Zheng Peng

Professional in Interior Design.

About Zheng Peng

Design Director, Chief designer,Copartners of C&C. Focus on the contemporary design in urbanization process, advocate the cross-discipline thinking in space design, and engage in the practice of architectural design , interior design and landscape design, and his works feature strong sense of building and international style. Winner of Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards, Jin Tang Award, Modern Decoration International Media Award, Nest Award and other international awards. Representative works include: Nan Kun Shan Waterside Eco Resort, Capitalland Yu Jin Sha Sales Center, Silk Cotton in Wind—Guangzhou Asian Games Creative Landscaping Ornamentation, Guangdong Greenway Signage System etc. Educational background: Bachelor of Art & Design Department, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Master of Design Arts, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Work experience: Guangzhou Turen Landscape Planning Co., Ltd., Guang dong Jimei Design & Construction Company. Previously a guest lecturer of The School of Communication and Design. Sun Yat-Sen University as well as School of Design. South China University of Technology.

  • 4-Time Winner of Interior Design Award.
  • Specialized in Interior Design.
  • 4 Featured Original Designs.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Interior
Pearl River Digital City  Sales Center

Pearl River Digital City Sales Center

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Ideaing Exhibition space

Ideaing Exhibition space

Interior Design

C&C Design  Creative  Headquarters Office Space

C&C Design Creative Headquarters Office Space

Interior Design

IDEA DOOR Exhibition space

IDEA DOOR Exhibition space

Interior Design


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Interview with Zheng Peng

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
I have started to study art from 5 years old until I graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts as a postgraduate in 2005, and then I established a design company with my classmates. I have been dreaming of becoming a great designer.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
Our team is an interior design company in Guangzhou of China, and there are 40 employees. Most of them are professional designers, who are mainly engaged in the interior design of resorts, real estates and enterprises.
What is "design" for you?
“Design” is not only a way of living, but also a way of thinking. Therefore, we call it as “A Way of Life”.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
The original design with combination of internationalization and regionalism is my favorite design.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
Kengo Kuma from Japan and Wang Shu from China are the world-class architectural masters, and are also my favorite designers. Their works have depth of thought, presenting their philosophical thoughts as persons from Asia. I believe that good design can present the world outlook of designers.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
The first thing for undertaking of projects and establishment of company is to know the source of designed projects.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
I am interested in folk handicrafts and architectural construction technologies, which often exist before the “Industrial Revolution”, but our modern design exists after the “Industrial Revolution”. Therefore, our new topic is how to play a new role in the design for these traditional technologies.
When do you feel the most creative?
This is difficult to answer, maybe when you wake up in the morning, or when you read quietly at a deep night.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
The thematic concept is a critical factor to determine if any design work has deep thoughts, but materials and details is a critical factor to determine if any design work is successful.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
The status of exciting aims to obtain the inspiration of design, but also I have to calm down to make rational judgment.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
Although the success of design is a good thing, it is difficult to realize the predicted 100% of design effect in China. Usually, it is quite well if there is 80% of design effect. The successful feeling of design is also our power of continuous progress.
What makes a design successful?
There are many factors, such as talent, inspiration, perseverance, and even the photography and later promotion. There is an old saying in China of “Three Carpenter, Seven Master”. That is to say, a good entrusting party is a critical factor to determine if a design work is successful.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
I often consider if the design can present real value in improving people's living mode. The value may be in physical level, such as “function”; it may also be in spirit level, such as if the design is to make people pleasant or realize the enlightenment of wisdom.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
After the “Industrial Revolution”, the people destroyed the environment in order to meet their own expanding desires. Now, it is time for them to self-examination, the designers who have social responsibilities should personally do some designs aiming at changing wrong living way of people in the past and advocating a new and health living way rather than pursuing for commercial profits.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
There is an old saying in China of “Unity of Man and Nature”, and the future design should be a design of harmonious co-existence between human and nature.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
Our last exhibition was to attend 2013 Guangzhou International Design Week, and was also a design work that we have been awarded in this time. We will also attend 2014 Guangzhou International Design Week, and we further hope to attend some international exhibitions and activities in the future.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
It is called as “The design does not depend on itself”, my design inspiration usually comes from reading and traveling. Through life experience and inspiration, various moments of inspiration are memorized, and this is source of my design inspiration.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
The design style of modern simplicity is my favorite. The design aims at solving problems, but there are many methods to solve problems, from perspectives of aesthetics, a lot of styles can have good looking, but a few of styles can be most suitable. The design is to find out several reasonable ways and solve problems finally.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I come from the South of China, our country has 5,000 years of history, and there are many cultural heritages that are reusable. There is a saying of “National culture is also international culture”, I think this opinion is wrong. There is Ballet Performance Group in China, but why there is no Peking Opera Performance Group in Italy? The national culture is different from international culture, the international design can be shared by the people all around the world, and relevant problems are also international.
How do you work with companies?
It is very simple, that is to sign the commercial contract and perform it.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
In China, it is usually achieved by introduction of familiar friends. I hope that the enterprise can understand and find out designers through internet, the design company with such ability can obtain more job opportunities, rather than depending on “interpersonal relationship”.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
The design process is identical to that of most of interior design companies, and our design process also starts from conceptual design to construction drawings and construction supervision through in-depth design, until final furnishing and layout. Currently, the company can provide customers with a complete set of services.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
We have cooperated with foreign designers to design a resort called as Crosswaters EconLodge & SPA, which was set in national forest park of Huizhou in Guangdong. This project was also selected as one of fifty large ecological resorts in the world by National Geographic Magazine.
Can you describe a day in your life?
If there is no travel, I usually get up at 7 o’clock every day, sending my child to school and then going back to the company. In day time, I handle some daily businesses of company and review the design drawings. In the evening, I will go home to stay with my families. My concept design or design inspiration usually occurs after ten o'clock at night.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
The urbanization process of China is very rapid, in one hand, the rapid construction offers more opportunities for designers, but in the other hand, most of design works are finished in a short time, lacking of rational thought, pursuing for rapid commercial values and resulting in damage of environment, these are negative effects. Therefore, as a Chinese designer, I should make more thoughts and self-examination.
What is your "golden rule" in design?
There is an old saying in China of “great truth is simplified”. Any most effective method is usually simplest.
What skills are most important for a designer?
The world outlook and thinking process of designer are most important.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
I will obtain inspiration from traveling and reading, but the operation of software is the work of assistants.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
In order to meet the requirements of Chinese market, our company always considers the improvement of working efficiency is the most important one. We will establish powerful design consulting library, including pictures, materials and information required by design, and will standardize part of design work to improve the design efficiency.
Who are some of your clients?
They are mainly some real estate developers, such as Vanke – the largest developer in China.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
I like some architectural works designed by Japanese architects, such as Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma and Sou Fujimoto. Their design works can present the unique understanding of the world as a designer from Asia.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
The Crosswaters EconLodge & SPA designed by our team is always under continuous development and construction. In addition, there are also many real estate housings and sales centers under the design and construction. We hope that there will be more and better deign works in the future.
How can people contact you?
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Extended Interview with Zheng Peng

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
I have started to study art from 5 years old until I graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts as a postgraduate in 2005, and then I established a design company with my classmates. I have been dreaming of becoming a great designer.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
Our team is an interior design company in Guangzhou of China, and there are 40 employees. Most of them are professional designers, who are mainly engaged in the interior design of resorts, real estates and enterprises.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
“Design” is not only a way of living, but also a way of thinking. Therefore, we call it as “A Way of Life”.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
The original design with combination of internationalization and regionalism is my favorite design.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
Kengo Kuma from Japan and Wang Shu from China are the world-class architectural masters, and are also my favorite designers. Their works have depth of thought, presenting their philosophical thoughts as persons from Asia. I believe that good design can present the world outlook of designers.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
The first thing for undertaking of projects and establishment of company is to know the source of designed projects.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
I am interested in folk handicrafts and architectural construction technologies, which often exist before the “Industrial Revolution”, but our modern design exists after the “Industrial Revolution”. Therefore, our new topic is how to play a new role in the design for these traditional technologies.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
This is difficult to answer, maybe when you wake up in the morning, or when you read quietly at a deep night.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
The thematic concept is a critical factor to determine if any design work has deep thoughts, but materials and details is a critical factor to determine if any design work is successful.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
The status of exciting aims to obtain the inspiration of design, but also I have to calm down to make rational judgment.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
Although the success of design is a good thing, it is difficult to realize the predicted 100% of design effect in China. Usually, it is quite well if there is 80% of design effect. The successful feeling of design is also our power of continuous progress.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
There are many factors, such as talent, inspiration, perseverance, and even the photography and later promotion. There is an old saying in China of “Three Carpenter, Seven Master”. That is to say, a good entrusting party is a critical factor to determine if a design work is successful.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
I often consider if the design can present real value in improving people's living mode. The value may be in physical level, such as “function”; it may also be in spirit level, such as if the design is to make people pleasant or realize the enlightenment of wisdom.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
After the “Industrial Revolution”, the people destroyed the environment in order to meet their own expanding desires. Now, it is time for them to self-examination, the designers who have social responsibilities should personally do some designs aiming at changing wrong living way of people in the past and advocating a new and health living way rather than pursuing for commercial profits.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
There is an old saying in China of “Unity of Man and Nature”, and the future design should be a design of harmonious co-existence between human and nature.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
Our last exhibition was to attend 2013 Guangzhou International Design Week, and was also a design work that we have been awarded in this time. We will also attend 2014 Guangzhou International Design Week, and we further hope to attend some international exhibitions and activities in the future.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
It is called as “The design does not depend on itself”, my design inspiration usually comes from reading and traveling. Through life experience and inspiration, various moments of inspiration are memorized, and this is source of my design inspiration.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
The design style of modern simplicity is my favorite. The design aims at solving problems, but there are many methods to solve problems, from perspectives of aesthetics, a lot of styles can have good looking, but a few of styles can be most suitable. The design is to find out several reasonable ways and solve problems finally.
What helped you to become a great designer?
I come from the South of China, our country has 5,000 years of history, and there are many cultural heritages that are reusable. There is a saying of “National culture is also international culture”, I think this opinion is wrong. There is Ballet Performance Group in China, but why there is no Peking Opera Performance Group in Italy? The national culture is different from international culture, the international design can be shared by the people all around the world, and relevant problems are also international.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
It is very simple, that is to sign the commercial contract and perform it.
How do you think designers should present their work?
In China, it is usually achieved by introduction of familiar friends. I hope that the enterprise can understand and find out designers through internet, the design company with such ability can obtain more job opportunities, rather than depending on “interpersonal relationship”.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
The design process is identical to that of most of interior design companies, and our design process also starts from conceptual design to construction drawings and construction supervision through in-depth design, until final furnishing and layout. Currently, the company can provide customers with a complete set of services.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
We have cooperated with foreign designers to design a resort called as Crosswaters EconLodge & SPA, which was set in national forest park of Huizhou in Guangdong. This project was also selected as one of fifty large ecological resorts in the world by National Geographic Magazine.
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
If there is no travel, I usually get up at 7 o’clock every day, sending my child to school and then going back to the company. In day time, I handle some daily businesses of company and review the design drawings. In the evening, I will go home to stay with my families. My concept design or design inspiration usually occurs after ten o'clock at night.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
The urbanization process of China is very rapid, in one hand, the rapid construction offers more opportunities for designers, but in the other hand, most of design works are finished in a short time, lacking of rational thought, pursuing for rapid commercial values and resulting in damage of environment, these are negative effects. Therefore, as a Chinese designer, I should make more thoughts and self-examination.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
There is an old saying in China of “great truth is simplified”. Any most effective method is usually simplest.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
The world outlook and thinking process of designer are most important.
Where do you think the design field is headed next?
I will obtain inspiration from traveling and reading, but the operation of software is the work of assistants.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
In order to meet the requirements of Chinese market, our company always considers the improvement of working efficiency is the most important one. We will establish powerful design consulting library, including pictures, materials and information required by design, and will standardize part of design work to improve the design efficiency.
What is the role of technology when you design?
They are mainly some real estate developers, such as Vanke – the largest developer in China.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
I like some architectural works designed by Japanese architects, such as Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma and Sou Fujimoto. Their design works can present the unique understanding of the world as a designer from Asia.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
The Crosswaters EconLodge & SPA designed by our team is always under continuous development and construction. In addition, there are also many real estate housings and sales centers under the design and construction. We hope that there will be more and better deign works in the future.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
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