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  1. Drawing upon influences from furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Taiwanese designer, Jeff Dayu Shi, has created a pair of lovingly designed and beautifully well detailed bamboo chair and table. The ‘gang rou’ armchair and ‘zhuo ba xian’ table are modern takes on traditional Chinese furniture, employing intricate and precise construction techniques that pay respect and make intelligent use of the beauty and properties of the bamboo from which they are constructed. More details and photos at DesignBoom. View the full article
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    Linfan Design Workshop

    Lin Fan, born in Guangzhou, who previously worked as the design director at Speck Design Shanghai, is currently the creative director of his own ‘LinFan Design Workshop‘ studio. His award winning works vary from conceptual design, product design to graphic design. He is an excellent designer with great sense of beautiful proportions and details. View his work at LinFan Design Workshop View the full article
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    Good diversity of work and skills, but I think that you should try to get some internship experience to fill your portfolio with professional projects, in order to create more chance to be hired. Also I suggest to make your presentations cleaner, for instance some of the background graphics are too distracting in my opinion.
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    Recycled Paper Frames

    AERIS Talks Frames with Simon Chimm, the man behind RPF – Recycled Paper Frames – and an example of fashion that reduces, rather than creates, waste… Via Aeris Magazine View the full article
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    Tianyu Xiao Furniture

    Chinese furniture designer Tianyu Xiao has been learning furniture design in Sweden over the past few years, but originally studied at CAFA in Beijing. Of particular interest is his ‘Writable’ table, a traditional Chinese tea table concept with a writing surface in the middle. Have a look at his website here for more projects. Via EIGHTSIX View the full article
  6. Hong Kong-born fashion designer Carrie Chan, 32, got her Master’s Degree in Fashion Design in 2008 at the University of Westminster in the UK after a few years as a fashion and lifestyle journalist at the South China Morning Post. Then, in October 2011 she launched the first RI.by.CARRIE collection and made a name for herself with leg wear and hand printed tights. Nicely Made in China (NMiC) met Carrie in her Hong Kong studio at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Shek Kip Mei. Read the interview at Nicely Made in China View the full article
  7. Beijing Design Week 2012 will be held in Beijing from 28th September to 6th October, features seven sections: Opening Ceremony, Annual Design Awards, Guest City, Beijing Design Fair, GeoCity Smart City-International Information Design Exhibition, The New York Times Beijing Design Forum 2012, and Design Hop. Visit the official site of Beijing Design Week View the full article
  8. Eight Inc. is proud to be participating in the 2012 Beijing Design Week. In its annual design festival, Beijing will present the works of local and international artists and designers. Beijing is fast becoming a major design metropolis, recognized by its recent nomination as UNESCO City of Design joining the likes of Berlin, Montréal and Buenos Aires. At Beijing Design Week, Eight Inc. will showcase several of their diverse and award-winning projects: amongst them its influential work for Citibank which resulted in the invention of a new human-centric banking experience. The Malama Learning Center – a unique and sustainable place on the island of Oahu for learning, arts and culture. And furthermore its long-standing work for Apple, including the creation of the Apple retail store program. Tim Kobe, Founder and CEO of Eight Inc. will also address students and faculty at the renowned Tsinghua University on the topic of Technology and Design. Tim will speak about the technology innovation work that Eight Inc. has done for some of the most successful and best loved brands in the world such as Apple, Nokia and Citibank. View the full article
  9. The Yu Bar is the glamorous new rooftop bar of the newly opened Shanghai Marriott Luwan. Located on the banks of the Huangpu River overlooking the Expo 2010 site and the Lupu Ridge the bar is located on the 28th and 29th floor and features a large outdoor terrace offering guests phenomenal views of the city. Developed by one of China’s top real estate developers, the Greenland Group, and managed by the Marriott Group, Kokaistudios received the brief to oversee the architectural design of a glass pavilion on the roof and all of the interior design for this unique location and our aim was to create a multifunctional venue suitable for a wide variety of occasions. Split over 2 levels the bar is characterized by a series of different moods and experiences all of which back-stopped by incredible views. The name of the bar, Yu, is a classical Chinese character which symbolizes elegance and exclusivity. It is the inspiration of the design to combines nostalgic touches and contemporary decor, blending traditional Chinese flavor with Western romance. The concepts formed the starting point for the development of the design concept which Kokaistudios took in new contemporary directions which become apparent the moment guests step off the elevator where they are greeted by with sleek wood blocks and a stainless steel ceiling The entrance area of the bar is a corridor surrounded on all sides by sleek dark glass cabinets with dramatic lighting effect which create a strong atmosphere. The VIP area over looks ceiling height windows and is full of old style chesterfield custom designed red leather sofas all centered around a dramatic stainless steel globe and an air of exclusivity; privacy and intimacy is given by the sliding curtains and dim lighting Taking inspiration from the neighboring river and the importance that shipping has played in Shanghai’s development we developed a boat inspired U shaped bar covered in thick steel cables and characterized by its myriad hanging blown glass lamps. Separated from the main DJ stand by a small dance-floor this space offers spectacular views of the passing ships. The hexagonal mosaic finished bathroom designed in complete black and white giving a vintage look with a modern flair. A sleek flying staircase leads up a brightly lit and wildly orange room located within the newly built modern-style glass pavilion; designed in a way to allow for the terrace to occupy the best views of the river and the neighboring sites. With a second bar and plush white sofas, the atmosphere is almost opposite from the dark and low-key first floor and is designed for lounging in the breeze and appreciating fine cocktails and wines almost as if one was on a boat on the river. The entire top floor is designed to be rented out for private events and hosts a full bar and kitchen facilities. With Kokaistudios strong emphasis on the interplay between materials, furniture and lighting the Yu Bar offers a unique guest experience in Shanghai and satisfies the demand of dynamic guests looking for new sights, sounds and tastes all accompanied by great service and a stunning view. Designed by Kokai Studios View the full article
  10. Here is the Spring/Summer collection of 2013 by Ji Cheng. View the full article
  11. Golucci International Design have designed a second Taiwan Noodle House in Beijing, China. Via Contemporist View the full article
  12. This floating tea house in Yangzhou, by Chinese architects HWCD Associates, features brick rooms linked by louvred bamboo corridors and brises soleil. Via Dezeen View the full article
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    Huabiao Shan Furniture

    Huabiao Shan from Hangzhou is a Chinese furniture designer with a natural aesthetic who works closely with natural materials and crafts them delicately into contemporary pieces. His latest work is called Autumn Whisper and was made in autumn 2011. Via Eightsix.co View the full article
  14. Bright lights, prime numbers and a map of the universe are installed amongst the abandoned oil tanks of a former shipbuilding workshop in what’s now the Chinese Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012. Via Dezeen View the full article
  15. Chinese menswear designer, Qingqing Wu, for the second time at Mercedes Fashion Week, debuted a new collection for his brand, VLOV, on the coveted NY runway. Wu received critical praise for his first collection, but in a rookie mistake, lost opportunities to secure orders from fashion buyers because he brought only one sample of each garment. In preparation for this year’s show, Wu and his team spent 6 months preparing for the 13 minute runway show. With extra samples on hand for buyers, can we expect to soon find the VLOV brand in boutiques around the world? View the full article
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    Oct Clubhouse Shenzhen

    Richard Meier & Partners is proud to announce the first completed project in Shenzhen, China. Sited on a prominent island in the middle of the OCT harbor lake, the new OCT Shenzhen Clubhouse will provide guests and members with a restaurant, private dining suites, a multi-purpose area, as well as recreational facilities, a fitness center and a small exhibition gallery. Via E-architect View the full article
  17. Japanese airline, ANA (All Nippon Airways) has recently announced a Design Contest to let the public design the livery for one of its Boeing 767-300 jumbo jets! The contest is launched in commemoration of ANA’s upcoming 60th anniversary. Anyone, – regardless of age, nationality, or artistic skill – is free to submit a design for consideration. Kids of all ages can even download and print out a blank airplane template and ‘paint’ the plane with crayons. They can then scan and upload their creative genius, or even send their drawings to ANA by snail mail (normal post). Some of the more skilled artists may prefer to do it all digitally using their favorite digital drawing software package. So, all of you talented Chinese and Asia Pacific designers… what are you waiting for? Get to drawing! View the full article
  18. While New York is making strides in promoting the installation of green roofs throughout NYC, the city of Zhuzhou in Hunan, China is taking the idea of green roofs to new heights with a shopping mall topped with a lush living roof and a four-villa development! China Daily reportsthat the houses atop Jiutian International Square mall are intended to function as offices for employees of the mall’s real estate developer, and they present an intriguing possibility for urban areas seeking to offer residents more green space. Via Inhabitat View the full article
  19. Recent London College Of Fashion graduate (and newly admitted MA student) Yirantian Guo (郭一然天) may be young, but she’s already gaining accolades for her unique sense of design and style. Recently, the Chinese site Fashion Trend Digest caught up with Guo to discuss her development as a designer, fashion inspiration, and dream collaborators. Interview translated by Jing Daily team. Read the interview at Jing Daily View the full article
  20. A recent article in Jing Daily about fixed wheel bicycle culture in Beijing, including fixie bike polo, has whet my appetite for and nudged me ever closer to ditching my 21 gear mountain bike in favor of a single speed, fixed-gear road bike. I’ll admit it: there’s something beautifully elegant and minimalistic about fixed-gear bikes. They are usually devoid of mechanical complication, with the most fanatical fixie purists eschewing even brakes (something that I cannot fathom in the sudden stop and go nature of Shanghai city riding). With no cables, gear levers, derailleurs, or shock absorbers to add weight, complexity, and clutter up the visual purity of the bike, you’re left with a beautifully clean geometric shape. Because of what fixed-gear bikes do without, even a steel framed bike is relatively light weight. Combined with the exacting control the rider gets from being totally and always connected with the bike (no freewheel spinning means your legs are always connected to the bike and always moving), and the purity of feeling everything the bike is doing, the riding experience is viscerally tactile and known to be addictive – and fast! It’s not unusual to see fixie riders darting in and out of traffic. It looks scary, but experienced fixie riders are always aware of their surroundings and what their bikes are doing. The difference between riding a fixed-gear bike versus a multi-gear bike is a bit analogous to the experience of driving a manual transmission sports car compared with an automatic transmission sedan. The sedan is more comfortable, but the driver is less connected with the machine, and thus, less engaged. There’s no eating French fries or texting while driving a stick shift sports car – you have to pay attention, and that attention is rewarded in the driving experience. I’ve always been a stick shift car guy, so I guess it’s time for me to sell my ‘sedan’ and get back to driving – er riding – a ‘sports car’ As enjoyable as it was to read about Beijing’s fixed-gear culture, China’s capital city does not have the monopoly on fixed-gear bike culture. Shanghai’s fixie culture was featured in a City Weekend article last year. Fixed-gear bike culture is becoming fashionable – quite literally: Shanghai Tang has even collaborated with Colossi Cyling to produce a limited edition fixie bike, available at their Shanghai Tang Mansion on Duddell Street in Hong Kong, or ordered online. For those of us who can’t quite afford the Shanghai Tang bike’s HK$10,800 price tag, there are many local bike builders who offer beautiful, high quality, and most importantly – customizable fixed-gear and single speed bikes. One of Shanghai’s local leaders in fixed-gear bicycles is Factory Five. They’ve just launched a new website, and through September 30, are offering free delivery throughout mainland China. Luckily for me, I live in Shanghai, and I think I’ll be taking a trip in the near future to their Jiangsu Lu shop. View the full article
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    A Stone A Mountain

    Jing Feng was graduated from Zhejiang University of Technology, and studies in HDK – Högskolan för Design och Konsthantverk, Gothenburg now. Jing Feng was born in an isolated southern village of china, surrounded by mountains. “A Stone A Mountain” for him is more a project exploring his hometown and own culture than a functional design. “Memory Box” is a hybrid of a normal squared box and a Chinese wooden lid from my grandmother’s kitchen, and the stone, as a part of the work, is made by porcelain liquid in plaster mold, randomly grained, therefore each one is different. Via NeochaEDGE View the full article
  22. Beautiful and innovative Wuxi Grand Theatre features such innovations as LED color changing exterior ‘wings’ that can be adapted to the character of the performance held within the theatre. Wuxi Grand Theatre is situated on a manmade peninsula on Taihu Lake. The project took 4 years from design to completion in 2012. Many more beautiful photos and project details over at Dezeen. View the full article
  23. Never thought we’d say we love an abandoned quarry. But through a massive six-year restoration, replanting and re-imagining process, the Quarry Garden in Shanghai Botanical Garden, in the Songjiang District, in Shanghai, China, has become not just a thing of beauty and wonder but a successful travel attraction. An abandoned quarry has indeed been turned into something beautiful. Via The Cool Hunter View the full article
  24. This is an oldie, but goodie: It’s moon cake time again, and amidst the overabundance of self-important, lavish, and outrageously expensive moon cakes, are a small collection of moon cakes with a (literally) cheeky sense of humor Jump to the Found in Hong Kong blog to read all about it. View the full article
  25. Building on the success of May’s extravaganza, DAFF – Design Art Fashion Fair, that is – returns to Shanghai next month, promising yet more creativity and design, not to mention a lot of fun. In case you missed it last time round, it’s a day-long fair featuring pop-up stores by a whole host of local and international brands. In addition to some pretty inspired shopping opportunities, visitors can also expect tasty food and booze, live art, DJs, and no fewer than three live fashion shows. With a little under a month to go ’til DAFF-day, organizers, The Ice Cream Truck, are currently inviting brands and artists to get involved by purchasing a booth to showcase their wares. It costs 1,500rmb, and creative presentation is most definitely encouraged! May’s event saw some 4,500 fair-goers browse more than 80 brands and artists, with confirmed participants for the fall edition on 22 September to include online/offline boutique, MIXR; original artwork by Doodles & Bubbles; literature from HAL; and Snoozer Loser’s funky prints. If you’d like to get involved, email organizers right here, ideally before 1 September, and for the CH event listing, click here. Via CreativeHunt View the full article

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