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About WANGHE STUDIO : As a product & furniture designer, Wang He has joined a list prestigious design exhibitions including Salone de Mobile, London Design Fair and Design Shanghai, etc. His work has been featured on leading design press including Dezeen, Designboom and designmilk, etc. Beyond form and function, his works focus on the sustainability which is not common around designer in China. For example, in Childhood Series, portability and mobility is the idea he intends to address, as he believes furniture should be taken with when move rather than discarded. Furthermore, he also explores how happiness could be enhanced by furniture design. So each object in Childhood Series is designed in a soft and friendly character.
STATEMENT OF ART:
As a designer of new generation, I believe design should serve the mass. Instead of designing for the high-end market, I tend to bring functional and narrative products for young working professionals with price within reach. I believe only in this way can design root in people's everyday living and elevate living quality.

In China today, many young people choose to live and work in big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Due to high living cost they have to compromise to a compact living space to balance living budget. This group of people is called "Urban Drifters" - hardworking but have no sense of belonging. As a designer and a "drifter" based in Beijing, I start to question how design can bring happiness? How design can create a sense of belonging?

A series of questions lead to my research about "Urban Belonging" which carried out in recent years. To explore the answers, I observe young people's everyday living. I seek inspirations from Beijing Hutongs, museums and art galleries. Finally I found that what can bring happiness is the little detail in our everyday life - from a candle lighting up the rental apartment to a stylish cafe for afternoon read, probably this is what design all about.

As a human I believe we all need a certain kind of belonging. At this point I want to design for people like me - those who live in an alien city but don't feel attached. As a designer, I believe this is something I should do.

ORGANIZATION:
WANGHE STUDIO

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
Musician Media, graphic, printing, culture, design

EDUCATION:
2013, Product Design, BA, Beijing Technology and Business University, Beijing / China
2015, Industrial Design, MA, Central Saint Martins Collage of Art & Design, London/UK

EXPERIENCE:
2015-2016, Product Designer, Theo William Studio, London/UK
2016-2018, Senior Product Design, ZAOZUO, Beijing/China
2018- , Founder & Creative Director, Wanghe Studio, Beijing/China
2018- , CO-Founder & Design Director, GOUTU, Shi Jiazhuang/China

PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS:
2017, Salone Satellite, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai / China
2018, London Design Fair, Old Truman Brewery, London / UK

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2015, MA Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, London / UK

EVENTS:
2018, National Youth Creative Talents Training Programme - National Arts Fund, Selected designer, Shenzhen/China & London/UK

AWARDS:
2017, Creative Design Prize, Salone Satellite Shanghai, Shanghai / China.
2018, Young Design Talents Award, National Art Funds, Shenzhen / China.

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2018, “Childhood Series”, Design Anthology, https://designanthologymag.com/story/childhood, October, HK/China.
2018,“Childhood Series”, UAL Alumni, http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/alumni/2018/09/17/meet-wil
liam-he/, October, London/UK.
2018, "Toffee Bed", Designboom, http://www.designboom.cn/news/show.php/itemid-1431
1/, July, Milan/Italy
2018, "Wanghe Studio Interview”, Furniture & Interior Design, pages 38-43, February, Hunan/China.
2018, "Moniture”, 1 Home, Pages 108-111, January, Shenzhen/China
2017,“La Chair”, Gooood,https://www.gooood.cn/la-chair-china-by-wan
ghe-studio.htm, September, Beijing/China.

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
NONE

BOOKS:
NONE

ACCOLADES:
2018, “China Youth Creative Talents”, China National Art Funds, Shenzhen/China.
2018, “Outstanding Alumni”,University of the Arts London, London, UK.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Mandarin(Native)
English(Near Native)
Cantonese(Beginner)

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Rhino, Advanced.
Key-shot, Advanced.
Vray, Beginner.
3ds Max, Basic.
Adobe Creative Suit, Advanced.
Microsoft Office Package, Advanced.

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
2018, "Power of Design", SKD Art&Design Education, Beijing/China.

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
2018, "Langfang Design Week", Langfang Industrial Design Centre / Langfang, Langfang/China.
2018, "Hebei Industrial Design Week", Xiongan Industrial Design Research Centre / Xiongan, Xiongan / China.

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
2018, Hebei Industrial Design Centre, Shijia Zhuang/China
2018, Xiongan Industrial Design Research Centre, Xiongan/China

COLLECTIONS:
2018,HIDC, Shi Jiazhuang/China
2018, Xiongan ID Research Centre, Xiongan/China
2018, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen/China

JURY MEMBERSHIPS:
NONE

HOBBIES:
Classical Music, Visit Museum & Exhibitions, See Performances (Drama,Dance,Musicals)

CLIENTELE:
2015-16, Theo Williams Studio, London/UK, product designer in the studio working for clients include John Lewis, Habitats, and Another Brand.
2016-18, ZAOZUO, Beijing / China, Senior Product Designer, designed five collections for the company and now all launched into the market.
2018-, Wanghe Studio, Beijing / China, Studio Founder & Creative Director, clients varies.
2018-, GOUTU, Hebei / China, Design Director, Designed a furniture collection.

WEB SITE:
www.goutudesign.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
www.wanghestudio.com

RSS URL:
www.wanghestudio.com

REGISTRATION DATE:
2018-10-23 03:31:55

COUNTRY:
China

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Start-Up

Awards received by WANGHE STUDIO


Childhood Series Furniture Collection

Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category in 2018
Wanghe Studio - GOUTU for Goutu

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