About Us

Our Story

ABOVE is a Providence-based studio that designs and manufactures furni- ture products for residential and commercial places. Created in 2017 by Lu Xu, Zihan Zhang.

Our exploration into the balance between the emotional expression and the beauty of the nature above life. Through capture suprising moments sur- round us to seek the passiblity of connection between our products and our customers. 

LuXu_ .jpg



He was born in China.
Lu trained and completed his BFA at the Centre Acadey of Fine Art from 2006 to 2010, Beijing, China. After some practical work experience in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, he went to the renowned Rhode Island School of Design in the US for his MFA in furniture design from 2015 to 2017 and graduating with distinction. Recently he lives and works in Providence, USA.

Education Background

MFA, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

BFA, Center Academy of Fine Art (CAFA)


2016 Department of Furniture Design Triennial Exhibition PROVIDENCE,US 2015 Iterations RISD graduate furniture exhibition , PROVIDENCE, US 2010 London Zed Pavilion, Shanghai Expo, SHANGHAI ,CHINA
2009 Design for sitting Exhibition, SHANGHAI, CHINA
2009 Interiorlifestyle CHINA ( ILC ) Ambiente, SHANGHAI, CHINA
2009 100% Design Exhibition Award Finalist, BEIJING, CHINA
2008 China International Industrial Design Expo
(30 cutting-edge designers invited invitational exhibition), WUXI, CHINA 


zihan  .jpg


Zihan Zhang was born on May 21, 1990 in Anhui, China. He is a designer and artist who is focused on furniture and industrial design, also interested in photograph and painting.

Rhode Island School of Design (MFA)

An systematized design program of furniture and related theories that pre- pares students for opportunities in professional careers. multiple elective programs such as photograph and shoe making for opportunities in profes- sional career and presonal preference.

China Academy of Art (BFA)

An interdisciplinary design program of product, furniture, interaction, au- tomotive and related theories that prepares students for opportunities in professional and further academic careers.


Charles & Ray Eames Award 2017
China Academy of Art Excellent Graduation Works Award 2013
IF Student Design Awards 2013
Dongguan Cup International Industrial Design Competition 2011 Hangzhou City Mayor’s Cup Industrial Design Competition 2011&2012


WantedDesign Manhattan Launch Pad 2017
RISD Grad Thesis Show 2017
The 7th China International Furniture Fair 2014 (Hangzhou)
The 34th China International Furniture Fair 2014 (Guangzhou) CAA Excellent Student Grad Exhibition 2013
CAA Studenr Grad Exhibition 2013
Selected Student Work Exhibition at China Academy of Art 2010