Human-centred musician kit winning design awards

Since middle school, Dr Zhang Chuanhao has chosen music as his lifelong career. He has left his musical footprints receiving education and working in the mainland China, Hong Kong, Europe, US and other places. As he embarked on his music teaching career, he discovered that most of the music accessories on the market were outdated and inconvenient. 

“So I decided to create new music accessories that meet modern needs and design truly good products for every musician in the world,” he said. With his musical background and passion for art, he founded RITKIT which focuses on designing and producing musical accessories. The startup office moved to the InnoHub at Shezhen Research Institute (SZRI) of CUHK in October 2021.  

RIT originates from Ritardanto, drawing on slowing melodies to illustrate the brand’s attitude towards music using a pure and rational rhythm. “Looking inwards, we slow down and retrace the intrinsic nature of music. Searching outward, we escalate and excel with our passion in music,” Dr Zhang said. 

The second-generation RITKIT musician kit launched in 2023 won the Best of the Best award in the Red Dot Design Award and the iF Design Award this year. This kit combines a music stand, a desktop music stand, a storage box, and a music stand lamp. With the music stand as the core, it can be used in different combinations according to different scenarios. The company looks forward to building a global music brand with international influence in the next decade. 

Dr Zhang Chuanhao (2023 CUHK doctoral graduate in Music) is the founder of RITKIT and the designer of the awarding-winning musician kit
The Red Dot jury’s comments for the RITKIT Musician-KIT: The music stand features a number of helpful add-ons which fit consistently with the uncluttered look and high quality of the main product. It is also very easy to use – not a single screw is required.
2017Preparation for the establishment of InnoHub
January 2018InnoHub was put into service, and had the first incubatee admitted
12 May 2018Inaugural opening ceremony of InnoHub
May 2019Registered as “Guangdong Science and Technology Enterprise Makerspace”
August 2019Registered as “Shenzhen Nanshan Makerspace”
October 2019Accredited as “Shenzhen Entrepreneurship Incubation Base” by the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality
November 2019Recognized as “Shenzhen High-tech Industrial Park Science and Technology Resource Supporting Feature Carrier” with funding support by the Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Commission for 3 consecutive years
January 2020Accredited as “Shenzhen Makerspace” by the Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Commission
April 2020Accredited as “National Makerspace” by the Torch High Technology Industry Development Center, Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China
December 2020Accredited as one of “100 Cities and 100 Parks” Science and Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institutions with funding support by the Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Commission for 2 consecutive years
January 2021Accredited as “Guangdong Enterprises Makerspace” by the Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province
November 2021Accredited as the “Excellent Organizational Unit” and “Excellent Execution Unit” of the 13th China (Shenzhen) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
December 2022Accredited as “Shenzhen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Base of Hong Kong and Macao Youth” by the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality

Milestones of the InnoHub at SZRI

Innovation and entrepreneurship event organised by the InnoHub at SZRI


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