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Columbia University have a series of interesting talks and exhibitions taking place throughout China these coming months. Studio-X Beijing, for instance, will offer up a new exhibition called “On the Immediacy of Objecthood and Situatedness of Architecture”, whilst the People Building Better Cities exhibition will open in Shanghai this Sunday with a talk moderated by Dr. Dai Chun, Managing Editor of Time + Architecture and Director of T+A Books Publishing Studio. See also Columbia Global Centers, East Asia for related events.
Ejing (Yijing) Zhang is an emerging Chinese designer currently based in London. Educated at London College of Fashion, Chelsea College of Art and Design, and Royal College of Art, the young talent also boasts experience with Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen and Liberty, London. We spoke with Ejing to discuss her journey to date.
"To prepare ourselves for the dark winter months ahead, Ubi Gallery have created a new exhibition [called Glow] with work from three bright, young artists: Xinzi Song from Beijing, Heng Lee from Taiwan, and Choonson Moon from Korea. All three dare to work with strong colours, outspoken shapes and fresh materials: big gestures to express ourselves and to celebrate life”. Exclusive preview images under the cut.
Details of the Glow exhibition can be found on the Ubi Gallery website.
Last month, Beijing-based fashion label NEEMIC launched their Cocoon collection alongside beautiful handcrafted fabrics from Summerwood (夏木). Here, we select some images from the launch event and new collection.
Sneak peek at Su Guangyu’s latest collection.
"Based on the essence of traditional calligraphy, the Yuanyuan Chair by Chinese design firm minaxdo features a smooth and elegant shape that resembles the flow of [a] cursive writing style. Ancient Chinese scholars focused particularly on ‘fenggu’, meaning ‘strength of character’…’yuan’, which translates to ‘fluent’ and ‘endless’ is an ergonomically designed armrest made from teak and rosewood. The handcrafted piece uses a mortise and tenon joint, and each of the nodes represent the ‘pause’ of the calligraphy movements". Via designboom.
"Beijing-based illustrator Guo Hui draws from classical Chinese aesthetic[s]…to create these illustrations". See more.
"Guangzhou-based designers Lin Kongzai and Liang Xiaodi are recent graduates from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, as well as the co-founders of OIUI Design". Check out some of their typography works via NeochaEDGE.
He Jianping is an award-winning graphic designer, professor and publisher. He studied graphic design at China Academy of Art (1991-1994) and Meisterschule of Fine Arts, Berlin University of Arts (1997-2001), before achieving a PhD in cultural history at Frei University, Berlin in 2011. He has taught at Berlin University of the Arts, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, in addition to acting as a PhD supervisor for the latter. In 2002, He Jianping established his own design studio and publishing house called hesign, which is based in Berlin and Hangzhou. Design China recently spoke with the designer to discuss his journey to date.