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Matteo: Hey Hc!


Hongchao: Hello Matteo!

M: How Benwu was born and what does it mean?


H: Benwu is out of Chinese Zen phrase 本无 means nothing originally, we always believe that design is a metamorphosis from nothingness and meaningless to sophisticated object and experience. Benwu Studio was a collaboration that started back in 2012 when we founded the company in New York. We were just some young designers that wanted to test the water and get kinda lucky.


M: What is Chinese design, can you define it?


H: It's hard to generalize Chinese design but yes there is a lot of design that is done in China of a different approach. China is the size of Europe it's hard to tell who is the mainstream who is the niche.