Following a one-week trip to southeast China to discover its immense wholesale market and manufacturing hub, students of the ECAL Product Design Masters programme were asked to portray via sketch the many places they visited throughout their journey, capturing unique moments and casting a fresh look on China’s industry and everyday life. Find out more.
Described as “an intervention” of an existing sports ground in a public school in Beijing, this project is referred to as 1/2 Stadium because the size, scale, formal expression and use of the resulting architecture stand in between an official stadium and a sports field. Continue reading.
"Value Farm creates value by cultivating the land as a collective effort. The project intersects issues of urban transformation, architecture and urban agriculture with an international cultural event, and explores the possibilities of urban farming in the city and how this may integrate with community-building". Continue reading.
Design Shanghai is collaborating with international home and lifestyle magazine AD China to present an extensive four-day international design forum. The AD China Design Forum will feature five daily seminars staged in the Collectibles Hall with prolific designers meeting to discuss the future of global design. With the capacity to hold 200 visitors, the seminar theatre will be designed by Neri&Hu. Talk details.
Critically acclaimed literary magazine Chutzpah! has stopped publication after nearly four years. Chief Editor Ou Ning announced the news on 19 February 2014 on his Weibo and Facebook accounts. Over its print run of 16 issues, the publication has earned “rave reviews by lovers of literature for its presentation and edgy selection of literary content. Subjects ranged from dialect to minority literature, poetry, diaspora, and the last on the ‘Diamond Generation’ of post-89 youth. Each issue also included an abridged English-language supplement consisting mainly of translations from the Chinese”. Read more via randian.
It’s been a while since we’ve reported on EcoChic Design Award, but that’s not to say that there haven’t been any interesting developments lately. From catwalk shows to forums, the 2013 version of the award and involvement in fashion weeks, Redress seem firmly committed to promoting concepts surrounding sustainable fashion. Find out more.
Looking for some mid-week inspiration? Beijing Creatives 7 is set to take place this coming Wednesday (19 Feb) at Dada Bar. Speakers include Anthony Tao, the blogger behind Beijing Cream, marketing director Iris Zhao, 3D photographer Matjaž Tančič, and Penguin Random House China designer Suo Di. Details in the poster above. Find Dada here.
Organised by Song Tao, Design Shanghai will host a live auction in the Collectibles hall on 2 March 2014. Visitors can preview the limited edition designs on offer during the four days prior to the live session. More.
China’s leading design magazine ELLE DECO will be creating a unique experience for Design Shanghai visitors via their pop up café. A cutting edge online-to-offline model, the café will comprise exhibition and store space where visitors will be able to sit among carefully-selected furniture from internationally-renowned designers while ordering products from the ELLE DECO online store. Find out more via Design Shanghai.
The Concrete Flux community has been kept lively with reading groups, film nights and other events. Last December we held a ‘hybidity’ reading group and dinner. We read from Homi Bhabha’s The Location of Culture, a key text in hybridity studies, and dined on the fantastic mixed cultures and mixed concepts cooking of Richard Gong, Orianna Cacchione and Emi Uemura.
British-Chinese artist-designer Wuon-Gean Ho got in touch with us last November to tell us about a coin design that she had just completed for Royal Mint. Today, we are happy to see the results. Find out more.
In celebration of Hanart TZ Gallery’s 30th anniversary, Hanart 100: Idiosyncrasies - a major exhibition and two-day forum jointly presented by Hanart and the Hong Kong Arts Centre - will present a curated selection of 100 significant art objects at the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Hanart Square, in addition to a display of conceptual frameworks at Hanart TZ Gallery. The diverse selection of works on show reflect a particular interpretation of Chinese modern art history, engendering an academic project that explores the structure of the “Chinese contemporary”.
Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection
Last chance! Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection is M+’s first architecture exhibition, “a landmark presentation showcasing the design for the future M+ building by renowned Swiss architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron, with Hong Kong-based TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners HK. [The exhibition reveals] the ongoing development of the 60,000 square-metre museum building as it progresses towards its scheduled completion in late 2017”. Details.
"Inspired by the richness of Chinese culture and its many traditions and beliefs, Shanghai Tang and renowned publisher of legendary notebooks Moleskine collaborate to launch a limited edition series of the Feng Shui Diary (left). Celebrating the Year of the Horse, the cover of this A5 lined notebook is embossed with a tangram horse pattern, a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes. The tangram was originally invented in China during the Song Dynasty to evaluate a person’s intelligence". See more and others like this.
Catch the last few days of Squint, a kinetic light installation presented by FUSE resident and Hong Kong media artist Kenny Wong. Consisting of 50 mirrors, the work is inspired by Wong’s curious observation of the sunlight bouncing around in our artificial habitat. While moving through the space and, at times, capturing the flickers, the audience is guaranteed a playful exploration of the nature of light. Details here and under the cut.
Wallpaper* Handmade is the acclaimed exhibition of contemporary craft and design, showcasing also cutting-edge materials and production techniques. The exhibition, which will travel to China for the very first time with Design Shanghai 2014, will feature five new collaborations between Jaguar and designers Fredrikson Stallard, Moritz Waldemeyer, Mathieu Gustafsson, Salvatori and Neri&Hu.
Wild Feast (pictured) is Shanghai-based Neri&Hu’s contribution. The design duo’s “distinctly modern and bold Chinese interpretation of a very traditional British item – the picnic basket – makes perfect sense: made from precision engineered carbon fibre, their beautifully conceived Wild Feast basket displays a sensitive and intelligent understanding of the contemporary Jaguar aesthetic”. More.
Zhang Xiaochuan is a jewellery designer based in Guangzhou. She studied sculpture and fashion at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts before moving on to the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart, and finishing with a Masters from the Domus Academy in Milan. In 2007, she started Zhang Xiaochuan Jewelry Art Studio, which creates highly refined pieces that “fall somewhere between jewellery and art”, combining classic materials, such as gold, silver and pearls, with unconventional ones like porcelain, wool and silk. Pictured are some of her most recent works. Via Surface Asia.
Exactly one year ago, Christine Tsui initiated the project Contemporary Fashion Designers’ Archive as part of her PhD program at The University of Hong Kong. Miss Tsui, along with her four research assistants, has been collecting news reports, videos, audio tapes and pictures of eight contemporary Chinese designers, including Dooling Jiang, Ji Ji, Jin Taijun, Liangzi, Ma Ke, Wang Xinyuan, Wu Haiyan, and Zhang Da. Today, on behalf of The University of Hong Kong, the team proudly presents the website FASHION ARCHIVE as the outcome of this project. The website is currently under public testing and will be officially launched in late January 2014.
FASHION ARCHIVE is a non-profit, academic website that aims to promote knowledge of contemporary Chinese fashion designers and their design works worldwide, for use by international designers, journalists, students and academics interested in understanding the evolution of China’s contemporary fashion scene.
Yao Yejun is a self-professed “audacious and creative” young designer. After graduating from Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Fudan University in 2010, he worked as a UX designer at IBM before establishing furniture brand Mu Shi Tian Gong in 2012. The name of the brand originates “from the designer’s reverence for the strength and beauty of nature”. Via EightSix.
Founded in 2012 by EVOL-LAB, Lokii is a furniture range that can be used for a variety of purposes. Special features include a “log key and button” joint, which allows for the furniture pieces to be assembled without the use of tools, in addition to portability. Via gooood.hk.
"Imaginary landscapes, over-scaled works, trompe-l’oeuil, scenes with hundreds of extras…A generation of Chinese artists are proposing new visual forms to represent the world and produce images that surprise and delight us". Find out more.
Read an interview with the founder of Thircuir Books via NMiC.
TYPE TRIP - The New Asian Graphic Design Exhibition
TYPE TRIP - The New Asian Graphic Design Exhibition, currently taking place in Hong Kong, explores the relationship between graphic design and typography from eight different Asian cities. Initiated by Japanese design journal typographics ti: in 2011, TYPE TRIP began at ddd gallery in Osaka and travelled to Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Shenzhen, Bangkok and Beijing.
Presented by K11 in cooperation with DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion, and co-curated by Hong Kong-based independent graphic design studio Milkxhake and Japan design unit OOO Projects, this edition of the exhibition aims to “build a new cultural platform for contemporary Asian graphic designers to exchange ideas and creativity among eight different cities, and to discover TYPE TRIP from a fresh perspective”. Details.
Tianhua + Tongji University Shape Marginal House from Helmets
"Shanghai-based Tianhua Architects and Tongji University have built a simple pitched roof structure using bright yellow helmets as part of the Marginal Living project. Currently installed at the Border Warehouse for the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen, the Helmet House is connected to two identically-shaped volumes, each made using different materials. The structures represent three types of lifestyles of those existing on the fringe or edge of mainstream society. In response to the millions of people in China who are unable to inhabit conventional buildings, the main idea was to demonstrate these living conditions through visual, acoustic and tactile experiences in an attempt to help bridge this gap". Continue reading.
South of Southern: Space, Geography, History and the Biennale
From Ou Ning’s Facebook page:
"After 4 years, the last publication of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture 2009 is finally printed out…edited by Ou Ning, designed by Xiaoma and Chengzi, published by China Youth Press, 2014".
After an extended break, Design China is back! We are starting 2014 off with a lovely curatorial initiative by PINWU called Handmade in Hangzhou. Its core philosophy is rong, or “melting and fusion”, which is used by thirteen designers to deconstruct the traditional bamboo crafts of Hangzhou and apply them to contemporary design. Over the next five years, the group also plan to explore silk, porcelain, copper, and paper.
Latitude Design Studio are holding a Christmas sale in their Hong Kong studio throughout December. We briefly caught up with the duo to discuss their thoughts about 2013, and what they hope to achieve next year.
Ken-Tsai Lee is a visual communication designer from Taiwan. He has created a range of visual identities and branding for various creative events in Taiwan, including for Type Directors Club (pictured). See more via Behance.
This year’s Business of Design Week (BODW) is well underway. “Asia’s leading annual design event returns for its 11th edition from 2-7 December 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year, the conference will…[focus] on Belgium’s international importance at the highest level of design and creativity”.
Our friends at NLGX checked in with us recently with this newly-released tee design. Called ‘Epic Fight’ or 巅峰对决, the new design evokes the aesthetic of vintage posters, advertising a fight “between the two greatest Kung Fu legends (LEE vs. LI) the world has ever seen”. In stores now.
Li Degeng and Luo Yi get together for LOFT Creative Festival 2013, which will open this weekend in Shenzhen; comprising an exhibition, creative mart and open lectures throughout December 2013. Details.
"This Sunday from four to eight, AnyShopStyle will be hosting a pop-up shop right in Beijing’s Opposite House. Work of designers from the website will be available for the public to touch, feel and try on. Fashion brands include LUVON by Liu Lu, Sara Yun, NEEMIC, Mandarin & General, TwS, funky, animalistic Yang Du, Elysee Yang, Madeleine Thompson, and Candy & Caviar. For Hong Kong designer Erbert Chong this is the exclusive Mainland launch. His designs will only be available at the event and on AnyShopStyle.com the week after. Accessory brands will include Carmen Chan, French Sole, DSata, Everard & Wang, and Rfactory". Via Stylites.
"For his first solo show at Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Bu Di presents one of the most interesting art exhibitions in Beijing this year, comprising a range of paintings whose visual strength depicts all the components of traditional oriental culture…yet [exemplifies] contemporary mastering". Read more.
"Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an ‘electronic vacuum cleaner’ that can remove smog from urban skies and is working with the mayor of Beijing to use the technology in a new park in the city". Interview and movie via Dezeen.
"The folded concrete walls of this lakeside visitor centre in China’s Anhui Province were designed by architects Archiplein to mimic the uneven surfaces of the surrounding mountains…Architects Feng Yang, Leroux Marlène and Jacquier Francis wanted to design a building that merges with the landscape, like in traditional Chinese landscape paintings". Via Dezeen.
Columbia University have a series of interesting talks and exhibitions taking place throughout China these coming months. Studio-X Beijing, for instance, will offer up a new exhibition called “On the Immediacy of Objecthood and Situatedness of Architecture”, whilst the People Building Better Cities exhibition will open in Shanghai this Sunday with a talk moderated by Dr. Dai Chun, Managing Editor of Time + Architecture and Director of T+A Books Publishing Studio. See also Columbia Global Centers, East Asia for related events.
Ejing (Yijing) Zhang is an emerging Chinese designer currently based in London. Educated at London College of Fashion, Chelsea College of Art and Design, and Royal College of Art, the young talent also boasts experience with Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen and Liberty, London. We spoke with Ejing to discuss her journey to date.
"To prepare ourselves for the dark winter months ahead, Ubi Gallery have created a new exhibition [called Glow] with work from three bright, young artists: Xinzi Song from Beijing, Heng Lee from Taiwan, and Choonson Moon from Korea. All three dare to work with strong colours, outspoken shapes and fresh materials: big gestures to express ourselves and to celebrate life”. Exclusive preview images under the cut.