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.
V&A x UABB 2013
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.
D&AD Awards 2014: Call for Entries
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.
Job Opportunity: Art Basel in Hong Kong
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Droog Hong Kong
Soft opening of Droog Hong Kong in November 2013; official opening on 10 December 2013. Keep an eye on the Droog HK website for details.