China Design Challenge (CDC) is a new Beijing Design Week feature, which seeks to encourage a global market for Chinese design while promoting values of innovation and R&D investment. This is achieved by launching design challenges open to emerging talent across China in collaboration with established worldwide brands and the strategic cooperation of sina.com. Finalists’ designs from the first challenge, developed with Kikkerland, are currently on show (sneak a peek at some of their work under the cut), and winning products are to hit the global market next May.
We’ve fallen head over heels with Guangzhou-based Bentu Design, whose products make use of materials such as terrazzo, construction recycled waste, bamboo and cement to make up a series of visually-appealing forms. Find the brand at Stand L302 at 100% Design London 2014. More images under the cut.
Import/Export: Postwar Design and Industry in East Asia
"Import/Export: Postwar Design and Industry in East Asia will bring together leading scholars and curators of industrial design history in an effort to place mass-produced objects at the centre of East Asia’s post-World War II industrial and economic narrative. In this context, the forum will attempt to identify, map and trace some of the key phenomena, products, manufacturers and design influences that moved throughout the region, while exploring the conceptual, methodological and other frameworks that might inform M+’s strategy for collecting such objects. Issues such as imitation, copying and appropriation; the transference, adaptation and invention of typologies and design vocabularies; the role of new technologies and production processes; and the absorption of these objects into their respective visual cultures will also be discussed". Talk details.
Shanghai native Liu Yang is a furniture and industrial designer. She formally completed her MFA in Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York after receiving a BFA from East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai in 2010. She currently works for Ferber Design.
"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”.