"The folded concrete walls of this lakeside visitor centre in China’s Anhui Province were designed by architects Archiplein to mimic the uneven surfaces of the surrounding mountains…Architects Feng Yang, Leroux Marlène and Jacquier Francis wanted to design a building that merges with the landscape, like in traditional Chinese landscape paintings". Via Dezeen.
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Embellishes Afternoon Tea with Damiani Partnership
"The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is enlisting Italian jewellery and timepiece brand Damiani to glamorise its afternoon tea events and show off its Belle Epoque collection to guests in September.
Already a key dimension of the hotel’s allure, the afternoon teas will gain an additional flourish by featuring Damiani jewellery alongside jewellery-inspired delicacies. The event follows similar initiatives by the property that will attract guests who value and expect exquisite details to stud their travels”. Continue reading.
Available from 1-30 September 2013 only.
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.
We’re big tea fans here at Design China, so imagine our delight when we came across these visuals from Beijing-based Lin Guangxi. The young creative also shares our passion for tea and Chinese tea culture; in this series, he explains the 18-step process of preparing and consuming “gongfu tea” (ten of which are shown).
JIA Inc. is a Hong Kong-based product design brand and collective. Established in 2007, the company offers designs from both established creatives, including Yung Ho Chang, as well as emerging talents. This Purple Clay Coffee Set by Gearlab is one of our faves.
Beijing Design Week is back in Milan this year, this time with two main features. Details.
Jimmy Choo Afternoon Tea, Hong Kong
"From 2 April to 5 May 2013, MO Bar at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong will be serving an exclusive Jimmy Choo afternoon tea, inspired by the gypsy glamour of its latest spring/summer collection". Continue reading.
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.
A world-class designer whose commercial portfolio spans commissions for Beijing Subway, Samsung, Nokia and Panasonic, and recipient of numerous Red Dot Design Awards, David Jia is an extremely unique yet humble individual. Originally from Ningxia, he studied painting from a very young age before moving on to study design under one of the very first creatives to bring industrial design to China. Here we discuss with David his personal understanding of design, his company LKK, and why he established the SANSA (Shangshang) brand.
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.