INSIDE recently announced an exciting array of international designers that will present a series of seminar sessions at this year’s event. The festival will begin with a keynote speech on Wednesday 1 October by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, the international design studio behind projects such as Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart and the soon to be completed Canaletto building in London. Other keynote speakers will include Eric Carlson, Principal of Carbondale, and Rossana Hu and Lyndon Neri of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office. Find out more.
BANMOO @ BJDW 2014
BANMOO Gallery are displaying the newest furniture and accessories designed by Lv Yongzhong in a carefully choreographed installation in Caochangdi. Making use of his 20+ years experience in architecture and interior design, “Lv Yongzhong combines fine materials, engineered comfort and exquisite craftsmanship with Eastern wisdom”. This collection aims to promote “peacefulness and serenity in a hectic urban life, and to develop a language of modern Chinese furniture design with elements that originate in the Ming Dynasty”. Exhibition details.
China Design Challenge
China Design Challenge (CDC) is a new Beijing Design Week feature, which seeks to encourage a global market for Chinese design while promoting values of innovation and R&D investment. This is achieved by launching design challenges open to emerging talent across China in collaboration with established worldwide brands and the strategic cooperation of sina.com. Finalists’ designs from the first challenge, developed with Kikkerland, are currently on show (sneak a peek at some of their work under the cut), and winning products are to hit the global market next May.
Tongji Design Week 2014 will take place on 10-17 October. This event is organised by the Tongji University College of Design and Innovation, Shanghai Week UNESCO City of Design, the Shanghai Industrial Design Association, and the China Industry Design and Research Institute (Shanghai). There will be over 20 exhibitions, forums and other activities on offer under the theme “New Space”. Find out more here and here.
KNEON Magazine x Yetang
This year for Beijing Design Week, independent magazine KNEON will be teaming up with leading e-tailer Yetang and 50 of their independent Chinese designers, as well as graphic designer Nick Wu, to curate a space filled with the work of both local and international emerging talent. Located in the historic hutongs around Dashilar, KNEON will be one of many plug-in exhibits along the street showcasing contemporary Chinese innovation. Their opening party is taking place at No. 92 Yang Mei Zhu Xie Jie this afternoon!
Original words by the organisers; edited by Design China.
Concrete Flux 3 @ Paper Manifestoes
Curated by WAI Think Tank, Hao Chen and Ziyue Liu, Paper Manifestoes is an exhibition of alternative Beijing-based publications, including magazines, fanzines, pamphlets, and artists’ books, which oscillate from the abstract domain of the virtual world to the physical concreteness of architecture; moving from the microscopic scale of domestic containment to the greater scope of urbanism. This year, Concrete Flux will launch their third issue as part of the project. We sat down with co-founder Solveig Suess to unpick more.
Shanshui City is Ma Yansong’s first published manifesto and a collective presentation of MAD’s design philosophy. Designed by Japanese graphic design master Kenya Hara and available in English, Chinese and Japanese, this is the first book in which Ma Yansong systematically interprets connotations of the Shanshui City concept. Alongside the publication release, MAD will also hold a forum and an 11-day exhibition at UCCA during Beijing Design Week 2014. Find out more.
The 8th National Exhibition of Book Design in China
Organised by world-renowned book designer Lu Jingren, the Eighth National Exhibition and Awards of Book Design in China will showcase recent achievements in book art/design. The event is usually held every four years, and is well known both locally and internationally. Details via BJDW 2014.
Design as Enlightenment
The China Design Museum will exhibit 300 objects from their Bauhaus-centered Western Modern and Contemporary History of Design collection at the National Museum of China during BJDW 2014. Presented by the Hangzhou Municipal Government, this display claims to be the largest yet of Asia’s most significant Bauhaus collection, offering “blueprints from small design to big design”. Details via the BJDW 2014 website.