"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.
Chinese Doctor Builds Illegal Mountaintop Villa on Beijing Hi-Rise
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.
"Beijing-based illustrator Guo Hui draws from classical Chinese aesthetic[s]…to create these illustrations". See more.
"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.