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Shanghai Tang x Jacky Tsai


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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Handmade In Hangzhou


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.

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


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.

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.

Read an interview with the founders via NMiC.

Gu Qi

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.

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Zerui Lee

Shanghai-based furniture designer, Zerui Lee, recently released his Seal Script series; inspired by traditional Chinese characters used on Chinese wax seals. Via EightSix.