Chinese designer Zhang Zhoujie founded his eponymous digital laboratory in 2010 after graduating from MA Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins, building on a background in traditional Chinese fine art. His main inspiration behind founding the experimental lab was to explore the latest trends towards parametric design and to investigate new digital workflows which seamlessly integrate the latest computer technology with Wu Wei. Wu Wei is one of the principles of the philosophy of Taoism. It means action less, or lack of intervention. It is the principle by which the generation methods utilised in the digital laboratory are inspired. The goal of the lab is to use these new digital workflows to turn the virtual into the real, currently through the initiation of two projects, triangulation and simulation (currently under development). The Digital Lab operates from two locations, one in the centre of Shanghai, China, and the other in University Town, on the outskirts of the city. The laboratory is focused on exploring new digital form creation methods, combining traditional handmade techniques with the latest digital fabrication processes.
Zhang Zhoujie Digital Studio