After an extended break, Design China is back! We are starting 2014 off with a lovely curatorial initiative by PINWU called Handmade in Hangzhou. Its core philosophy is rong, or “melting and fusion”, which is used by thirteen designers to deconstruct the traditional bamboo crafts of Hangzhou and apply them to contemporary design. Over the next five years, the group also plan to explore silk, porcelain, copper, and paper.
Latitude Design Studio are holding a Christmas sale in their Hong Kong studio throughout December. We briefly caught up with the duo to discuss their thoughts about 2013, and what they hope to achieve next year.
Head on over to Cha’er 19 in Dashilar to view Label Aleph’s beautiful, new saMPLE Collection. We actually bumped into Rotterdam and Jingdezhen-based Label Aleph co-founder Carola Zee in The Hague (of all places) last week; watch this space for a more in-depth interview with the talented porcelain designer. Meanwhile, please enjoy this short series of images of the BJDW 2013 showcase currently on view.
"[Taiwanese] designer Lin Wei-Teng has re-imagined the appearance of traditional stoneware in a project entitled Reborn…[which] bridges the relationship between clay and metal with minimal wire structures that house organic ceramic volumes". See more.
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Latitude Design Studio have been busy preparing for a range of new events this season. Not to miss is their showcase for Art Basel, Hong Kong at Chai Wan Mei. Details (of all shows) under the cut.
Artist-designer, Xiaodong, hails from Wuhan but currently lives and works in Jingdezhen. Working primarily with porcelain, he creates “a paradox…between the movement and growth in nature and the static qualities of the material”. See his works at ilivetomorrow; until 13 December. Details.
At first glance, NewChi’s porcelain pieces seem to defy gravity. From the pirouetting Ballet collection to the levitating Imperial Memories teapot, every piece designed by Heinrich Wang seems to be designed from an alternate universe.
And this was exactly his intent: to transform the age-old craft of porcelain-making, and revolutionise a process iterated millions of times throughout history.
Taiwanese designer, Pili Wu, is mainly recognised for his Plastic Classic stool series (stocked by Wuhao Curated Shop and ilivetomorrow in China). More recently, however, the young designer has been experimenting on and expanding his concept - combining ubiquitous furniture with more elegant materials and structures - for a new plastic-ceramics tableware range. See more.
Originally from Liaoning Province, Xiao Tianyu is a Beijing-based designer who graduated from CAFA in 2010. His graduation furniture series, Harmony, demonstrates his signature style: combining local Chinese culture with a more contemporary design aesthetic. Design China spoke with him recently to find out more.
"Surely bringing ‘china’ to China would be madness? Not so, say the curators at [both] the British Museum and V&A. The Passion for Porcelain exhibition, now open at the National Museum of China, draws on these two museums’ extensive collections. But while Chinese newspaper headlines in recent years have focused on the looting of the Old Summer Palace in 1860 and calls to repatriate ceramics that were spirited away to Europe, this new show wisely centers on a different story". Details.