Róng Design Library was founded by PINWU Design Studio in 2015. It is a non-profit organization and the first library in China focusing on traditional handcrafts and materials.
The core mission is to preserve the knowledge of Chinese traditional crafts and related materials. Furthermore, it offers a platform to deconstruct crafts, analyze materials and creating contemporary designs. Programs such as RONG Design Exhibition, Guest Designer Project and others were launched to share our vision to the public and among other creatives.
Zhang Lei Led the PINWU design team to win more than 20 international design awards, using contemporary design language to redefine traditional materials and handicrafts. His design works have exhibited over the world, including China, Italy, France, Netherlands, Greece etc. Co-founded the non-profit organization róng design library with Christoph and Jovana, led systematic study of the material system of traditional Chinese handicrafts, and promoted contemporary design applying traditional materials.
Jovana Zhang, born in Serbia, graduated from Belgrade Academy of Applied Arts. Worked in London and Milan before moving to Hangzhou, China in 2010. In her works she focuses on balancing aesthetics, function and "future tradition". Traditional crafts and materials are inspiring both her work and life in China.
Christoph John, born in Germany. Master of Automotive Design from DOMUS Design Academy in Italy. Graduated from Angewandt Kunst Schneeberg (FH) in Germany. Did carpentry apprenticeship with focus on high quality solid wood interiors. Worked in design studios in Germany, Finland and Italy. Has been part of PINWU design team in Hangzhou, China since 2010.
With a background in engineering and business administration, he led the team to complete research of Chinese traditional handicraft in 32 provinces and regions in China, and explored the establishment of research and deconstruction methods and a database of traditional materials; promoted the application of Chinese traditional handicrafts and materials by PINWU and global designers, and managed the operation of the Róng Design Library.
Graduated from the Politecnico di Milano with a Master's degree in Fashion Design. Has lived and worked in Italy and China for years. Her fields include fashion design, fabric design, jewelry design, art installation, branding and design research. Led the design application of handicraft and materials in various design fields and the craft and material research at the Róng Design Library.