In its 24th year, the Andrew Martin’s Design Awards is a celebration of the most talented designers from every corner of the globe. Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Interior Design World’ it was the first international design award and previous winners are a who’s who of the design firmament, from Kelly Hoppen, the first recipient in 1996, to Axel Vervoordt, Nicky Haslam or Rose Uniacke.
Joining the illustrious list of winners, Andre Martin chose this year the Shanghai-based designer Ben Wu. It’s a landmark win because Wu is the first-ever designer from mainland China to receive this prestigious accolade. You can visit Ben Wu’s website in HERE.
Ben Wu’s journey into design is one that has taken him from the study of traditional Chinese ink paintings, to the dizzy heights of high-end hotels in New York City. In 1998 Wu established WS DESIGN, a studio that now encompasses multiple design and lifestyle brands. His work transcends borders thanks to the unique design philosophy of ‘Modern Oriental’, which strives to combine the best of both Eastern and Western design. As a designer, he is widely involved from public space to private clubs, from celebrities’ mansions
to protected historical structures, as well as art exhibitions.
He co-founded the prestigious W. DESIGN Co., Ltd, a well-known interior design corporation that belongs to W + S DECO GROUP. W. DESIGN is not only famous for interior design in high-end real estate and hotel but also well received in the overall design of interior furnishings with its high-end and unique customer target, which creates a wonderful effect and brings enormous profit to enterprises and owners. Hailed as the “guarantee of well-sold real estate,” W. DESIGN wins many awards and enjoys a high reputation.
Surrounded by mountains and rivers, this beautiful residential project by Ben Wu is all about the unique contrast between the trendy neutrals and the dark bold touch. From the customized abstract vertical and horizontal ink to the wood carvings on the indoor dining table, the poetic fragment of this project carries cultural memories and functional requirements at the same time.
The spiral staircase, as a form, not only connects the entire space but also shows the unique style of geometric forms inside. In the process of design, Ben has chosen unique colors and materials for the interiors that combine the humble sentiment towards nature with sublime poetry.
Using true Portuguese handcraftsmanship, Ben Wu turned this project into something we cannot forget. In order to create a project with both modern taste and traditional feelings, so that it can pick up cultural memories while carrying functional requirements, Ben made a lot of adjustments to the internal spatial relationship of the building and reshaped the new spatial order.
The standout of this luxurious residential design is the unique living room with an environment with high ceilings that is enlightened by one of DelightFULL’s best sellers, known as the Coltrane Suspension piece. With a minimalist and industrial feeling to it, it is not, however, hard to understand where the mid-century inspiration lies.
This simple suspended ceiling light, inspired by John Coltrane’s smooth jazz vibes, is a great mid-century modern lamp for more minimalist home interiors, as well as for contemporary hotel decor.
We are delighted to present to you this amazing designer and we hope this article will help you enter the world of Ben Wu and discover is an amazing talent and gigantic creativity. He truly is one of the best designers in China and will definitely become a force to be reckoned with in the Design Industry. The Andrew Martin’s design Awards is just the first step…