"This year marks the 50-year anniversary since Italian furniture giant and arbiter of chic Kartell began manufacturing home furnishings. Known for its ultra contemporary plastic chairs, the Milan-based company is investing in a brand new five-year China plan that involves an overhaul of existing partnerships with seven Mainland resellers, scrapping all but one location in Beijing’s hip Sanlitun district". Continue reading.
BJDW x Milan 2013
Beijing Design Week is back in Milan this year, this time with two main features. Details.
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.
Zhang Ke x Milan 2012
"Unveiled at Milan Design Week 2012, Chinese architect Zhang Ke of Beijing-based practice standardarchitecture has designed Hidden Dragon, a sofa for Italian manufacturing company, Moroso. Sinuous curves evoke the imagery of the western mountain landscape forming the seat-backs and separate niches for diverse seating experiences. Individuals may sit or recline and easily converse with their neighbours, generating a setting for relationships and public intimacy. Derived from ancient Chinese tales of the water dragon, the form of the piece represents a physical interpretation of the dragons’ usually invisible movement”. Via designboom.
More on BJDW x Milan 2012
"An exhibition of contemporary Chinese design kicked off…on the opening day of Salone del Mobile (or Milan Furniture Fair), highlighting a new idea of creativity growing in China". Slow Seating - Contemporary Chinese Design showcases 80 chairs selected by renowned Wenzhou-based designer, Zhu Xiaojie, and was brought to Milan by Beijing Design Week. Via Xinhua.
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BJDW x Milan 2012
Beijing Design Week 2012 is going to Milan! “The projects that Beijing will bring to Milan…show the diverse and up-and-coming scene of Chinese design to the world through different perspectives; from the creative approach of a contemporary design exhibition, to a more business-oriented platform in the form of a B2B Forum”. Read more.