With a background in literature, photography and art history, jewellery designer Anshu Hu is a 2014 graduate of the MA Jewellery Design programme at Central Saint Martins. She was also the winner of the Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Design Competition this year, and has already been featured in The Guardian and Harper’s Bazaar online.
INSIDE recently announced an exciting array of international designers that will present a series of seminar sessions at this year’s event. The festival will begin with a keynote speech on Wednesday 1 October by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, the international design studio behind projects such as Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart and the soon to be completed Canaletto building in London. Other keynote speakers will include Eric Carlson, Principal of Carbondale, and Rossana Hu and Lyndon Neri of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office. Find out more.
BANMOO Gallery are displaying the newest furniture and accessories designed by Lv Yongzhong in a carefully choreographed installation in Caochangdi. Making use of his 20+ years experience in architecture and interior design, “Lv Yongzhong combines fine materials, engineered comfort and exquisite craftsmanship with Eastern wisdom”. This collection aims to promote “peacefulness and serenity in a hectic urban life, and to develop a language of modern Chinese furniture design with elements that originate in the Ming Dynasty”. Exhibition details.
China Design Challenge (CDC) is a new Beijing Design Week feature, which seeks to encourage a global market for Chinese design while promoting values of innovation and R&D investment. This is achieved by launching design challenges open to emerging talent across China in collaboration with established worldwide brands and the strategic cooperation of sina.com. Finalists’ designs from the first challenge, developed with Kikkerland, are currently on show (sneak a peek at some of their work under the cut), and winning products are to hit the global market next May.
Tongji Design Week 2014 will take place on 10-17 October. This event is organised by the Tongji University College of Design and Innovation, Shanghai Week UNESCO City of Design, the Shanghai Industrial Design Association, and the China Industry Design and Research Institute (Shanghai). There will be over 20 exhibitions, forums and other activities on offer under the theme “New Space”. Find out more here and here.
This year for Beijing Design Week, independent magazine KNEON will be teaming up with leading e-tailer Yetang and 50 of their independent Chinese designers, as well as graphic designer Nick Wu, to curate a space filled with the work of both local and international emerging talent. Located in the historic hutongs around Dashilar, KNEON will be one of many plug-in exhibits along the street showcasing contemporary Chinese innovation. Their opening party is taking place at No. 92 Yang Mei Zhu Xie Jie this afternoon!
Original words by the organisers; edited by Design China.
Curated by WAI Think Tank, Hao Chen and Ziyue Liu, Paper Manifestoes is an exhibition of alternative Beijing-based publications, including magazines, fanzines, pamphlets, and artists’ books, which oscillate from the abstract domain of the virtual world to the physical concreteness of architecture; moving from the microscopic scale of domestic containment to the greater scope of urbanism. This year, Concrete Flux will launch their third issue as part of the project. We sat down with co-founder Solveig Suess to unpick more.
Shanshui City is Ma Yansong’s first published manifesto and a collective presentation of MAD’s design philosophy. Designed by Japanese graphic design master Kenya Hara and available in English, Chinese and Japanese, this is the first book in which Ma Yansong systematically interprets connotations of the Shanshui City concept. Alongside the publication release, MAD will also hold a forum and an 11-day exhibition at UCCA during Beijing Design Week 2014. Find out more.
The 8th National Exhibition of Book Design in China
Organised by world-renowned book designer Lu Jingren, the Eighth National Exhibition and Awards of Book Design in China will showcase recent achievements in book art/design. The event is usually held every four years, and is well known both locally and internationally. Details via BJDW 2014.
The China Design Museum will exhibit 300 objects from their Bauhaus-centered Western Modern and Contemporary History of Design collection at the National Museum of China during BJDW 2014. Presented by the Hangzhou Municipal Government, this display claims to be the largest yet of Asia’s most significant Bauhaus collection, offering “blueprints from small design to big design”. Details via the BJDW 2014 website.
Shanghai Tang sent us these images of their recent collaboration with illustrator Jacky Tsai. A celebration of their 20th anniversary, the resulting collections are centered on six artworks: Floral Play, Lotus Porcelain, Carved Dragon, Ginger Flower, Petrol Rainbow and Flying Tiger, each filled with colourful, vibrant energy. Taking a fashionable twist, the pieces have inspired a limited edition capsule collection ranging from luxurious qipao and box clutches, to delicate tableware and cashmere shawls.
Jean Nouvel Releases Official Design for National Art Museum of China
"Jean Nouvel has unveiled the official design for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Originally inspired by the simplicity of ‘a single brush stroke’, the 21st-century art and calligraphy museum will become the centerpiece of a new cultural district at Olympic Park, rising next to the historic axis of Beijing and symbolically connecting to the Forbidden City". Continue reading.
This year for BJDW 2014, Ubi Gallery presents DUST INCLUDED, a thought-provoking exhibition of contemporary jewellery, ceramics and lifestyle goods that explores themes around dust and pollution in Beijing and other megacities. Visitors will also find limited edition collector’s items and affordable gifts commissioned for the exhibit, as well as a portion of Ubi Gallery’s permanent collection.
bāc-tā-gon is a curatorial collective that fosters the development and production of research-driven projects across eight disciplinary practices, namely visual art, design, architecture, performing art, music, literature, moving image and cuisine. Questioning notions of “curating” in the contemporary age, bāc-tā-gon seeks to engage the public through innovative exhibition methods taking place in non-traditional cultural venues to stimulate cultural engagement in China. This year for BJDW 2014, they will work with LEAP to present The Bibliorium, a pop-up reading room dedicated to experiencing printed matter. Founding curator and Editor-in-Chief of 八家 BaJia, Zandie Brockett, reveals more.
Design Hub is an online resource platform representing the Shenzhen-Hong Kong collaborative design industry. Offering “various functions, members are able to promote themselves, obtain the newest information…[and] build relationships with clients and peers” on the website.
Redress named the ten international finalists who will unite for the EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 Grand Final at HKTDC Fashion Week in late January 2015. Mainland China’s semi-finalists were announced earlier this month after stringent evaluation by a local panel of judges. Challenged with creating minimal waste designs, applicants used a combination of one or more of the three sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, upcycling and reconstruction.
It’s not too long until 100% Design London opens its doors to the public. Taking place from 17-20 September, this year’s edition promises a packed programme tailored to the theme of ‘serendipity’. Be sure to check out Talks with 100% Design, including the 100% Design Pecha Kucha, and 100% Design Late Night. Find out more here.
We’ve fallen head over heels with Guangzhou-based Bentu Design, whose products make use of materials such as terrazzo, construction recycled waste, bamboo and cement to make up a series of visually-appealing forms. Find the brand at Stand L302 at 100% Design London 2014. More images under the cut.
Library for Kunming University of Science and Technology
"This library is regarded as the symbolic center of the university campus. The building form resembles stacked cubes on a plinth with bi-axial symmetry and a vertical central atrium. The central circular atrium serves as the spiritual center as well as the main vertical circulation of the library". See more.
"The continuous and smooth curves of Huamei Cafe creates a relaxing…space amid a busy and crowded setting. The site is located on the ground level of Huamei supermarket in Xinzhou, Shanxi province… [sitting] between a four-lane road on the west and checkout area of the market on the east, near the main entrance, surrounded by lighting, acoustic and visual distractions. The panels wrap around the interior facade, ceiling and part of a seating area, forming a cave-like space.
The panels are designed to be cut with a CNC mill. All the openings for joists, HVAC units, pipes and lighting fixtures are considered and included in the cutting file in advance. The panels are cut and polished in the factory [situated in a] Beijing suburb, and transported to the site for assembly”. Continue reading.
Import/Export: Postwar Design and Industry in East Asia
"Import/Export: Postwar Design and Industry in East Asia will bring together leading scholars and curators of industrial design history in an effort to place mass-produced objects at the centre of East Asia’s post-World War II industrial and economic narrative. In this context, the forum will attempt to identify, map and trace some of the key phenomena, products, manufacturers and design influences that moved throughout the region, while exploring the conceptual, methodological and other frameworks that might inform M+’s strategy for collecting such objects. Issues such as imitation, copying and appropriation; the transference, adaptation and invention of typologies and design vocabularies; the role of new technologies and production processes; and the absorption of these objects into their respective visual cultures will also be discussed". Talk details.
Beijing product and furniture designer Zhili Liu piqued our interest with his light designs (pictured). The young talent is better known for his materials and engineering experiments through which he explores the meaning of “Chinese design” and potential definitions beyond reinterpreting traditional decorative elements.
Happy (belated) Mid-Autumn Festival 2014! And to make up for our delay, here we present the Full Moon Lamp by Chinese product designers EY-Products. This table lamp features a hidden strip of LED lights and even doubles up as a vase. See more from EY-Products.
As the largest international pavilion featured at this year’s 100% Design, the China Pavilion has been created and organised by the Shenzhen Industrial Design Profession Association (SIDA). Innovative and high-quality design products from 50 of China’s major cities will be displayed together at the China Pavilion creating a visual feast for visitors to the fair.
Attendees will see many of the most contemporary and modern interior design elements at play as well as unique designs incorporating Chinese characteristics. A “China Design Day” will also be held during the fair. This will provide a platform for one-to-one communication between designers, retailers, distributors and developers from home and abroad, and allow for the exploration of new cooperation opportunities. Find out more.
"Work is underway in the western Chinese city of Dali at the site of the Yang Liping Performing Arts Center. Designed by Studio Pei-Zhu, the structure forms a close relationship with its natural environment, sitting between the Cangshan mountain range and Erhai, an alpine fault lake. Immersed within its environment, the building is shaped by the variations in landscape and climate that define the region”. Continue reading.
“O-Office Architects in Shenzhen have completed a [gallery] space…The building, EMG Shenzhen, needed a continuous spiral staircase in the centre…with the architects designing a lit ribbon of very thin stone connecting the three floors”. Via EightSix.
After successfully staging her first ever solo show earlier this year, which featured the new collection “The Dark Night of the Soul”, Vega Zaishi Wang has finally opened her new store at Galeries Lafayette Beijing. Details.
Graphic Design Exhibition Presented at Asia House by the Shenzhen Graphic Design Association
Graphic Design in China (GDC) is one of the most influential large-scale integrated design competitions. Run by Shenzhen Graphic Design Association (SGDA), it celebrates outstanding achievement in design and shows work by top designers alongside emerging talent…Under the theme ‘Design for China’s Future 2003-2013’, this pop-up exhibition will display the strength of Chinese design”. Taking place between 15-20 September 2014 at London’s Asia House. Find out more.
"300 award-winning art pieces from the ADC 92nd / 93rd Annual Awards of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design, as well as the ADC Young Guns 11 Exhibition, are on display at OCT Art & Design Gallery in Shenzhen, China. The works range from print advertisements to graphic design, illustrations, photography, book design and package design, as well as interactive, motion, film and theatrical displays". More information.
Watch out this Friday as NEEMIC will unveil their latest collection at a very special launch event. Design China contributor Chiara Maria Sassu sat down with NEEMIC co-founder and creative director Amihan Zemp beforehand to discuss the new line, sustainable fashion, and the future of the brand.
Shanghai creative agency NeochaEDGE are looking for exceptional people to join their team. A wide variety of opportunities are presently open, including roles in editorial, architectural/environmental/interior design and graphic design. Find out more.
"The first Hong Kong-Shenzhen Design Biennale will be held in Shenzhen from September to November, according to Shenzhen Industrial Design Profession Association. Professionals from more than 40 design associations, companies and academies in Shenzhen and Hong Kong will gather to showcase their designs, exchange ideas and seek cooperation…The biennale features eight exhibitions and eight public events, which will be held across the city, including [at] OCT Art and Design Gallery, OCT Bay and OCT-Loft in Nanshan District and Dalang Fashion Valley in Longhua New Area". Continue reading.
Shanghai native Liu Yang is a furniture and industrial designer. She formally completed her MFA in Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York after receiving a BFA from East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai in 2010. She currently works for Ferber Design.
Beijing-based Tang’ Roulou create the most adorable children’s outfits and accessories that scream colour, confidence and originality. Created in 2007 by Pierre-Yves Babin and Amélie Peraud, the brand is inspired by the details of yesterday’s everyday life, offering poetic, bucolic creations: dragons, phoenixes and goldfish joyfully play in a setting of dots, stripes and flowers enhanced with a little retro touch, “sometimes daring but always elegant”. Authenticity and quality characterise Tang’ Roulou, as well as beautiful handcrafted details found in all of their pieces. We sat down with the designers to uncover more.
INSIDE World Festival of Interiors (with Headline Partner Dulux), the leading global interior design awards programme, has announced the nominees that will go head-to-head to be crowned World Interior of the Year 2014 this October. Comprising the most original and exciting interiors from the last 12 months, this year’s awards consist of 60 ￼nominations from 21 countries across nine diverse categories. We are very happy to see on the shortlist from Greater China Neri&Hu, Joyce Wang, One Plus Partnership, Affect-t, Hallucinate Design, Mission & Associates Limited, and Taiwan DaE International Design Career. See the full shortlist.
Taking place at the seventh annual World Architecture Festival (WAF), the world’s biggest architectural awards programme - the WAF awards - have attracted entries from more than 50 countries this year. The organisers have seen a significant increase in entries from Asian countries, with two projects by Aedas representing China on the final shortlist. See the full list here.
Our friends over at Design Anthology (DA) have just been named Maison & Objet’s media partner for the 2015 Rising Asian Talent Awards. As part of the agreement, DA are scouting China design talent from the fields of home/living/decoration until 8 August 2014. If you think you have what it takes to be nominated, get in touch!