Wang Sijia is an illustrator based in Beijing. EightSix caught up with the artist to ask him some questions about practicing as an illustrator in China. [[MORE]]Could you tell us a bit about yourself, and how you ended up on the road to design? My name is Wang Sijia, and I’m from Heilongjiang Province. After graduating from college in 2009, I moved to Beijing. When I was younger, I loved...
More on Li Naihan
Beijing-based furniture designer Li Naihan is concocting some interesting, new collaborative works. Here are some fun snapshots from the designer herself. [[MORE]]
More on NLGX
Beijing-based NLGX have just sent in these images of their newly-renovated store. The brand also released new tee designs last month, including a much needed ‘I ♥ Beijing’ set. More images under the cut. [[MORE]]
Zhuang Hui x Arrow Factory
“The shocking pink and blue velour drapes that bifurcate Arrow Factory’s front window are the daytime manifestations of Zhuang Hui’s new work ‘No Title’. Each day at dusk strobe lighting behind the curtains comes to life, transforming these static colours into a mysterious yet silent disco lightshow, causing fleeting shadows to dance sporadically upon the windows....
More on BJDW 2013
Beijing Design Week 2013 opened their call for applications this week. Completed materials are due 10 June 2013. Find out more.
More on Neri&Hu
Shanghai-based Neri&Hu, whom we interviewed for Icon magazine last month, have been incredibly busy of late with new architectural projects and product launches, including a recent renovation of a 1930s townhouse in Shanghai and a new range of wooden furniture for De La Espada in New York.
Born and raised in the US, David Hu (Hu Yuwen) has lived and worked in Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan and New York City. With degrees in both mechanical engineering and industrial design, David brings together strategic design, technical expertise and highly conceptual work to every project he undertakes, including those for multinational corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Unilever and...
ARCHITECT@WORK China 2013
“ARCHITECT@WORK is an event exclusively designed for architects, designers and other industry-related professionals with a focus on innovation. The entire concept has been uniquely created by architects for architects”. ARCHITECT@WORK China will take place in Shanghai (27-28 June 2013 @ Shanghai Expo Center) and Beijing (5-6 December 2013 @ China International Exhibition Center)....
China Graduate Fashion Week 2013
“The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing has been grabbing headlines lately, first for playing host to the Dior Homme show in April and, more recently, for presenting an outstanding show at China Graduate Fashion Week 2013, raising the bar for the quality of work expected of this event series in the future”. Continue reading. Images via Zimbio.
More on Yang Du
New looks from London-based Chinese fashion designer Yang Du. [[MORE]]
China in Ten Words
China in Ten Words by Yu Hua is not a creative or design book per se, but it is “a good encapsulation of all that is contemporary China”. In other words, if you are interested in learning more about the state of Chinese design, then this is a good place to start. Quotation source.
Finding a good quality bespoke laptop or iPad case can, sometimes, be a difficult task. Thankfully, China-based enterprise, Suoran, come to the rescue with their unique range of understated, eco-friendly products that are, apparently, made of 100% natural wool felt. Visit their Taobao store for more. If you do not reside in China, a selection of Suoran products can be found on Amazon too.
Ying Wang is a promising graphic designer. The young creative graduated from Beijing Capital Normal University in 2009 with an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design, and works across an array of mediums - from packaging to logo design, posters and even app design. Here, we share some of the designer’s portfolio images. [[MORE]]
More on Ray Lei
Beijing-based illustrator Ray Lei has just sent us details of an upcoming exhibition he will be taking part in (alongside collaborators Thomas Sauvin and Zafka); from 18-27 May 2013, Today Art Museum will showcase their new Recycled animation (sneak peek above). Ray Lei tells us more. [[MORE]]The following images “come from negatives salvaged from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing,...
More on Ubi Gallery
Head on over to Dashilar-based Ubi Gallery to preview their new May arrivals! Details via the False Flat news bulletin.
Droog Copies China
The exhibition has already passed, but the ideas brought forth are still very relevant: “Dutch design collective Droog will turn the notion of piracy in China on its head by unveiling its own copies of Chinese objects in a Guangzhou shopping centre. While Chinese companies and the government strive to shed their copycat reputation, The New Original project suggests that the process of...
China Wood Sculpture Museum
“Chinese studio MAD has unveiled the first photographs of its icicle-shaped museum for wooden sculptures in Harbin, northeast China. Nicknamed the Ice City, Harbin experiences regular snowfall…MAD designed the China Wood Sculpture Museum with a twisted 200 metre-long body modelled on the shapes made by frozen liquids. Plates of polished steel clad the exterior of the building and are...
Taiyuan Museum of Art
“Cambridge-based architect Preston Scott Cohen has shared exclusive images with designboom of the nearly completed Taiyuan Museum of Art in the Chinese province of Shanxi. The architecture is a responsive composition of the [site’s] urban greenery…and encourages seamlessness between public and private space. The group of buildings is a network of continuous and discontinuous...
Initiated in 2011 by Amihan Zemp and Hans Martin Galliker, NEEMIC is founded with three main visions at heart: to create outstanding fashion, to help make China’s fashion industry more environmentally sustainable, and to build bridges between Europe and Asia. Based in Beijing, NEEMIC is a member of Agrachina (a network aimed towards promoting organic agriculture in China) and collaborates...
Juanjuan Hu is a jewellery designer with a background in product design. After completing an MA in Industrial Design at Hubei University of Technology in China, the young creative moved on to London in order to study jewellery design at Central Saint Martins. Already a recipient of a number of awards, Juanjuan Hu currently resides in Shanghai as an affiliate of the Industrial Design department,...
Design China x Creative Bloq
Design China x Creative Bloq (UK) report on the top 10 most inspiring designs/designers to come from China yet. Who made the list?
Job Opportunity: Amazon China
“Amazon.com is seeking a Visual Designer to work with the Amazon Design team in China. This position is responsible for delivering highly polished mockups and production-ready artwork that will be viewed by millions of customers and have an impact on [our] creative direction as we move forward”. Fluency in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English is a must. View this and other creative...
Wong Chi Fung
Wong Chi Fung is a Hong Kong-born designer. He graduated with a higher diploma in product design from IVE (Sha Tin), and won bronze award in the 2005 Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass Competition. Pictured is his incredibly poetic Lotus Leaf dining set, made from a combination of natural and carbonised bamboo.
Koi Table by Chinese firm Dee Feels reminds us a little of an inverted version of Zaha Hadid’s Liquid Glacial Table. See more via EightSix.
Ai Weiwei (Part 3)
With Beijing Design Week currently in Milan, we discuss with Ai Weiwei the success, effects and failures of last year’s event in the last of our unique interview series. [[MORE]]Last year, the team behind CCD - The Community used Beijing Design Week (BJDW) as a launching platform. Now, they are working hard to develop their future strategy. What are your thoughts about the 2012 debut...
JIA Inc. is a Hong Kong-based product design brand and collective. Established in 2007, the company offers designs from both established creatives, including Yung Ho Chang, as well as emerging talents. This Purple Clay Coffee Set by Gearlab is one of our faves. www.jia-inc.com
BJDW x Milan 2013
Beijing Design Week is back in Milan this year, this time with two main features. Details.
Jimmy Choo Afternoon Tea, Hong Kong
“From 2 April to 5 May 2013, MO Bar at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong will be serving an exclusive Jimmy Choo afternoon tea, inspired by the gypsy glamour of its latest spring/summer collection”. Continue reading.
Job Opportunity: IDEO Shanghai
“Global design firm IDEO is seeking a Senior Communication Designer to help shape its rapidly growing Shanghai branch. The ideal candidate would be comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary setting since he or she will be working with people from a variety of backgrounds”. More via Creative Hunt.
“CMYKer from Nanjing is a Chinese designer who possesses a very strong portfolio of work from type design to illustration”. Via EightSix.
Marc & Chantal Design
Marc Cansier is head of the branding and communication department at Marc & Chantal Design, which he founded in 1992 with partners Marc Brulhart and Chantal Rechaussat. A graduate of fine arts and graphic design from Ecole Superieure d’Art Graphique (Atelier Penninghen) in Paris, he is a full member of the Hong Kong Designers’ Association and a part-time lecturer at Hong Kong...
Job Opportunity: Design Republic
Shanghai-based Design Republic are searching for an exceptional graphic designer. Find out more.
Mei Li Zhou Church
Mei Li Zhou Church, completed by Tokyo-based Tsushima Design Studio, is located in Hangzhou, China. Sitting in a wooded area, “not only was the user experience and functionality [of the building] of great importance…but also working with environmentally low impact materials and minimising damage to the natural surroundings”. The studio are currently working on other commercial...
Xiangxiangxiang Boutique Container Hotel
A stunning boutique hotel created entirely from shipping containers by Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design. Located in Shanxi Province. See more.
Designers & Books: Aric Chen
Zara Arshad of Design China interviews M+ (museum) curator and former Beijing Design Week Creative Director, Aric Chen, for Designers & Books. Read the interview here. Image courtesy of Chelin Miller.
More on China Fashion Week 2013
Fashion writer Cassandra Kirk reviews VLOV by Wu Qingqing; recently unveiled during China Fashion Week 2013. [[MORE]]The VLOV man is retro gentleman this winter, decked out in classic American casuals and sporting elements, should he have to take to his horse/biplane at a moment’s notice. Preppy V-necks went over white shirts and roll necks, a furry cardigan with a ribbed shawl neck and...
Happy belated Easter from Design China x Been! We are looking forward to celebrating the arrival of Spring during Qingming or Tomb Sweeping Day. What have you got planned this holiday?
“Book launch: Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project and Xinjiang Research, published by China CITIC Press, March 2013. Meet Liu Xiaodong and Ou Ning at Fangsuo Commune, Guangzhou on 2 April 2013, and at Cafe Copy, Today Art Museum, Beijing on 8 April 2013”. Via Ou Ning.
CIDA Awards 2013
China Industrial Design Association (CIDA), based in Beijing, was registered at the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 1979 and is authorised by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. It is a national, academic and non-profit organisation formed by Chinese industrial design enterprises, groups and professionals that hope to improve the local market and enhance economic development...
Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style
Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style, an exhibition that originally opened on 6 July 2012 at London’s Barbican Centre, has now arrived in Shanghai, China courtesy of Barbican Centre curators Lindy Hemming and Bronwyn Cosgrave, Praline (exhibition graphics) and Ab Rogers Design (exhibition design). Showing at Minsheng Museum from 28 March until 30 June 2013. David Tanguy (Praline) and...
China Fashion Week 2013
Too much is happening in the world of Chinese fashion! China Fashion Week is currently underway in Beijing, and Shanghai Fashion Week is due to be launched in early April 2013. Click the embedded links for more. Pictured are works from Chinese fashion designer, Wang Peiyi, who debuted his latest collection at 751 D-Park, Beijing on 24 March 2013. Image credits, Organising Committee of CFW.
More on Su Guangyu
Just released; new S/S 2013 collection by Su Guangyu. [[MORE]]
Yang Du is a Dalian-born fashion designer currently based in London, UK. She launched her own brand in 2009 after completing an MA degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins (CSM) and working under John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and Giles Deacon. After completing two seasons as part of British Fashion Council’s NewGen initiative for the support of exceptional talent, her namesake...
More on CHairEYES
New from CHairEYES. Do you recognise the famous frame?
New Channel Design & Social Innovation Project
“New Channel is a 3-year project that explores social innovation as a means of protecting intangible cultural heritage specifically related to the Dong ethnic group who reside in Tong-Dao County, Hunan Province. The project integrates design and social innovation based on community and network, and promotes collaboration among multiple organisations and groups, including government,...
“A’postrophe Design, founded by Shanghai native Ivan Zhang, [is wholly concerned with redesigning] traditional furniture forms to increase usability. Having studied at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Ivan Zhang is currently studying for his masters in industrial design in Germany. His bookshelf project addresses the need of having to tilt the last book in a...
Taiwanese design studio, AGUA Design, work across various disciplines, from graphics and stationery design, to commercial applications and conceptual works that address global issues surrounding education and the environment. Clients include Zuny, Taiwan Design Center, Benetton and HP, to name a few. www.aguadesign.com
Zhang Jiajia Design
Zhang Jiajia is a young, Chinese graphic designer based in Beijing. See more samples of his typographic work under the cut. Via EightSix. [[MORE]]
More on Vega Zaishi Wang
New collection from Vega Zaishi Wang. See more.
Wangjing SOHO Construction
Design China friend and product designer, Henny van Nistelrooy, has just moved into a new north Beijing space. Meet his neighbour, Zaha Hadid’s Wangjing SOHO, currently under construction. Image courtesy of Henny van Nistelrooy.