Born and raised in the US, David Hu (Hu Yuwen) has lived and worked in Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan and New York City. With degrees in both mechanical engineering and industrial design, David brings together strategic design, technical expertise and highly conceptual work to every project he undertakes, including those for multinational corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Unilever and Diageo. EightSix recently caught up with the industrial designer to talk about his life, his influences and “Chinese design”.
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.
China Industrial Design Association (CIDA), based in Beijing, was registered at the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 1979 and is authorised by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. It is a national, academic and non-profit organisation formed by Chinese industrial design enterprises, groups and professionals that hope to improve the local market and enhance economic development and social progress. CIDA’s annual China Top 10 Industrial Design Award, which aims to recognise outstanding contributions in the field of industrial design, is now accepting applications. Deadline for registration is 15 June 2013. Details.
“A’postrophe Design, founded by Shanghai native Ivan Zhang, [is wholly concerned with redesigning] traditional furniture forms to increase usability. Having studied at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Ivan Zhang is currently studying for his masters in industrial design in Germany.
His bookshelf project addresses the need of having to tilt the last book in a row to keep the books in place by designing a shelf which does this for you”. Via EightSix.
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.
Zhang Zhoujie’s fantastical furniture brings to mind digitization and galactic travels. It’s near impossible to imagine that these futuristic designs came from a boy trained in classical arts in a rural village of Ningbo, China.
“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.
A world-class designer whose commercial portfolio spans commissions for Beijing Subway, Samsung, Nokia and Panasonic, and recipient of numerous Red Dot Design Awards, David Jia is an extremely unique yet humble individual. Originally from Ningxia, he studied painting from a very young age before moving on to study design under one of the very first creatives to bring industrial design to China. Here we discuss with David his personal understanding of design, his company LKK, and why he established the SANSA (Shangshang) brand.