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.
Founded by China National Garment Association in 2011, Chic Young Blood is an international platform intended “for young domestic and overseas fashion brands to gain new energy and a rooting in the Chinese market”. Head on over to 751 D-Park where this year’s edition of the event is currently underway; until 27 October 2013.
It’s been a busy few weeks, from Design China’s involvement with Creative Cities (due to take place in Taiwan later this year), Selects 2014 (organised by Somerset House in London), and V&A, as well as writing for our friends over at Jing Daily and AnyWearStyle. Wuhao Curated Shop has also, sadly, moved from their beautiful courtyard space at Mao’er 35 (although, we are sure they will resurface with another incredible space very soon); meanwhile, NEEMIC have launched an intriguing new collection, and Chic Young Blood opened its doors to Beijing today. Watch this space for details.
Amsterdam x BJDW 2013
Catch the last day of the Guest City - Amsterdam programme @ Beijing Design Week 2013. Details here.
Common Objects: Soviet and Chinese Design 1950-1980s
Head on over to Cha’er 19 in Dashilar to view Label Aleph’s beautiful, new saMPLE Collection. We actually bumped into Rotterdam and Jingdezhen-based Label Aleph co-founder Carola Zee in The Hague (of all places) last week; watch this space for a more in-depth interview with the talented porcelain designer. Meanwhile, please enjoy this short series of images of the BJDW 2013 showcase currently on view.
As part of Design Hop: Dashilar, creators of online journal Concrete Flux will bring to BJDW 2013 Audio Archaeology, a participatory event that aims to focus people’s attention on the sounds of a visually-chaotic Beijing:
"We want people to be more aware of the urban environments around them, to realise that, in spite of all the stress and frustrations of mega-city life, cities are some of the most fascinating creations of humankind. Cities often thrust upon us complex and overwhelming sensory experiences, which deaden our observational abilities and desires. Our project seeks to reawaken these observations of urban environments in the ancient and rapidly changing city of Beijing, and in so doing raise an awareness of the complex reality of the city in all its grime and glory".
"We know that Beijing’s architecture and design scene is becoming ever more dynamic. Now is the perfect time for design-minded professionals to meet and share their ideas in a chic setting away from the office. That’s where we come in. To coincide with the opening of this year’s Beijing Design Week, we’ll be hosting our first Architect@Work Drinks with Hotel Éclat Beijing on 26 September 2013”.