Juanjuan Hu is a jewellery designer with a background in product design. After completing an MA in Industrial Design at Hubei University of Technology in China, the young creative moved on to London in order to study jewellery design at Central Saint Martins. Already a recipient of a number of awards, Juanjuan Hu currently resides in Shanghai as an affiliate of the Industrial Design department, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.
“Patrick Li is a Chinese-born London-based designer. Having completed a Fashion Design and Business Studies BA at the University of Brighton, Li went on to further develop his design acumen with an MA Fashion Womenswear at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2011. He gained work experience with Hussien Chalayan and Victor&Rolf”.
Kengo Kuma Designs New Museum at China Academy of Art in Xiangshan
“To further the promotion of art education, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and China Academy of Art in Xiangshan have announced plans to construct a new university within the hilly suburbs of Hangzhou by the spring of 2014. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the museum…will harmonise with the lush topography and resist modifying any existing slopes to accommodate the 4,936 square meter facility”. Continue reading.
I found industrial design by accident when I was fifteen years old: my uncle loved books and he always bought books and foreign magazines. One time he bought a magazine called Design World. I was attracted to all the pictures and articles in the magazine. One of the articles was about a design firm in Australia. Designers worked in a bright and spacious modern glass house drawing things I had never seen before. I pictured myself sitting in that room and sketching. My dream started from that moment on.
10 Years – Re: Jewelry, Central Academy of Fine Arts and Contemporary Jewelry
CAFA celebrates 10 years since the establishment of their jewellery department with an exhibition of “outstanding works by past graduates”. Up until 9 December. Details.
Contemporary Glass Art Center, CAFA
CAFA’s Design School unveiled their Contemporary Glass Art Center earlier this month, which “advocates for the diversified practice of contemporary glass art…promoting an in-depth study of materials and workmanship while [prompting] thoughts on the relationship between materials and concepts”. Read more.
Professor Yu Bingnan
Considered as one of the first people to bring communication design to China, Professor Yu Bingnan opened his 50-year retrospective (exhibition) at Tsinghua University, Beijing last week. Educated both locally and in Germany, Professor Yu has had a distinguished career as a designer and a design educator; since 1962, he has lectured at the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University and, from 1985 to 1990, he was director of the Book Art Department. In anticipation of an upcoming interview with Professor Yu, please enjoy these quick snaps of the exhibition opening.
Born in Xinjiang, but originally from Jiangsu Province, Jia Li is an interior and product designer based in Beijing. He completed an undergraduate degree in Environmental Art at Jiangsu University, and went on to study in the UK at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design. Here we discuss with him how he started out as a designer, the relationship between architecture, interiors and social responsibility, as well as current projects.
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.
Guangzhou-based SendPoints Books publish and distribute design books that cover graphics, advertising, products, fashion, interiors, architecture, and landscape design. With branches in Beijing and Shanghai, and partners in over 8 countries worldwide, SendPoints “works diligently for the improvement of China’s design scene”.