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.
Established in 2006, and featuring designers such Zhang Chao, Zhang Bin and Zhang Huimin, Creatife is a small collective that researches, develops and produces high-quality design products conceptualised by fresh talent. The team often collaborate with young, Chinese creatives to help them nurture their own brand; they have also partnered with National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Today Art Museum, +86 Design Store and UCCA (amongst others) to develop over 45 retail outlets across Beijing, and feature an extensive range of products on Taobao themselves.
Interesting talks taking place at UCCA this month include a continuation of “The Stories Behind Design” series with industrial designer, Sun Wentao, as well as a discussion with architect, Zong Shu-Kun, who will analyse collaborative architecture and how looking back at the past can help us to look ahead for the future. Details.
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (otherwise known as UCCA) in 798, Beijing is hosting a couple of interesting talks this month. The first, taking place this weekend, is part of the Thinkers’ Salon Series: architects Wang Xiaobing, Yu Ning and Liu Jianfeng have been invited to discuss the linking of cities via high-speed rail and potential associated dangers. The second event, taking place on 30 October, will see architects Zong Shu-kun, He Hongyu and Joe Carter discuss architecture in China. Both talks will be conducted in Chinese. More info here and here.