1conversation with Zewen

1conversation is back in action…this time in the Windy City – Chicago, Illinois.

We spent the day along the city’s new riverwalk, quickly being dubbed the “second lakefront”, where we found many kind-hearted souls who were just waiting to discover their future. To start the adventure, we met Zewen, who was sitting quietly contemplating how he can bring meaning to his work as a product designer.

During his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Zewen spent more than a year studying the centuries-old process of making Xuan paper in JingXian, China.  His dream is to give this ancient craftsmanship a place in the modern world.


In the photo, he commits to push his passion to the market by selling his prized creation…a prototype of his furniture design which combines Chinese Xuan paper with locally sourced maple wood from Chicago.

You can see and learn more about Zewen and his work at zewenli.com.

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