tan

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Zhipeng Tan
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Alma materChina Academy of Art
OccupationContemporary designer
Years active2015-Present
OrganizationMán-mán Design[1]
Known forSculptural brass design pieces that are created with the ancient technique of lost-wax casting
Spouse(s)Daishi Luo
  • Back to the Future (2019)
  • Young Art Talents (2017)
  • Emerging Chinese Designer (2017)

Zhipeng Tan (b. 1992) is a Chinese contemporary designer, known for his sculptural brass design pieces that are created with the ancient technique of lost-wax casting[2] [3]. He founded a design studio called Mán-mán Design[4] with Daishi Luo in 2015 [2]. He lives and works in Shanghai, China.


Tan resides and works in Shanghai, China. He graduated from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, in 2015 with an industrial design degree. In the same year, he established a design studio, Mán-mán Design,[5] with his life partner, Daishi Luo. Focusing on the ancient techniques of lost-wax casting, Tan explores his interest in organic forms [2]. Through the traditional foundry process, he restructures his surroundings such as water and plants into his own way of interpretation of anthropomorphic themes [2] [6]. Although Tan was trained as an industrial designer, he approaches his work as a sculptor, pushing the line between art and design, finding a harmonious fusion of sculpture and furniture [2] [7].


While he received rigorous education in computer modeling, Tan develops all concepts exclusively with hand drawing, favoring the direct connection to his work that sketching provides. "Every line in the artwork is touched by me,” he says [2]. Most of his work is hand-sculpted in clay, and the final outcome is achieved through casting, hammering, welding, and polishing.

He has selected brass as his most preferred medium in part because of its connection to historical tradition, but most especially because of its warm color, rich luster, and versatility [2].

Inspired by the art & design masters such as Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Constantin Brancusi, Jeff Koons, and Takashi Murakami, Tan expresses his own exuberance and original imagination through his work [2]. All his works are reflections of his own worlds within worlds, exploring fundamental humanity and a desire to discover his inner will [7].

Selected exhibitions


Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, United States

Design Miami, Miami, United States

West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai, China

Design Miami/ Basel,[8] Basel, Switzerland

JingArt,[9] Beijing, China Metropolitan Sets, 1stdibs, Los Angeles, United States

Hi Art Space, Shanghai, China

Maison & Objet, Paris, France


Design Miami, Miami, United States

JingArt,[10] Beijing, China

Here is Now, Long Museum in collaboration with Hi Art Space, Shanghai, China

Design Shanghai,[11] Shanghai, China

Coast Gallery, Zhuhai, China


Collective Design,[12] New York, United States

Salon Art + Design,[13] New York, United States

Design Miami, Miami, United States

The New Creative: The Future of Chinese Design, Shanghai, China

Design Shanghai,[14] Shanghai, China

An Exhibition of Chinese Tableware Design and Culture, Paris, France

Rong 5 Years, Hand Made in Hangzhou,[15] Milan, Italy


Design Miami, Miami, United States

Shanghai Art Fair,[16] Shanghai, China

World Industrial Design Conference, Hangzhou, China

Rong Copper, Hand Made in Hangzhou,[17] Hangzhou, China

Milano Design Week, Milan, Italy

An Exhibition of Chinese Tableware Design and Culture, Milan/ Venice, Italy

Selected awards


Back to the Future, Elle Decoration China,[18] Shanghai, China


Young Art Talents, China National Arts Fund

Emerging Chinese Designer, Architectural Digest China,[19] Shanghai, 2017

Selected museum collections

  • Lotus Telephone Table for Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, New York, United States
  • Lotus Coffee Table and Lotus Side Table for HE Art Museum,[20] Shunde, China

Selected commissions

From the Melting Collection, Tan's Melting Console Table was born and specifically designed for Kylie Jenner, acquired through Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design [21]. His works have been recognized worldwide and acquired by the world’s best interior designers including but not limited to, Ingrao Inc., David Scott Interiors, Peter Marino Architects, and Ashiesh Shah Architecture + Design [22] [23] [24].

External links


  1. "Mán-mán Design". manmandesign.com. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Wen, Zhu (27 November 2019). "Interview with Mán-Mán Studio: furniture or art? | China Design Centre". www.chinadesigncentre.com. Retrieved 2020-03-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Fall 2019". Raymond James. Retrieved 2020-03-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "STUDIO MÁNMÁN". manmandesign.com. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  5. "Mán-mán Design". manmandesign.com. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  6. "Top 100 Inspirations From The Exclusive Design World". Boca do Lobo | Inspiration and Ideas. 2019-07-18. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Oliveira, Fábio (26 June 2019). "Creative and Contemporary Collectible Designs by Zhipeng Tan". Covet Foundation Design & Craftsmanship.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "DesignMiami/". basel2020.designmiami.com. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  9. "Home". www.jingart.com.cn. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  10. "Home". www.jingart.com.cn. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  11. "Home". Design Shanghai. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  12. "COLLECTIVE DESIGN | HOME". www.collectivedesignfair.com. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  13. "Salon Art + Design | New York | Art + Design Fair". thesalonnyv2. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  14. "Home". Design Shanghai. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  15. "Rong". www.handmadeinhangzhou.com. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  16. "The Shanghai Art Fair". The Shanghai Art Fair. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  17. "Rong". www.handmadeinhangzhou.com. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  18. "【家居廊ELLEDECO】家居创意设计-ELLE中文网". ELLE China. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  19. "Emerging Chinese Designer". www.adstyle.com.cn. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  20. "HE ART MUSEUM". hem.org. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  21. Rus, Mayer (5 February 2019). "Kylie Jenner's Hidden Hills Home Is Equal Parts Sparkle and Sumptuousness". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2020-03-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. Doolin, Hannah (1 November 2019). "This Light and Spacious Sky-High Apartment Celebrates Scandinavian Design". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2020-03-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. D’Mello, Rosalyn (14 December 2018). "Ashiesh Shah dazzles with his design for Shreyasi Goenka's Mumbai home". Architectural Digest India. Retrieved 2020-03-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. Kowalski, Kristine Hope (1 February 2019). "David Scott Creates Art-Filled Dining Room for Kips Bay Palm Beach". Retrieved 2020-03-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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