Founder and Principal Designer of Illusory Material
Jiani Zeng (zh: 曾佳旎) is an experimental designer and researcher focusing on creating tangible and responsive experiences. Her work exists on the boundary between the digital and physical realms, reinventing material expression and exploring new design opportunities with emerging technology such as AIoT, soft-robotics, and multi-material 3D printing. Jiani graduated from MIT, her work has been awarded with Red Dot Best of the Best, IF Design Award, Architizer A+, Core77 Design Award, IDEA Silver, A'Design Award Platinum and Gold, and featured by Fast Company, Dezeen, Financial Times, Domus, Dexigner, INNOVATION Magazine, FRAME, Marie Claire, Women of China and CBS. She and her co-founder Honghao Deng are recognized as the “Next Generation 2021” designers by Wallpaper Magazine. She is a co-founder of Illusory Material Inc. and Butlr Technologies Inc, currently based in San Francisco.