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All the things that we are familiar may not be the trend in the future | Wutopia Lab

Architect, founder of Wutopia Lab and proud native of Shanghai, Yu Ting, has since renovated a number of places, rendering each and every space into a personal narrative that reflects the hopes and desires of its occupants. Quaint, modern, marked by apparent influence of East-Asian aesthetics, these places offer a resting place for the soul to find refuge in a megacity that’s racing towards the future.


Q: Why did you get into Interior Design?

A: In china architectural and interior design are two separate practice fields. I began my career as an architect. But as time passed by, I found it was not enough to express my design if I limited in architectural design. So, I did my very first Interior design project in 2010.

Q: How did you start up your career?

A: 1995, ever since I graduated from Tsinghua University.

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?

A: All creatures

Q: Can you tell us about a significant accomplishment or project that you regard as notable?

A: Kaisersaal of Longevity,Kun opera playhouse

Q: Where would you like to see your company in 5 years from now?

A: Based in Shanghai, inheriting local culture and being design vanguard.

Q: What project(s) are you working on at the moment?

A: Kid’s restaurant, Chapel, long-term rental apartment and some structures

Q: How do you think an Interior Designer should dress?

A: Appropriate, clean, elegant

Q: If you could design anything, what would it be?

A: Space city. It don’t have to obey the rules of gravity.

Q: What type of restaurant would you choose to go to for dinner?

A: Clean, and with a chief who have passion on cooking.

Q: Can you give us a statement about Design

A: Design is a behaviour with a person interacting with the world.

Q: If you could describe your designs related to food, what would it be and why?

A: In my opinion, my design is similar to advanced Shanghai cuisine. As in Shanghai cuisine, varies of ingredients are exquisitely cooked to express the merit of different flavours.

Q: What do you think of the design trends in the future?

A: It’s hard to say. All the things that we are familiar may not be the trend in the future.

Q: Who is your favourite Designer and why?

A: Mies van der Rohe. My design enlightenment.

Q: In which country would you like to have your project in?

A: UK, Cause I have spent one year in London.

Q: What element of a design is the most important thing to you?

A: Space and space spirit

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