Liao was established by Jia Hao in Paris, following his graduation from the city’s Creapole School, to deliver interiors, furniture and product design
Jia Hao is founder and designer at Paris-based design studio LIAO, which he set up in 2013 shortly after graduating from his interior architecture course at Creapole in Paris. LIAO takes on a range of interior architecture, furniture design and bespoke projects.
ADAPTable – A flexible table that can be configured as a four-seater dining table or coffee table. Designed specifically for limited-spaced homes where there is no clear definition between a living and dining room. The legs of the piece can detach and be inserted into the tabletop to offer two height options.
‘My first commission was the MODU; it’s a modular sofa inspired by Le Corbusier’s LC2’, he says. It followed a briefing by a client to create a flexible furniture solution featuring a period style. Featuring two basic modules – a polyurethane cushion and coffee table – they are placed by the user on to the sofa’s tubular steel structure.
‘I did several internships during my studies, working mainly on interior design projects that were really interesting – from apartments to private yachts,’ says Hao. He went on to set up his company enabling him to go ‘exploring’ after graduation.
1+1+1 – A three-piece furniture system that can be configured as a coffee table or stool, chair and armchair. ‘The simple and clean lines of the Ming chair were the inspiration of “1+1+1”,’ says Hao. It features a simple latch system for ease of configuration. ‘The backrest and armrest modules are identical and can be stored underneath the coffee table or stool,’ he says.
Interested in product and furniture design Hao started to research modular systems after noting limited spaces in city living. ‘I tend to go for flexible objects rather than static ones,’ he says. ‘I think from a designer point of view I try to give users the freedom to decide on the final aesthetics of the object or product rather than imposing one.’