After an extended break, Design China is back! We are starting 2014 off with a lovely curatorial initiative by PINWU called Handmade in Hangzhou. Its core philosophy is rong, or “melting and fusion”, which is used by thirteen designers to deconstruct the traditional bamboo crafts of Hangzhou and apply them to contemporary design. Over the next five years, the group also plan to explore silk, porcelain, copper, and paper.
“Xiaoteng Zou is a young Chinese designer from Beijing who crafts cities, landscapes and scenes from paper”. Via EightSix.
Shang Xia Beijing Bamboo Craftsmanship Exhibition
“Shang Xia, a sister brand of France’s illustrious Hermès, prides itself on promoting traditional Chinese craftsmanship and making such techniques relevant to contemporary design. There is no better evidence of this than in Shang Xia’s exhibition of bamboo weaving in the atrium of the shopping mall at Beijing’s World Trade Centre…until 9 June 2013”. Continue reading.
Hua Tunan is a Foshan-based painter, illustrator and graffiti artist. Pictured above is a sample of the artist’s latest works inspired by the traditional Chinese craft of paper cutting. Via NeochaEDGE.
Ai Weiwei (Part 2)
Part 2 of a three-part interview series with renowned China creative, Ai Weiwei.
Shang Xia Opens Boutique in Beijing with an Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Craftsmanship
"Shang Xia, founded in 2008 to showcase contemporary Chinese craftsmanship, opened its second boutique in Beijing, China World Mall on 8 October 2012. The boutique’s inaugural collection will focus on homeware and will include furniture, objects, accessories, garments and an extended tea experience". Read more.
Founded in Shanghai in 2006, multi-disciplinary design studio Neri&Hu represent a new, modern Chinese aesthetic. The designers behind the brand intend to “spark the potential of Chinese design and evoke change”. Additionally, they seek both top-quality materials and craftsmanship for the production of their works: “All products are hand-made…a reflection of a place whose masters of trade can still be found waiting for patrons in the lanes of Shanghai”. See more.
Gu Qi is a furniture designer based in Beijing. He majored in industrial design and graduated from Huaqiao University, Fujian in 2005. Originally from northeast China, Gu Qi travelled extensively in China’s coastal cities such as Changzhou, Xiamen and Shanghai before arriving in Beijing. Design China sat down with him this week to discuss his journey to date.
Shanghai-based furniture designer, Zerui Lee, recently released his Seal Script series; inspired by traditional Chinese characters used on Chinese wax seals. Via EightSix.
National Art Museum of China
The National Art of Museum of China (or NAMOC) has been a long-standing favourite of Design China. Currently on show is the 2012 Chinese Oil Painting Biennale - In Time (sporting a refreshingly contemporary brand identity), calligraphy exhibitions and an exhibition of “fine folk toys” that looks especially intriguing.