With less than a month to go, Beijing Design Week 2013 is fast approaching. In preparation, Design China will be disrupting normal schedule to post previews and interviews with organisers, participants and curators, especially those affiliated with this year’s Guest City programme. More soon.
Shanghai Gears Up For Fashion’s Night Out
"It was created in 2009 by a legion of fashion glitterati to boost the industry during the recession in New York. Now, the late-night cocktails and shopping extravaganza that is Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) has made a proper home in over 20 cities and, unsurprisingly, has come to include Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong in its roster.
Next week, the event is returning to the three cities - on 5 September 2013 in Hong Kong, 6 September 2013 in Shanghai, and 7 September 2013 in Beijing. Hangzhou will also be taking part in the spending frenzy, a sign of the rising role and attention second-tier cities are gaining in China”. Continue reading.
"50K Studio are a multi-disciplinary collective based in Beijing, who currently split their time between product design and illustration. Their latest project is the Minimal Bookshelf, a series of simple linear blocks with grooves…enabling the books themselves to act as bookends and support more shelves above". See more.
Erik Bernhardsson of F de C has just spent two and half years working, travelling and meeting people in China. His latest project, called Modes China, is a collection of essays and interviews that “offer a unique look into the realities of clothes-making in China today”. The volume includes interviews with Zhang Da, Dooling Jiang, artist Alessandro Rolandi, photographer Ren Hang and students of CAFA. Modes China also features a report on Shenzhen-based label ffiXXed and its original mode of production, and a visual essay on China’s rising clothing industry. More.
Modes China can also be purchased in eBook form via Amazon.
Beijing Creatives 5
Beijing Creatives 5 is finally on the horizon. Taking place on 21 August 2013 at Bed Bar (which is sadly officially closing at the end of this month), this special edition of the event will feature photojournalist How Hwee Young, film maker and director Kathy Huang, architect Fred Chen, and the owner of Bed Bar himself Cho. More details via LinkedIn or Facebook.
Job Opportunity: G2S Creative Workshop
G2S Creative Workshop in Beijing is always looking for talented individuals to join their ever-growing team. The studio are currently on the lookout for motion graphic designers, graphic designers, web designers, 3D artists, a video editor, a camera operator and a producer. To apply, send CVs with a URL or PDF of work samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally from Taiwan, Tenze is a Beijing-based graphic designer whose portfolio of work includes branding for the relatively new UCCA store, Inside-Out Art Museum, Good Studio, and Chin Te Chun Tea Dealer.
Chen Zhengda was born in Jiangsu Province, China. He graduated from China Academy of Art and became an instructor there before founding his own studio in 2002. Chen Zhengda is one of the founders and curator of China International Poster Biennial which, since 2003, has been held 4 times “with great success, and has acted as a crucial bridge between Chinese graphic design and the world”. In 2007, he founded Hanzhou-based Superdesign Consultant and then established Shi Fang Culture Communication in Düsseldorf in 2010.
Chen Zhengda has received many prestigious design awards, and has exhibited worldwide including at China Design Now (V&A London), Taiwan X-CARE International Design Exhibition, Beijing Olympics National Art & Design Exhibition, and POST_: Contemporary International Poster Retrospective (Icograda World Design Congress Beijing).
"This month, Capital M takes a look at Beijing’s architectural heritage through the story of Shijia Hutong and one of its courtyard houses, with artist and preservationist Zheng Xicheng and Beijing historian Wang Lanshun. The talk will cover an overview of the history of the hutong, beginning in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 AD), and Mr. Zheng’s artistic recreation of a once-glorious courtyard house within the hutong, as well as the rich family story of its original owner". Talk details.