Bentu Design

Bentu Design creates the Wreck Furniture series from ceramic waste and aims to highlight the value that can be found in this waste.

Anchored by: Manasi Tahalani
Photographs: Courtesy Bentu Design

Through their Wreck Furniture range, Chinese studio Bentu Design highlights the amount of waste produced by the ceramics industry. For this experiment, the Chinese studio investigated deeply into the daily-use ceramics industry in Chaozhou, China, and tried to reveal the disintegration of culture behind this ancient city with huge industrial capacity and commercial value. Chaozhou is the biggest ceramics production base in the world and creates around 70 per cent of the daily-use ceramic commodities used globally. With this experiment, the design studio has managed to carry out a different attempt — change the way of placing porcelain aggregate so as to improve the utilization of porcelain wastes and production speed and develop the possibility of assembled furniture with both artistics and practicable features.

As an important part of the experiment, Bentu design teamed up with Shenzhen Design Week, the exhibition activity supported by Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government, and curated the Wreck — Concept Exhibition of Wasted Daily-use Ceramics from Chaozhou, China. The exhibition site consisted of the experimental furniture and a seven-meter-long artistic installation stacked with ceramic waste collected from Chaozhou daily-use ceramic factories.