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About Refaeli Yaofei Ma

Refaeli Ma is an accomplished Product Design and an Industrial Designer currently based in Los Angeles. Over the years, Refaeli has participated in many important design projects for different companies as a mature Product Designer, such as the most famous Italian furniture company, The Luxury Living Group; the Pretika Corporation; Unicorns & Unicorns, and one of the biggest design agencies in L.A. the PHENOMENON. Furthermore, Refaeli gained attention as a designer by being recognized with many prestigious awards in this industry, such as the Bienenstock Furniture Design Competition, European Product Design Award, and the A’Design Award and Competition. Refaeli was also selected to participate in the world-renowned ICFF NYC Furniture Show and even went on to become the Jury Member of the A’Design Award in 2018. Such a diverse background makes her observe the world from different dimensions. Her advice for emerging designers is that “a successful product should be a combination of rational and emotion, through logical research and analysis to design the product that meets the emotional needs of customers. The design process is also a process of self-reflection for me. I learn a lot and see a lot while solving each design problem. Meeting different users, clients, and continuously transposing considerations made me more empathetic than before. I now always imagine how users will engage with my design and anticipate that their high standards are as high as my own. I have to make sure that every detail is considered, every texture is explored, and each experience is curated emotionally.” For her, Product Design is not just about the business and client, form and function; it’s the polyphonic music that she writes with emotion and functional melody.

Interview with Refaeli Yaofei Ma

Refaeli Yaofei Ma ("RYM") interviewed on Friday, 16 March.

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?

RYM : Hi, my name is Refaeli Yaofei Ma.Eight years ago, I started my design journey in Fashion Design, learned how to look at the world emotionally, and how to use the emotional needs and trends to design attractive products. Fashion Design is not only about beautiful creations, but also about representing miniature of the society and culture. This is not enough for me; I crave a more profound design philosophy.Product Design has given me more skills and a brand new dimension to observe this world; I can design sensible and rational products through logical research and analysis of customers' emotional needs. The design process is a reflection process for me. I get a lot and see a lot while solving each problem. Meeting different users and continuously transposition consideration made me more empathetic than before. I always imagine how users will engage with my designs and anticipate that their high standards are as high as my own. I’m picky, I have to make sure that every detail is considered, every texture is explored, and each experience is curated emotionally.Product Design is not just about you and me, form and function; it’s polyphonic music that we write together with emotion and functional melody.

Refaeli Yaofei Ma Profile

Leira Lounge Chair

Leira Lounge Chair design by Refaeli Yaofei Ma


Y3 Neue Treadmill Running Shoe

Y3 Neue Treadmill Running Shoe design by Refaeli Yaofei Ma

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