Photo By Elle Deco China 2015

Photo By Elle Deco China 2015

WHO ARE WE

Benwu Studio

Founded in New York City 2012 by designer Hongchao Wang (ECAL) and Peng You (RCA).  In the beginning, the collaboration between the design duo is mainly focused on material experiment and craft research. In 2015 with design partners interior architect Ge Wei (RCA) and Product Designer Qiyun Deng (ECAL) join forces, Benwu Stu­dio become a multi-disciplinary design agency with expertise and experience in product, set and interior design. The Studio is currently based in both Shanghai & Beijing with a satellite office located in New York. Since established the studio had done a series of successful collaboration projects with clients such as Hermes, Vacheron Constantin, Cassina, Isabel Marant, Mini, Baccarat, Swarovski, Perrier Jouet, Remy Martin, Lane Crawford, Comme Moi, MFK, SKP, and Erdos.

Team

Hongchao Wang

Born and raised in China ( 1989 ) educated in the United States and Switzerland. Hongchao graduated with a master in design for luxury & craftsmanship from ECAL.  Where he studied under the tuition of Designer Nicolas Le Moigne, Thilo Brunner, Jaime Hayon and Bethan Wood. Hongchao has worked as a designer in several design studios such as Stephen Burks, Søren Rose and Fabrica.

Peng You

Born and raised in China ( 1989 ) educated in UK. Peng graduate with a MA in design products at Royal College of Art, London where he studied under the tuition of designer Tord Boontje, Sarah van Gameren , Philippe Malouin and Yuri Suzuki. He had worked in several company such as Sotheby’s, Yamaha, Troika. 

Qiyun Deng

Born in China in 1983, she began her studies in industrial design at GAFA and worked in A-one Design Studio directed by Prof. Zhenyu Shi, which collaborated firmly with local manufacturers. Qiyun attended the Master in Product Design in ECAL, Switzerland and concluded with distinction in 2013 with her diploma project Graft, a series of bio-plastic tableware

Wei Ge 

Born and raised in China ( 1988 ) educated in London and Glasgow. Wei graduated with a MA in interior design at Royal College of Art. Where she studied under the tuition of designer Ab. Rogers, Ian Higgins Plunkett Drew and Patrick Macklin. Wei has worked as interior designer in several London and China design studios such as Powell Tuck Associates, Ab. Rogers Design, Standard Architecture and etc. 

EXHIBITIONS

25th September - 11 th October   
Benwu Studio: " Sketches of Animals"                                                                                                                   ECAL Diplomes 2014
Hall Stefan Kudelski
5, avenue du Temple CH-1020 Renens

6 - 13 September  
Benwu Studio: " Totem " for Remy Martin                                                                                                       Paris Design Week
B&B Italia, 35, rue du Bac
75007 Paris, France

14 - 17 August
Benwu Studio: "Sumo Chair", "Fugu Bag"                                                                                                               Team Formland UP/Graded
Booth E4100, MCH A/S, Vardevej 1
7400 Herning, Denmark

18 - 29 June                                                                                                                                                           Benwu Studio: " Fugu Bag", "Sumo Chair"                                                                                                             RCA 2014 Graduation Show                                                                                                                         Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

10 - 15 February 2014                                                                                                                                           Benwu Studio: “ Sketches of 5 Animals ” , “ Totem ” , " Chasen "                                                                     Exhibition "Half-Time"                                                                                                                                             ECAL Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne                                                                                                     5,avenue du Temple, CH-1020 Renens

 5 - 9 February 2014                                                                                                                                                Benwu Studio: " Kinetic Mirror "                                                                                                                  School of Design Work-in-Progress Show                                                                                                            Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU 

 19- 27 October 2013                                                                                                                                            Benwu Studio: " Living Material, Twig Vessels "                                                                                                    Dutch Design Week                                                                                                                                        Temporary Art Centre Eindhoven / Zone Ventosa                                                                                                Vonderweg 1, 5611 BK Eindhoven

 21 - 23 May 2013                                                                                                                                                  Benwu Studio:  "Living Material, Twig Vessel" ( Hyde Park Collection )                                                  Clerkenwell Design Week                                                                                                                                    'Design to Serve' at Craft Central, St. John's Square, London                                                  

 18-22 May 2013                                                                                                                                                      Benwu Studio: " Sunmao " Stool                                                                                                                            New York International Contemporary Furniture Fair                                                                                            Booth 2523, 1st Floor, Javits Center, New York, NY 

 30 January – 3 February 2013
 Benwu Studio: " Minimal & Maximal"                                                                                                              School of Design Work-in-Progress Show   
 Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

 15 -21 June 2012
 Benwu Studio: “ Forté ” Table
 Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design Degree Show,
 Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA

 18-22 May 2012
 Benwu Studio: The PH Collection
 New York International Contemporary Furniture Fair
 Designboom Mart (Booth 1866, 1st Floor) 
 Javits Center, New York, NY

 May 13 - September 10, 2012
 Benwu Studio: " Sunmao " Stool
 CCAD 133rd Annual Exhibition at the Canzani Center, 
 60 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH

 January 28 - February 2, 2012
 Benwu Studio:  The PH Collection
 New York International Gift Fair
Javits Center 3rd Floor, New York, NY