This year’s EcoChic Design Award opened with a launch event in Hong Kong earlier this month. The competition is now open to emerging designers from 10 regions including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, UK, Malaysia, France, Germany, Sweden and Denmark. Deadline for applications is 15 August 2014. Find out more.
"The V&A Museum will collaborate with developer China Merchants Group on content for the Shekou Museum in Shenzhen designed by Tokyo architect Fumihiko Maki.
The Japanese architect, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1993, unveiled models of the museum to coincide with the formal signing of an agreement between the V&A and the Chinese development company”. Via Dezeen.
China Design Museum (CDM) is founded by China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. The museum is used for the preservation, exhibition and research of Western modern design with a focus on Bauhaus, and its collection currently comprises over 7000 exemplary pieces of design work. Architect and 1992 Pritzker winner Alvaro Siza has been invited to design the new CDM building, due to be completed in 2015.
Red Dot x Xiamen International Business of Design Week 2014
"For the third time in a row, Red Dot is a major partner and co-organiser of the Xiamen International Design Business Week. From 5-8 November 2014, true to the motto ‘Design for Luxury Living’, inspiring product exhibitions, informative presentations, an exclusive design forum with renowned speakers and the Red Dot Academy invite for professional exchange, networking and entering new markets". Continue reading.
"Out past the Fifth Ring Road in the northeastern outskirts of Beijing, the scenery gradually fades into the countryside. This also makes the high-end Red Brick [Art] Museum stand out all the more…made sheerly from red bricks and a garden made up only of slate-grey bricks summon up almost a surreal dream - but real it is! This distinctive project designed by Dong Yugan, an architect from Beijing University, thoroughly pushed the potential of brickwork to the limit, while its many modern landscape design elements makes the site not only a large-scale private museum, but also a luxury Chinese-inspired garden, along with a cafe and restaurant. The owner? Professional artist turned real estate mogul, Yan Shijie”. Via randian.
This year’s CAFA graduate exhibitions are currently underway; taking place throughout the school campus until 11 June 2014. The Industrial Design Studio are hosting an extra preview night tomorrow (6 June) from 17:00-20:00, where they will present “novel applications for Xuan Paper, home fungus growing, high-tech tea making, fractal DIY bag construction, Kuaidi vehicle design, and more!”
Located in The Building Centre at Store Street in London, China Design Centre is “a new and independent initiative to facilitate better and deeper understanding of excellent contemporary design from China and to foster creative partnerships with British architectural and design practices”. Continue reading.
Design Anthology (DA) is a new magazine by Suzy Annetta, an Australian interior designer based in Hong Kong. “We see DA as a celebration of the burgeoning creative and cultural scene in Asia”, she says. “Making up more than half of the world’s population, this is an important place”. Printed in Hong Kong on FSC-certified paper, and available on newsstands internationally, DA is a magazine “for design connoisseurs, sybarites and bon vivants”.
Originally from Taiwan, UK-based Li-Chu Wu trained in Metalsmithing and Jewellery Design at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan before completing a Masters in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products at Birmingham City University, UK. Her current jewellery work makes use of layers of paper, which are used to evoke subtle movement and tactile qualities - natural forms and processes, says the designer, inspire each of her collections. She has exhibited worldwide, including in Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland, USA, Taiwan, China and the United Kingdom.
Beijing Design Week, in collaboration with DONTSTOP architettura, presents Across Chinese Cities – Beijing, an investigation into the Chinese capital’s spatial transformations and its historical district Dashilar, as a Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.
Inside Tesa 100 at the Arsenale Novissimo, Across Chinese Cities – Beijing expounds upon the complex architectural and social transformation of the city, looking at contemporary challenges between globalisation and localism, and the processes of continuous adaptation and resilience found therein, which remain paradigmatic for many contemporary cities like Beijing. Continue reading.
"Gallery ALL recently opened in downtown LA’s iconic Bradbury Building to showcase Chinese design and create an artistic dialogue that spans from East to West and around the world.
Founders Yu Wang (an architect) and Qinqyun Ma (the Dean at USC School of Architecture) named their new project Gallery ALL to emphasise their goal of creating a crossroads for emerging designers, cutting-edge experimental design, and a center for educational ideas. Walking around the light-filled space with the founders and designers, Zhoujie Zhang and Naihan Li (who are featured in the first show) proved just how significant and exciting Gallery ALL promises to be”. Continue reading.
"Designer Zhang Da and his label Boundless have long been synonymous with an intellectual yet relaxed approach to fashion. His recent Shanghai Fashion Week show for the brand’s A/W collection offered exactly that.
Da’s propositions for next season felt familiar, if not necessarily safe. He’s a designer on the constant quest for a distinctive equilibrium between the austere and the luxurious. His aesthetic is cerebral and often literary, a meditative pursuit rather than a process of embellishment – a kind of haute normcore, if you’d like”. Continue reading.
Marc & Chantal Design recently “conceptualised, curated and designed a museum grade display, Anecdotes from The Peak – A walk through the rich heritage and natural beauty of the Peak, as a public exhibition for Wheelock Properties. The enlightening and entertaining look at Hong Kong’s past is part of a broad brand exercise for a residential project on the Peak”. Find out more.
"Children can clamber onto the curved roof of this community library in China, which architects John Lin and Olivier Ottevaere designed for an earthquake-damaged village in Yunnan Province”. Leading a team from the University of Hong Kong, the architects built the library and community centre, named The Pinch, as part of a government reconstruction programme. Continue reading.
"The city of Lijiang, China is known historically as a trading settlement marked by bridges and canals activated by the presence and utility of water. Local practice Li Xiaodong Atelier created the Water House at the base of the adjacent Yulong Mountain, designed to honour the ancient character of the city: water. The home consists of several internal/external courtyards and pools that, while preserving a sense of privacy, also offer the experience of the surrounding landscape and view of the city”. Via designboom.
Studio KDSZ (creators of the Li-Wai product range) will participate in In Bed With Designers 2014 hosted by BuyMeDesign at Mini Hotel HK from 9-11 May. The event “connects emerging visionary designers with passionate design lovers, media, industry professionals and buyers in a relaxed and multi-sensory business and networking platform”. Find out more.
Design China is also in partnership with INSIDE 2014, a festival and global awards programme unlike any other. INSIDE honours the most extraordinarily sublime interiors of the past year, sharing them with the world and celebrating their creators. Collocated with the World Architecture Festival (WAF), INSIDE will host some of the most innovative interior designers working today. Find out more.
Design China is thrilled to announce a new media partnership with World Architecture Festival (WAF), the largest festival and live awards for the global architecture community. Taking place from 1-3 October 2014 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, WAF 2014 is set to be a heart stopping, adrenaline pumping, career affirming explosion of talent, inspiration and creativity. To be at the heart of WAF and position your practice as a trailblazer of architectural excellence, enter the WAF Awards before 30 May 2014. How to enter.
How are urban spaces in China causing the mixing and mingling of different desires and needs, of traditions and new trends? And what are the offspring of this merging together of so many diverse elements?
On 10 May 2014 from 16:00-19:00, Institute for Provocation (IFP) in Beijing will host the launch of Concrete Flux Issue 2: Hybridity and the City. Each attendee will make their own magazine, in their own desired order, from articles and works by writers, photographers and designers. The front cover will also be made by groups of attendees – don’t expect full control of your magazine. The unexpected exemplifies hybridity. Find out more.
Catch the last few spots on this incredible walking tour:
"Join Beijing Postcards and Bespoke Beijing for this Limited Edition series of six night-time walking tours featuring never-before-published material and an exclusive post-tour exhibition. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis, so don’t miss out!” Find out more.
Sixteen young, budding designers studying fashion design at CAFA staged a catwalk of their collections at 751 D-Park last week. We especially loved the no-nonsense, elegant pieces from Masters graduate Yang Xiaohan. See more via CAFA Art Info.
"Young Chinese artist and fashion photographer Sun Jun takes a mixed media approach, mixing photography and painting to create a timeless sense with a distinctly Chinese visual style. His most recent work, Tea of Ancient Classics or 茶经, captures a semi-sexed-up series of scenes of runway-material models in elegant poses, the theme of which is traditional Chinese tea.
The work weaves modern fashion photography and old school Chinese landscape painting elements to form a fusion that retains a pleasing amount of dissonance. The models are wearing subdued-tone clothing designed by Shanghai-based fashion label La Vie”. Continue reading.
Meridian Space is a new gallery, retail, and events zone located inside the freshly-built Culture & Creative Park at 77 Meishuguan Hou Jie. 77 C&C Park, as it is otherwise known, is an initiative of the Dongcheng district government, who have repurposed a group of buildings that were previously used as an offset printing factory into a cluster of film production, web design, and other creative industry offices. The center of the park is dominated by a theater space still under construction, which is due to open on 17 April 2014. Next to it, at the base of the print factory’s giant smokestack, is Meridian Space. Continue reading.
'Starchitect' Zaha Hadid's Next High-Profile China Stop: Macau
"Zaha Hadid’s unconventional designs have attracted both fans and critics, but Macau has clearly opted for the ‘fan’ category. Best known for her futuristic, undulating concepts, Hadid is the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize and is no stranger to China. Her designs of the Guangzhou Opera House and a series of SOHO buildings in Beijing are well-known throughout the world. Now, she will soon be adding a Macau structure to her expanding China portfolio: a 40-storey sculptural hotel called the City of Dreams is set to grace the global gambling locale’s luxe Cotai strip”. Continue reading.
Design China readers and designers Stephen Wright and Niek van Wingerden sent in these reworked logos that reinterpret six famous brands using only Chinese characters. Can you deduce which brand is which?