Xiao Tianyu (b. 1987) studied at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Art before gaining an MFA in Industrial Design at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Xiao Tianyu was named as one of China’s up- and-coming industrial designers by luxury culture website Jing Daily in 2013. His designs combine local Chinese culture with modern aesthetics and functions. His furniture designs include a transformable desk, which can serve as a traditional Chinese tea table but is also fitted with reversible wood and slate panels that can be written on. He designed this piece while studying in Sweden and it was exhibited at the 2011 Stockholm Furniture Fair.