Last year, Henny van Nistelrooy’s Craft & Industry, unveiled during Beijing Design Week (BJDW) 2012, caught our eye before the festival had even started. We return to the designer’s studio this year to find out what the Dutch-born creative is presenting for BJDW 2013.
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.
"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.