"Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an ‘electronic vacuum cleaner’ that can remove smog from urban skies and is working with the mayor of Beijing to use the technology in a new park in the city". Interview and movie via Dezeen.
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Every once in a while, EightSix comes across a designer with a refreshing way of thinking about design whilst keeping their roots firmly within China. A great example is Qiyun Deng from Foshan, who currently resides in France. We caught up with Qiyun to talk about her work and “Chinese design”.
"50K Studio are a multi-disciplinary collective based in Beijing, who currently split their time between product design and illustration. Their latest project is the Minimal Bookshelf, a series of simple linear blocks with grooves…enabling the books themselves to act as bookends and support more shelves above". See more.
Something Industrial Design Studio
Something Industrial Design Studio is a young but established company situated in Wenzhou, China. Comprising of a small team of just six, clients have included China giants such as Lenovo, as well as international names like Intel and Philips. The studio have also received a number of awards, including those from Red Dot, iF, Nagoya Design Do! and Taiwan Lite.
Calling all product designers! “We are looking for the best talent to join our team. If you love traditional Chinese culture and history, have excellent communication skills, and are a serious and responsible team player, then you are the one that we are looking for”. Details.
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.