Design China

News about design in Greater China


Li-Chu Wu

Originally from Taiwan, UK-based Li-Chu Wu trained in Metalsmithing and Jewellery Design at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan before completing a Masters in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products at Birmingham City University, UK. Her current jewellery work makes use of layers of paper, which are used to evoke subtle movement and tactile qualities - natural forms and processes, says the designer, inspire each of her collections. She has exhibited worldwide, including in Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland, USA, Taiwan, China and the United Kingdom.

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BJDW x Venezia 2014


Beijing Design Week, in collaboration with DONTSTOP architettura, presents Across Chinese Cities – Beijing, an investigation into the Chinese capital’s spatial transformations and its historical district Dashilar, as a Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

Inside Tesa 100 at the Arsenale Novissimo, Across Chinese Cities – Beijing expounds upon the complex architectural and social transformation of the city, looking at contemporary challenges between globalisation and localism, and the processes of continuous adaptation and resilience found therein, which remain paradigmatic for many contemporary cities like Beijing. Continue reading.

Original words provided by BJDW 2014.

Gallery ALL, Los Angeles


"Gallery ALL recently opened in downtown LA’s iconic Bradbury Building to showcase Chinese design and create an artistic dialogue that spans from East to West and around the world.

Founders Yu Wang (an architect) and Qinqyun Ma (the Dean at USC School of Architecture) named their new project Gallery ALL to emphasise their goal of creating a crossroads for emerging designers, cutting-edge experimental design, and a center for educational ideas. Walking around the light-filled space with the founders and designers, Zhoujie Zhang and Naihan Li (who are featured in the first show) proved just how significant and exciting Gallery ALL promises to be”. Continue reading.

See also coverage of the same story by Wallpaper* magazine.

More on Zhang Da


"Designer Zhang Da and his label Boundless have long been synonymous with an intellectual yet relaxed approach to fashion. His recent Shanghai Fashion Week show for the brand’s A/W collection offered exactly that.

Da’s propositions for next season felt familiar, if not necessarily safe. He’s a designer on the constant quest for a distinctive equilibrium between the austere and the luxurious. His aesthetic is cerebral and often literary, a meditative pursuit rather than a process of embellishment – a kind of haute normcore, if you’d like”. Continue reading.

Anecdotes From The Peak


Marc & Chantal Design recently “conceptualised, curated and designed a museum grade display, Anecdotes from The Peak – A walk through the rich heritage and natural beauty of the Peak, as a public exhibition for Wheelock Properties. The enlightening and entertaining look at Hong Kong’s past is part of a broad brand exercise for a residential project on the Peak”. Find out more.

The Pinch


"Children can clamber onto the curved roof of this community library in China, which architects John Lin and Olivier Ottevaere designed for an earthquake-damaged village in Yunnan Province”. Leading a team from the University of Hong Kong, the architects built the library and community centre, named The Pinch, as part of a government reconstruction programme. Continue reading.

Water House


"The city of Lijiang, China is known historically as a trading settlement marked by bridges and canals activated by the presence and utility of water. Local practice Li Xiaodong Atelier created the Water House at the base of the adjacent Yulong Mountain, designed to honour the ancient character of the city: water. The home consists of several internal/external courtyards and pools that, while preserving a sense of privacy, also offer the experience of the surrounding landscape and view of the city”. Via designboom.

Solo Fish


These illustrations by Solo Fish from Shanghai radiate a charming batik-style aesthetic. We are especially intrigued by the images that directly reference contemporary life. Via NeochaEDGE.