Benwu Studio’s Bund Table As with most of the posts I write, they start with the statement ‘whilst on a recent trip to X, I spotted X’ and this post is going exactly the same way. I jetted off to sunny, and rather warm, Dubai for the inaugural Dubai Design Week where I was thrust in to the interesting culture of a 50-year old independent city still under major development with no signs of slowing down. But would we spy design from Dubai or a mixture of design from all over the world, reinforcing the melting pot it has become of all culture and business in the middle east. As we toured Downtown Design, the main show during the week in Dubai Design District (or d3 as it is commonly known), I spotted a table by designers Benwu Studio exhibiting with Beijing Design Week‘s stand promoting the Chinese trade show’s standard for design. Benwu Studio’s goal is to create a platform for collaboration with designers & artists around the world to realise objects for an artistic stylish living. The Bund Coffee table is inspired by the fluid trace that the Yangtze River erodes and the shape of Lujiazui Delta. The table is designed for easy assembling by hand. With a few simple twist the table stays firm as one (can be flat packaged). Apartment Shanghai is an edition brand founded by Benwu Studio in Shanghai in 2014. The first collection was launched in Milan during the 2015 Salone del Mobile. Apartment Shanghai is an ideology predicated on contemporary values of the small but smart, reasonable but stylish and innovative. It is a petit lifestyle brand of fashionable, functional objects that can fit stylish small homes. Apartment Shanghai is also an identity of authentic Chinese DNA encountering the future with modern design language. Products are made with premium materials in collaboration with Chinese craftsmen and manufacturers. Apartment Shanghai is also an artistic driven, autonomous brand focused on a humanistic ethos driven by customers’ own imagination as inspired by sensible design work. The concept of stylish products for small homes is something I am becoming increasingly interested in as our major cities get busier and therefore more expensive, we live in smaller and smaller spaces. Coping with this change is something I believe we all need a helping hand with. But I digress. Founded in New York City back in 2011 by Chinese Designer Hongchao Wang and Peng You, Benwu Studio is currently based on both New York and Shanghai with expertise and experience in luxury product, furniture and interior design. A studio to watch over the forthcoming years, as I believe this duo will produce even more great designs. Designer: Benwu Studio Manufacturer: Benwu Studio Year: 2014 Price: Unknown Daniel Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.