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Sam Tsai
Architecture & Design

Sam Tsai

Co-founder and COO, PileUp Life
Location: Taiwan

Born into a 45-year-old furniture manufacturer, Sam Tsai experienced the prosperity and decline of Taiwan’s furniture industry. Familiar with and keen on industrial manufacturing since childhood and aware of the transformation of the traditional industry, he chose to study industrial design at Parsons School of Design in New York, after which he returned to Taiwan with new design concepts in the hope of making some changes to the traditional industry. With a view to inheriting resources and preserving existing crafts, he founded PileUp Life with his schoolmate Lawrence Yen as a contemporary furniture brand that would challenge the stereotypes of the traditional industry by fusing creative elements into traditional crafts. PileUp Life blazed a trail with its distinctive business model and unique products. Based in Taiwan and extending across the world, the company strives to put the vitality and creativity of Taiwan on display.

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