Buzao is a radical offshoot of Bentu. The Buzao name means ‘I don’t know’ in Chinese, to signify that all true exploration has an unknown destination.
The brand represents the young, rebellious and spirited. The studio’s philosophy emphasises the interplay between shapes, light, and environment, challenging the definition of product design by infusing their methods with the uncertainty of the artistic process. Their designers engage in a process of unhindered exploration, free from the intent to create, allowing the material to guide the design and dictate the outcome, placing equal weight on the raw and processed.
Buzao’s free-flowing experimentation has produced unforeseeable results. With their Halo collection, a startling optical phenomenon is produced by ice crystals in laminated dichroic glass. The crystals reflect and refract light which, depending on the angle of the light source and the viewer’s gaze, creates different colours in the spectrum. At the same time, the opacity of the glass creates an ever-shifting halo effect.
Today’s Buzao collections are born from the experimental use of lava stone, marble, dichroic glass (the Halo Collection), electroplated stainless steel (the Hot Collection) and laminated glass (the Null Collection). With every new collection, Buzao blurs the line between product design and sculpture.