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Design as Enlightenment

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The China Design Museum will exhibit 300 objects from their Bauhaus-centered Western Modern and Contemporary History of Design collection at the National Museum of China during BJDW 2014. Presented by the Hangzhou Municipal Government, this display claims to be the largest yet of Asia’s most significant Bauhaus collection, offering “blueprints from small design to big design”. Details via the BJDW 2014 website.

Shanghai Tang x Jacky Tsai

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Shanghai Tang sent us these images of their recent collaboration with illustrator Jacky Tsai. A celebration of their 20th anniversary, the resulting collections are centered on six artworks: Floral Play, Lotus Porcelain, Carved Dragon, Ginger Flower, Petrol Rainbow and Flying Tiger, each filled with colourful, vibrant energy. Taking a fashionable twist, the pieces have inspired a limited edition capsule collection ranging from luxurious qipao and box clutches, to delicate tableware and cashmere shawls.

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Jean Nouvel Releases Official Design for National Art Museum of China

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"Jean Nouvel has unveiled the official design for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Originally inspired by the simplicity of ‘a single brush stroke’, the 21st-century art and calligraphy museum will become the centerpiece of a new cultural district at Olympic Park, rising next to the historic axis of Beijing and symbolically connecting to the Forbidden City". Continue reading.

Ubi Gallery @ BJDW 2014

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This year for BJDW 2014, Ubi Gallery presents DUST INCLUDED, a thought-provoking exhibition of contemporary jewellery, ceramics and lifestyle goods that explores themes around dust and pollution in Beijing and other megacities. Visitors will also find limited edition collector’s items and affordable gifts commissioned for the exhibit, as well as a portion of Ubi Gallery’s permanent collection.

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bāc-tā-gon @ BJDW 2014

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bāc-tā-gon is a curatorial collective that fosters the development and production of research-driven projects across eight disciplinary practices, namely visual art, design, architecture, performing art, music, literature, moving image and cuisine. Questioning notions of “curating” in the contemporary age, bāc-tā-gon seeks to engage the public through innovative exhibition methods taking place in non-traditional cultural venues to stimulate cultural engagement in China. This year for BJDW 2014, they will work with LEAP to present The Bibliorium, a pop-up reading room dedicated to experiencing printed matter. Founding curator and Editor-in-Chief of 八家 BaJia, Zandie Brockett, reveals more.

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Design Hub

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Design Hub is an online resource platform representing the Shenzhen-Hong Kong collaborative design industry. Offering “various functions, members are able to promote themselves, obtain the newest information…[and] build relationships with clients and peers” on the website.

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More on EcoChic Design Award 2014/2015

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Redress named the ten international finalists who will unite for the EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 Grand Final at HKTDC Fashion Week in late January 2015. Mainland China’s semi-finalists were announced earlier this month after stringent evaluation by a local panel of judges. Challenged with creating minimal waste designs, applicants used a combination of one or more of the three sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, upcycling and reconstruction.

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More on 100% Design London

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It’s not too long until 100% Design London opens its doors to the public. Taking place from 17-20 September, this year’s edition promises a packed programme tailored to the theme of ‘serendipity’. Be sure to check out Talks with 100% Design, including the 100% Design Pecha Kucha, and 100% Design Late Night. Find out more here.