Mei Li Zhou Church, completed by Tokyo-based Tsushima Design Studio, is located in Hangzhou, China. Sitting in a wooded area, “not only was the user experience and functionality [of the building] of great importance…but also working with environmentally low impact materials and minimising damage to the natural surroundings”. The studio are currently working on other commercial and urban redevelopment projects in China, including Changsha Marketing Center and local riverside. Via Contemporist.
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.
“Unique Chinese typography from Hangzhou-based designer, Wu Dachen. A new, subtle twist on Chinese characters”. Via NeochaEDGE.
Professor Song Jianming
Professor Song Jianming is Vice Dean of China Academy of Art (CAA) in Hangzhou. Heavily involved in chromatology and colour trends, he established Colour Research Studio in 1993, and is also Vice President of China Colour Trend Society and China Architecture Culture Research Society. He has completed city colour planning for many cities and regions across China, and is currently working in this area for a railway station in Nanjing. Design China sat down with Professor Song Jianming on his most recent trip to Beijing to unearth more.
“Huabiao Shan from Hangzhou is a Chinese furniture designer who works closely with natural materials and crafts them delicately into contemporary pieces. He was also a runner-up of the 2010 A’ Design Award”. Via EightSix.
Art, Design, Culture: The History of Penguin By Design
“Art, Design, Culture: The History of Penguin By Design, a landmark exhibition first displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, is coming to Asia for the first time, visiting Beijing, Hangzhou and Seoul.
Featuring hundreds of original and rare book jackets and artwork, the exhibition is a celebration of British history, design, literature and culture. This exhibition charts not only the changes in tastes of readers, but chronicles a history of international design: work by the world’s top graphic, fashion and design talents will be featured, accompanied by author events, designer talks, children’s sessions and much more”. Exhibition details.
ShanSan is a design practice based in Hangzhou. A close partner of China Academy of Art (CAA), the design team is largely formed of CAA graduates. Specialising in brand building and evaluation, the company has served numerous brands, organisations, and government departments. The refreshing visual system they created for several primary schools caught our eye: what could be more appropriate for the lively atmosphere in primary schools than these bright colours and playful shapes? See more.
8th China International Cartoon & Animation Festival
“As the biggest event dedicated to animation and cartoon in China, Hangzhou-based China International Cartoon & Animation Festival (CICAF) brings together leading artists, industry insiders, university professors, and fans every year. The aim of the event is to promote animation and cartoon development in China and to cultivate more talents through the exchange of ideas.
Among the participants, this year’s big names include Japan’s SHUEISHA, China’s CCTV, Shanghai Animation Film Studio, and Rovio Entertainment, the team behind the smash hit game Angry Birds. However, CICAF is not just about big names. You may be impressed by some promising young animators as well”. Continue reading.
SaloneSatellite Design Report Award 2012
Congratulations to PINWU (INNOVO) for winning the 2012 SaloneSatellite Design Report Award. They are the first Chinese designer team to achieve this award. Learn more.
More on INNOVO
New works from INNOVO (who are now operating under the name, PINWU).