May 30, 2019 | By Susan Fernandez
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Design studio PINWU has stepped up its game and opened a design library in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, where the studio is based and gets its inspiration from. Since 2009, PINWU’s footprints have covered a dozen different places in search of craftsmen and traditional materials in Northern Zhejiang, a region that has traditionally led advancements in silk, ceramics and bamboo manufacturing. PINWU’s collaboration with local craft workers has seen home products such as chairs, umbrellas, and desks exhibited at Milan Design Week, as well as collaborations with brands such as Maison Martin Margiela.
The design library is the new home to PINWU’s exploration of bamboo, silk, porcelain, copper and paper redesign, which the design firm refers to as project “RONG”, meaning melting and fusion in Chinese. Everything displayed in the library comes from the hands of PINWU including the paper chairs in the library and bar areas, bamboo paper leaves installation in the design shop, and the paper umbrella in the front courtyard. The concept store is integral to the redesign concept of the library where PINWU’s design is artfully displayed in a colourful way. The non-profit library receives book donations from 100 designers and commissions 3 guest designers each month to contribute to the study of traditional Chinese materials. At the end of the month, the designers will exhibit their collections, from which the library will choose the best one at the end of the year to be awarded the “From Yuhang Award”. The competition is open to designers around the world who can travel to Hangzhou and experience traditional material design with a modern twist. –Maria Mao Cui
156 Wu Chang Da Dao(杭州五常大道156号) / 86 188 0192 0271
Images courtesy of designlibrary.cn
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