"The latest design introduced under the Swatch & Art banner is New Gent Majestic Bird, a stunning watch limited and numbered to an edition of 1,888 pieces, with special packaging created by Ji Weiyu and Song Tao of the contemporary art duo, Birdhead. The design arises from Birdhead’s ongoing preoccupation with the medium of photography and the various ways that photographic processes can explore and document the passing of time". Via NeochaEDGE.
This Sunday (29 July), furniture designer Song Tao presents The Way That Design Adapts to Life - Contemporary Chinese Design Works Penetrate the Auction Market under UCCA’s China New Design Series. Here he will discuss whether Chinese designers should start reflecting on the discipline’s potential, and explore how contemporary design can become a part of everyday life. Details.
Beijing Poly International Auction: Decorative Art and Design
Over the next few days, Beijing Poly International Auction is presenting Decorative Art and Design at Agricultural Exhibition Center, Beijing - most probably, the first design auction in China. Works incorporating artistic value with functionality have mainly been selected; designs from 17 leading Chinese creatives such as Song Tao, Shao Fan, Zhang Yonghe, Guang Yu and Xie Dong join landmark figures like Le Corbusier, Salvador Dali, Masayuki Kurokawa and Zaha Hadid. This event is a collaborative effort involving O Gallery, a design studio/gallery founded by Song Tao. Event details.
Slaying the Dragon
"If there is one thing that can be gleaned from the graduate shows and design fairs held each year around Europe, it is how difficult it is for a designer to break free from the influence of the 20th century. But at the inaugural Beijing Design Festival last October there was a striking difference. While many of the Chinese designers on show did indeed look to the past for inspiration, their reference points were not the likes of Eames and Sottsass, figures who dominate Western design’s recent history. Instead they looked far closer to home, reworking distinctly Chinese ideas and motifs that date from as far back as the 10th century and earlier. Philosophical schools of thought, dynastic traditions and concepts such as ‘the propriety of sitting’ were all reinterpreted in modern furniture designs". Continue reading.
Wu Zhuoyang is a product designer based in Beijing. Originally from Dalian, he graduated from CAFA in 2008 and continues to teach there. We bumped into him at Xiao Tianyu’s store and ended up discussing design education, craftsmanship and sustainability over a few cups of tea.
"Designer, curator and entrepreneur Song Tao – a true mover and shaper [in design] – champions a fresh but distinctly Chinese aesthetic. Known for his product and interior design, Song Tao is perhaps even more famous for the work he has done on promoting his peers". Via Stylites.