"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?
Design China reader, Michele Galeotto, sent us this article regarding an exhibition that he is currently assisting with called Yù – Designing China 中国设计进行时, which will be held in the cloister of Milan University “Statale” from 7-13 April 2014. Continue reading.
Design Shanghai successfully took place earlier this month, drawing in crowds that seriously challenged the capacity of the venue. Here are some photo highlights, courtesy of Design Shanghai and EightSix.
"Arrow Factory is pleased to present 180 Canvases, an installation by architects Marcella Campa and Stefano Avesani that injects a vibrant colour spectrum into the hutong environment. [This forms] part of a continued series of hutong interventions entitled Theory of Moments - temporary site-specific installations that engage Beijing neighbourhoods currently under demolition”. Read more.
In this cross post between Design China and EightSix, we are excited to present the work of designer Mengya Hao from Taiyuan in China. She studied at Jiangnan University before heading to University of the Arts, London. Find out more about her journey under the cut.
BUHUA is an anthology of works of Beijing-based artist, Bu Hua. The publication is designed by acclaimed Hong Kong designer Chen Youjian, who says of Bu Hua, “[Her] imagination is a place with unparalleled wonder and emotion, a fountain of humour and ideas. My creative domain, like Bu Hua’s, is similar to childhood – clean, clever, and full of curiosity”. Continue reading.
"ArtWalk is Hong Kong’s biggest annual charity art event with 60 galleries around Hong Kong Island opening their doors between 16.30 and 23.30 on Wednesday 12 March 2014. After buying a ticket and receiving your ArtWalk entry badge, you can take any route on the ArtWalk night in any order to visit (or re-visit) galleries and enjoy complimentary food and drinks. A highlight of ArtWalk every year is ArtWalk Extra, featuring additional displays of art that can be seen around Hong Kong’s historic streets". Find out more.
Last chance! After 3 great years in Beijing’s Sanlitun, Shanghai Trio is on the move again. As a result, they are holding a closing down sale until 15 March 2014. We are yet to hear if the brand will resurface in another Beijing location (their current space will be transformed into a restaurant), but the Shanghai and online stores remain open at least.
"Yuan Jai has a long and deep connection with the Chinese classical tradition of blue-and-green landscape painting; yet through her intuitive, playful reinterpretations of that tradition, she creates uniquely fresh and surprising visions of an alternative ‘natural’ world. Yuan also draws inspiration from folk traditions, in particular Chinese paper-cuts, using their formal elements as a foundation for creative restructuring in a range of presentations, from collage to painting. She employs the accoutrements of realism to conjure the world of her own imagination, an approach that reveals both her conceptual process and her ambition to break new ground in the realm of figurative painting". Yuan Jai’s new work, Year of Abundance, is up at Hanart TZ Gallery until 14 March. Details.
Milan Expo 2015: Tsinghua University Teams with Studio Link-Arc to Design China Pavilion
“Tsinghua University, alongside their partners at New York-based Studio Link-Arc, have been announced as winners of a competition to design the Chinese Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Expanding on the Expo’s overarching theme, ‘Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life’, the pavilion…is centered on the idea that hope can be realised when nature and the city exist in harmony”. Via ArchDaily.
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.