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A Fusion of Design

王烨昇Johnny Wang 2016-11-25 11:56

There is a source for this elegant style. Ben Wu studied under Zhang Daqian's last disciple - agreat master of traditional Chinese painting, Fu Wenyan. Wu has been studying and practicing modern oriental painting since childhood, imbuing him with a deep foundation in traditional art.

The Rhyme Of Art

As a designer, one of Ben Wu's special features would be his deep artistic foundation. There is no story without coincidences. In the study of art, Wu is the last disciple of Fu Wenyan, who, in turn, is Zhang Daqian's last disciple. The quality of this pedigree is undeniable. However, if
we just talk about the art, then talent is essential... in this field, just working hard is not enough to bring you success. Luckily for Wu, his prowess for traditional Chinese painting was discovered when he was just a child, so he can do a job with skill and ease in the traditional Chinese painting style.


When you do some professional studies and are proficient in it to a certain extent, you can feel a lot in other ways. Many professions are connected with each other, from philosophy to art. From his current works, it is not difficult to see that his rare artistic experience created a rich foundation for Wu's design and creation now. Therefore, the designer's work is more inclined to be poetic, exible, and elusive - qualities that are inextricably linked with Chinese ink-wash painting and the traditional aesthetic. Chinese traditional poetry is a poem created by a painting, a painting created by a poem.

To call Wu's work traditional Chinese, however, would be a mislabelling. Upon closer inspection of Wu's design, you will nd a plethora of in uences. Having lived on Shanghai's Bund in his childhood, the Western colonial buildings that line the riverside left a deep impression. After he began to study design in Italy in 1997, he came across a design manual in which he nally found what he liked during childhood is the style of decorative art. So his fusion of Chinese and Western design styles is inseparable with his experience in Italy.


Within the circle of Chinese interior designers, Wu went abroad relatively early. The choice of Italy was an easy one to make; it is was well known for its impressive legacy of interior design. Through the study there and the exchange experience with the Italian home design association, Wu expanded his horizon in this country that was the home of the Renaissance. Over the years, immersed in Italian culture, western fashion elements were added to his designs. In this process of "Sinicizing the West", Wu is used to the process of learning from the West, while simultaneously objecting to simply copying the original.

East Blends With West

As a result of his particular approach to design, Wu's latest "Weimo" series will show the charm of the co-existence of elegance and popular- ity. The inspiration of this series comes the idea: "It is the negative space in a painting that gives it that special artistic effect" - using the visual existence of the ambiguous to lead the viewer to think about the origin of nature, life and culture. Finally to "blend art into the design", and change the space into a work of art.


"Weimo" takes an unlikely but surprisingly coherent melding of Nordic simplicity and Ming dynasty-style re nement. In the speci c details of the design, he creates common themes through repeated intertwining, and uses the application of simple lines, natural texture, the proportion of moderate, and elegant geometric shape to great effect. Although the design does not deliberately emphasizing the "new Chinese style", this series nonetheless naturally exudes a rich scholarliness, as in Wu's own words, "that kind of happiness that is the last common sense to humans."


Another highlight of the series is that Wu invited the young artist Gao Weigang to collaborate. Gao is good at re-arranging common objects into elusive structures, expressing vivid concepts of abstraction through diversi ed techniques and ingenious use of materials. When he deals with the chaos of the human living environment, he maintains a poetic and humorous outlook. Meanwhile, Gao's new works for W+S Group have taken the most mundane kitchen appliances and gave them incongruous gleaming golden surfaces and jumbled designs, freeze-framing the continuous moment of action. All of these take ordinary life and throws it into contact with esoteric art.


About  BEN WU

Artist and designer

Ben Wu is an artist and designer who started to work in the interior design industry in 1993, creating "Strong Casa" in 1998. Over 10 years, the seam- less architectural design led by Wu had a string of high pro le successes and became one of the most trusted interior design strategic partners with rst- tier real estate developers, high-end hotels, and clubs. At the same time, Wu integrated resources and founded W+S GROUP.

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