With several months to go before graduation, CCAD senior Hongchao Wang is already having career successes by founding a design studio that is gaining international attention.
Wang founded Benwu Studio with his friend Peng You who attends Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, England. Their first collaboration was in 2010. Since then they have successfully worked across continents as an independent design studio. Their designs are “inspired by fashionable/architectural elements and Zen philosophy,” according to their website.
The A+: The Young Designers’ Platform is an outlet for emerging talents and brand new products. Designers in business for one year or less can submit their designs, prototypes, or products, and selected participants are awarded display space at Accent on Design®.
The studio’s best-known products are “Sunmao,” a three-legged stool that incorporates Zen philosophy; “Mapo,” a tofu knife made of bamboo; and “Giggle,” a wool felt reusable bag.
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