Founded by Lv Yongzhong, BANMOO is a Shanghai-based furniture design studio that “derives the ‘halfness’ (半 or ‘ban’) from the ‘fullness’ (满 or ‘man’). By carving out the innate essence from the ornate whole, BANMOO’s philosophy gives users the aesthetic freedom for spatial and temporal exploration…a discourse between Oriental aesthetic attitudes and individualistic creative approaches”. Via EightSix.
Founded in Shanghai in 2006, multi-disciplinary design studio Neri&Hu represent a new, modern Chinese aesthetic. The designers behind the brand intend to “spark the potential of Chinese design and evoke change”. Additionally, they seek both top-quality materials and craftsmanship for the production of their works: “All products are hand-made…a reflection of a place whose masters of trade can still be found waiting for patrons in the lanes of Shanghai”. See more.
Gu Qi is a furniture designer based in Beijing. He majored in industrial design and graduated from Huaqiao University, Fujian in 2005. Originally from northeast China, Gu Qi travelled extensively in China’s coastal cities such as Changzhou, Xiamen and Shanghai before arriving in Beijing. Design China sat down with him this week to discuss his journey to date.
Congratulations to PINWU (INNOVO) for winning the 2012 SaloneSatellite Design Report Award. They are the first Chinese designer team to achieve this award. Learn more.
Founded by Zhang Lei in 2004, INNOVO is a Hangzhou-based product design collective that design simple products which embody various aspects of traditional Chinese culture, whilst also focusing on sustainability and the environment. Last month, INNOVO exhibited as part of Wuhao @ The Teahouse, Beijing Design Week 2011 and were also recently awarded the 2011 IF Product Design Award.