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 to organise 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.
Last month, Beijing-based fashion label NEEMIC launched their Cocoon collection alongside beautiful handcrafted fabrics from Summerwood (夏木). Here, we select some images from the launch event and new collection.
"Based on the essence of traditional calligraphy, the Yuanyuan Chair by Chinese design firm minaxdo features a smooth and elegant shape that resembles the flow of [a] cursive writing style. Ancient Chinese scholars focused particularly on ‘fenggu’, meaning ‘strength of character’…’yuan’, which translates to ‘fluent’ and ‘endless’ is an ergonomically designed armrest made from teak and rosewood. The handcrafted piece uses a mortise and tenon joint, and each of the nodes represent the ‘pause’ of the calligraphy movements". Via designboom.
"Guangzhou-based designers Lin Kongzai and Liang Xiaodi are recent graduates from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, as well as the co-founders of OIUI Design". Check out some of their typography works via NeochaEDGE.
He Jianping is an award-winning graphic designer, professor and publisher. He studied graphic design at China Academy of Art (1991-1994) and Meisterschule of Fine Arts, Berlin University of Arts (1997-2001), before achieving a PhD in cultural history at Frei University, Berlin in 2011. He has taught at Berlin University of the Arts, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, in addition to acting as a PhD supervisor for the latter. In 2002, He Jianping established his own design studio and publishing house called hesign, which is based in Berlin and Hangzhou. Design China recently spoke with the designer to discuss his journey to date.
“Patrick Li is a Chinese-born fashion designer living and working in London. After graduating in Fashion Design and Business Studies from Brighton University in 2009, he honed his skills at the Royal College of Art where he acquired an MA in Fashion Womenswear in 2011. He gained crucial experience with some of the fashion world’s most respected and avant-garde designers, including Hussein Chalayan and Victor & Rolf, and has exhibited his work for the past two seasons at Fashion Scout. Patrick Li debuted with his independent label in 2012, which has since been stocked by Joyce in Hong Kong. We asked him about his journey to date”. Via AnyWearStyle.
This year, Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London will partake in the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (or UABB 2013, taking place from 6 December 2013-28 February 2014) with a unique project modelled on the idea of “Rapid Response Collecting”. The organisational team are currently on the lookout for contributions from Shenzhen-based residents, which we highly recommend getting involved with. Details about the initiative are under the cut.
Calling all Londoners! “From 2 November 2013, celebrated Chinese artist Xu Bing will transform the V&A’s John Madejski Garden with a new installation inspired by the classic Chinese fable Tao Hua Yuan (The Peach Blossom Spring). The V&A invited Xu Bing to create a major new work to coincide with the museum’s forthcoming exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700–1900”. Continue reading.
The D&AD Awards 2014 are now open for entry. Chinese creatives this year are represented with three jury judges, including Nils Andersson, Chief Creative Officer and Asia Regional Head of Art at Y&R China; Bill Chan, Chief Creative Officer of JWT Shanghai; and Chris Chen, Executive Creative Director of Trio Isobar. “D&AD only awards work of the highest standard…The scrutiny and rigour imposed by the internationally-acclaimed judges is legendary, and ensures that only the very best work receives the coveted Yellow, White and Black Pencils”. Submissions should be made in their original language by 29 January 2014. Find out more.
Art Basel in Hong Kong are looking for a temporary VIP Relations Assistant. The position will start from 13 January 2014 to 30 May 2014. Interested and qualified candidates should send all application documents by e-mail to Deborah Ehrlich (VIP Relations Manager Asia) via email@example.com.
Beijing-based Taiwanese designer, Chi Hsiao-En, recently sent in these images of his new product series Li-Wai, which we instantly fell in love with. The concept draws on the forms of different traditional Chinese containers, such as vases and bowls, which are combined with the shape and function of an everyday cup. When the cup is filled, the ‘vase’ or ‘bowl’ is revealed. Buy via Etsy.
Lea Lyu from Hangzhou has devised gendered forms of seating inspired by traditional Chinese chairs. Accompanied by a tea table, the For Couple set exemplifies subtlety “in terms of design evolution, which is directly fed from the method of construction”. Via EightSix.
Founded by China National Garment Association in 2011, Chic Young Blood is an international platform intended “for young domestic and overseas fashion brands to gain new energy and a rooting in the Chinese market”. Head on over to 751 D-Park where this year’s edition of the event is currently underway; until 27 October 2013.
It’s been a busy few weeks, from Design China’s involvement with Creative Cities (due to take place in Taiwan later this year), Selects 2014 (organised by Somerset House in London), and V&A, as well as writing for our friends over at Jing Daily and AnyWearStyle. Wuhao Curated Shop has also, sadly, moved from their beautiful courtyard space at Mao’er 35 (although, we are sure they will resurface with another incredible space very soon); meanwhile, NEEMIC have launched an intriguing new collection, and Chic Young Blood opened its doors to Beijing today. Watch this space for details.
Happy Birthday to Design China! With 735 posts under our belt, we are now, officially two years old. The team will be taking a short break to recuperate from LFW, LDF 2013 and BJDW 2013, and to enjoy the rest of Golden Week. See you all again very soon!
If you’re based in Chengdu and have nothing to do over Golden Week, why not pop down to SURGE Art Fair 2013 (previously Affordable Art China) this coming week? From 1-5 October, this year’s edition of the popular event will take place at Dongjiao Jiyi, Chengdu Eastern District Music Park. Details.
Head on over to Cha’er 19 in Dashilar to view Label Aleph’s beautiful, new saMPLE Collection. We actually bumped into Rotterdam and Jingdezhen-based Label Aleph co-founder Carola Zee in The Hague (of all places) last week; watch this space for a more in-depth interview with the talented porcelain designer. Meanwhile, please enjoy this short series of images of the BJDW 2013 showcase currently on view.
As part of Design Hop: Dashilar, creators of online journal Concrete Flux will bring to BJDW 2013 Audio Archaeology, a participatory event that aims to focus people’s attention on the sounds of a visually-chaotic Beijing:
"We want people to be more aware of the urban environments around them, to realise that, in spite of all the stress and frustrations of mega-city life, cities are some of the most fascinating creations of humankind. Cities often thrust upon us complex and overwhelming sensory experiences, which deaden our observational abilities and desires. Our project seeks to reawaken these observations of urban environments in the ancient and rapidly changing city of Beijing, and in so doing raise an awareness of the complex reality of the city in all its grime and glory".
"We know that Beijing’s architecture and design scene is becoming ever more dynamic. Now is the perfect time for design-minded professionals to meet and share their ideas in a chic setting away from the office. That’s where we come in. To coincide with the opening of this year’s Beijing Design Week, we’ll be hosting our first Architect@Work Drinks with Hotel Éclat Beijing on 26 September 2013”.
"Award-winning Chinese designer, Ji Cheng, returned to Fashion Scout this autumn to present her highly-anticipated spring/summer 2014 collection. Inspired by Peony Pavilion, a hauntingly beautiful romance composed by Tian Xianzu in the Ming Dynasty and, arguably, the most acclaimed narrative to emerge from ancient China, the designer’s latest body of work sought to embody the tender passion and desire conveyed by the story’s two main characters". Continue reading.
"As the crowds pulled in at London’s Somerset House to welcome London Fashion Week’s spring/summer 2014 collections…a similar flurry of activity – a visible mixture of excitement, anticipation, and nerves – was evident at London’s Royal Opera House where Design by Shanghai – a one-day event showcasing 11 of China’s hottest fashion design talents - was presented by Shanghai Fashion Designers’ Association. Xiaoyu Lu of renaître, Stella Lam, Lily Lee of Xisu Shanghai, LUMINIFEROUS AETHER, Zheng Xiaodan and Ji Cheng, as well as five brands represented by multi-brand store Dongliang Studio, personally showcased their collections in an informal but charming indoor garden space, whilst three catwalk shows took place at intervals throughout the day". More via AnyWearStyle.
"Ma Yansong’s latest design, Chaoyang Park, is a continued exploration of [his] Shan Shui City concept. The all-encompassing complex he has proposed is an interpretation of China’s ancient philosophy [set] within a contemporary metropolis. Positioned adjacent to the world’s second largest city park, within the typical CBD area of the Chinese capital, Ma Yansong aims to obliterate the distinct boundaries between the park and the city by immersing his architecture within the green space, extending nature into the urban environment”. Via designboom.
Last year, Henny van Nistelrooy’s Craft & Industry, unveiled during Beijing Design Week (BJDW) 2012, caught our eye before the festival had even started. We return to the designer’s studio this year to find out what the Dutch-born creative is presenting for BJDW 2013.
From 26 September to 3 October 2013, Beijing Design Week (BJDW) returns to the capital with a promising programme cultivated by the new Creative Director, Beatrice Leanza.
"BJDW 2013 proposes an established format of key sections, including: Design Forum; Smart City 2013 - a main exhibition produced and hosted by China Museum of Digital Arts (CMoDA); the annual Design Award devoted to local innovators; the Design Hop series - the largest component of BJDW; the Guest City program; and a new trading platform dubbed Design Market". Design China previews just some of the highlights.
"Shanghai is a fantastic city undergoing incredible change. The city’s impressive growth, however, does not come without consequences. To make room for the already abundant high-rises, many old areas are being knocked down. This short film highlights the disappearance of a small historical quarter (小南门, or Xiao Nan Men) in Shanghai, and the impact this has [had] on its community". Watch the video.