A conversation with Zhezeng Xiong and Zhenghui Long, the designers behind the “Country Garden Nantong Riverbank Sales Office”.
May 21, 2021
Winners of the SIT Furniture Design Award ” Interior design of the Year”, we sit with Zhezeng Xiong and Zhenghui Long, from Vanpin Architecture Design; discussing their passion for Interior Design and how they integrate natural lighting and the local environment when working on the Country Garden Nantong Riverbank Sales Office project.
Could you tell us a little about your professional journey?
ZhezengXiong（TidusXiong): WhenIwas in college studying “interior design” and lovedit, aftergraduation, Istartedworking as an Interior Designers and it has now been for over a decade. Today, I am a proud Director of Interior Design, a husband, and a father of a lovely daughter! Being focus on Design is not only my passion, but it also brings me success and happiness. There are stillmountains to climb, I am not going to stop now… I will keep working hard for it!
Zhenghui, Long (Apple Long): I studied the art of painting in college while dreaming to be an art teacher. Gradually myinterest in the soft interior decoration field grew as Idevelopedmypassion for colors, Ireally enjoy this career.
How did you discover your passion for Interior Design?
Zhezeng Xion (TidusXiong):Design is everywhere, and design is one of the most important ways to differentiate a product from mediocrity. The design adds value to all products, making them more beautiful, practical and human.Designis a lifelong endeavor because there is no “best” design. Once I realized this, it grows in me.
Zhenghui, Long (Apple Long) : The use of color in interior design, matching with accessories, is in a way the same as the “art of painting”, and that’swhat I’m interested in:applyingwhat I’ve learned in mystudies, to mywork.It‘sa bit of a waste if what you’ve learned in an academic study, doesn’t help your career, isn’t it?
Whatwas your design process when working on the “Country Garden Nantong Riverbank Sales Office”?
ZhezengXiong（TidusXiong): The design team stayed there for a week and did field research.At the same time, we combined the marketing concept put forward by all partiesinvolved and came up with the design proposal.
Zhenghui, Long (Apple Long): Soft decoration continues the natural theme of interior design, then everything just happened naturally.
What was the project Design brief?
Zhezeng Xiong (TidusXiong): The local landscape of Nantonghas its own characteristics: Endless Reeds, lotus, and vast stretches of water. We introduced the dense reed into the interior. The sales office used lotus leaf elements at its lights as if nature continues to grow in the interior.
Zhenghui, Long (Apple Long): Soft decoration is the continuation of the overall interiordesign, Tidus’ design is veryimpressive, in this case, the soft-decoration team just continued his design concept and we achieved a stunning result.
Can you please share with us, what winning the “Interior Design of the Year” prize means to you?
ZhezengXiong（TidusXiong): There is an old saying in China ‘If you don’t go back to your hometown, it’s like walking in a beautiful dress at night.’Nowthanks to globalization and the SIT Furniture Design Awards, our work can be recognized by people all over the world.Of course, it is a great honor for designers to be awarded.
Zhenghui, Long (Apple Long): 2020 has been a real mess, but I really did found some consolation in this prize.
What are you working on now? What is in the pipeline for you?
ZhezengXion（TidusXiong): Currently, I’m busycoordinatingdifferent teams working on a bunch of projects. It is common that a company needs many projects to survive in this very competitive market. Unfortunately, many projects are on the low-profit side, but we need them to keep our teams going. With the Covidcrisis, it is difficult to travel abroad.IwishI can travel to foreign countries to relax and absorbnew ideas and inspirations, just like the old days.Ibelieve it will happen in the near future!
Zhenghui, Long (Apple Long): I’m goingto take a long vacation.Designis a process that both ends are important, which is to study and create. Without study, you are just copying yourself.
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