Friday 12 July, 2024

Yu Rong: Specific Yet Universal


The world of design has expanded through the years, making big leaps
between the eras. Design is an art form which allows for the unique, the
eccentric, and the original to flourish. The beauty of design is that it has
limited boundaries and includes the disciplines of art, sculpture,
architecture, and so much more. Yu Rong is one of New York’s most
eccentric and exciting artists who is infusing her signature style and design
in the New York art world.
Yu Rong is an exceptional NYC-based artist who has achieved the ability to
make niche designs in the form of wine goblets. Designing wine goblets is extremely rare due to the artisanal nature of this artform.

It requires a strong understand of traditional design, medieval history, and glass
blowing. Rong is unique as she has chosen to focus her work on creating
and design objects which are both aesthetically interesting and practically
usable. Rong has achieved the sense of universalism in her designs. The
ability to tailor fit a design to functionality while being artistic is part of
Rong’s expertise. Rong has been recognized for her expertise at Milan
Design Week in 2016 and 2017, followed by her participation in Prague
Design Week in 2017. She also displayed her work at the 2019 London
Design Fair. Her exhibitions were remarkably successful, enabling her to
re-design an entire collection of wine goblets, with many concepts in mind
such as touching, stretching, kissing.
Prior to designing goblets, Rong designed toys at the Lighthouse
International Project, an organization serving 1,000 children and youth
from preschool-12th grade. , she designed toys for children with similar
sight issues.
Furthermore, she also retouched images as part of her experience with
Savor: Keepsake Storage Reinvented, a unique furniture design company
with almost 40K followers on Instagram, which was featured in Martha
Stewart Weddings, Home Beautiful, Real Simple & Allure.

The above experiences speak to Rong’s multidimensional understanding of
the visual arts and her expertise in pottery wheel throwing, glass blowing,
jade cutting, woodworking, metalworking, and enameling, all assist her in
understanding the execution process of her designs.
Rong, a unique artist, was sought after by Patrik Ervell, a fashion design
company featured at Milano Fashion Week. She was responsible for
design management, development, sampling, and production. Again this
speaks to Rong’s sensibilities of merging the functionality and design.
It is Yu Rong’s unique yet necessary ability to be intimate with such
concepts that further connect her to a universal audience. Many emotions
are enhanced when it comes to viewing art. But art is not limited to framed
paintings. The artistic expression is audible, visible, and tangible in an
object, such as the wine goblet. Another interesting aspect of Rong’s work
is the bit of emotional experience a person has with the art object once they
use it. Her work is not only artistically accessible for view, but also for use
as well. This is one of the main elements in her work that have guaranteed
her success; the distinct ability to be specific, yet universal.

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