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    Waikitchung.com

    Well, here is the link to my portfolio website: Portfolio of Wai kit Chung Still have to update the sketch section - TU Delft Industrial Design
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    Wuxi Grand Theatre

    In 2008, PES-Architects won first prize in the invited international architectural design competition for Wuxi Grand Theatre. The Wuxi Grand Theatre is located on a man-made peninsula of Wu-Li Lake, south of Wuxi centre city and is the most important new cultural building project of the Tai-Hu New City. The Wuxi Grand Theatre due to its location and its architectural image is the newest landmark building in the Wuxi area. The new complex contains a wide variety of functions, but most noticeably it will house the 1680 seat Grand Theatre for classical and Chinese opera, ballet, and symphony orchestral music and a Comprehensive Performance Hall with a capacity 690 seats. The main architectural image of the Wuxi Grand Theatre consists of eight leaves, or wings, which, together with the terraced stone plinth give the impression of a butterfly descending onto the shore of the Wu-Li Lake. This artist and sculptural form creates a landmark building for Wuxi’s new performing arts center. PES-Architects wanted to give such a form to this new art institute so that the building itself becomes a work of art – a big sculpture. In addition to this the wings are an important part of the ecological concept as they protect the building mass from the direct heat of the sun. In order to take full advantage of its lakeside location, the main entrance and public spaces have been raised from the surrounding level creating a stone plinth. On the top of this sits the two stone auditoriums, which are linked by the glazed entrance lobby with open views across Wu-Li Lake. There are additional views across the lake and to the direction of the old city from the two public lakeside foyers and the terraces connected to them. A second public entrance is provided from the lower lakeside level and under the plinth are the technical and service facilities, shared by both auditoriums, as well as parking areas for staff and services, the audience and for VIP guests. Designed by PES Architects View the full article
  3. With all of the iPhone 5 rumors flying around the internet, it was only a matter of time before the inevitable happened: a Chinese handset manufacturer has cleverly created an iPhone 5 look-a-like based on the various (and fairly detailed) photos and specifications of the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 5 that have been leaked through the internet rumor mill. In the Wired.com article, it was stated that the Chinese manufacturer may have patented the iPhone 5′s design in China ahead of Apple. Given that Apple has become embroiled in a number of high profile IP lawsuits, perhaps the Chinese company plans on suing Apple for its iPhone 5 patent in exchange for a nice fat settlement check. Given what I understand about the patent system – and it’s not a lot, I’ll admit – I’d imagine that Apple had long ago filed for invention, utility, and design patents for the iPhone 5 (or whatever it will be called when Apple officially announces it on Sept 12, according to many sources). The patent review and approval process, however, takes time – years in some cases – depending on the type and complexity of the patent (which is why Patent Pendings are so useful). Until those patents are issued, a company may be vulnerable to challenges to its IP if the company hasn’t secured proper protections in all of its target markets. Given that China is a major market for Apple, I can only assume that Apple has already engaged Chinese IP law firms to apply for patent, trademark, and copyright protections for all of its products and services. If that is not the case, then it’s a serious miscalculation on Apple’s part. As for the Chinese handset manufacturer, GooPhone, all I can say is that companies like this continue to smear the image of China. Copycats are causing Chinese industry to lose face in the international industrial and commercial arena. Copycats are nothing new, and certainly not the exclusive domain of Chinese industries. China is, however, rightly or wrongly, being heavily scrutinized by political and business leaders in the West, as they watch how this giant nation makes its way in the modern industrialized, consumerist world. All industrialized nations have had a history of copying and adapting technologies from their leading competitors. It’s sort of the natural evolution of industry. The problem here is that never before have the results and consequences of such a methodology been so immediate and far reaching. As a designer, I value the creation of something new and useful as opposed to an artless forgery of someone else’s creativity. As a designer, I disdain GooPhone and other Chinese copycats’ business practices. Even if new products are based on the knowledge of tearing down and building on top of existing ones, evolutionary innovation can be achieved without having the stink of forgery. There are plenty of excellent designers and design consultancies here in China, both Chinese and foreign, who could develop original, innovative designs for these Chinese companies and give their brands global legitimacy and their consumers something culturally relevant and insightful. Why not hire them? Maybe for the same reason why so many new business, products, and advertisements continue to butcher the English language despite the easy access to native speakers, language services, and a growing number of Chinese who are now well educated in English – because the vast majority of the Chinese consumers either can’t tell the difference or don’t care. As a consumer, I don’t have a real problem with GooPhone’s tactic of copying the iPhone 5′s alleged form factor and appearance. It’s actually quite remarkable and clever that they’ve been able to hijack Apple’s design and launch an Android powered ‘homage’, even beating Apple to the market. That’s not lazy; that’s industrious and innovative in its own rather unscrupulous way. I don’t worry much about GooPhone taking Apple’s market share, because regardless of what it looks like on the outside, GooPhone’s products will never come close to performing as well as Apple’s. It’s like comparing a Rolex knockoff to the real thing; looks good at first, but just give it a little time and watch it deteriorate before your eyes. What I have a real serious issue with is a patent system that is so poorly designed that it at once both inhibits innovation while also enabling opportunists to ‘game the system’ for unethical profiteering. If GooPhone has actually succeeded in patenting Apple’s design here in China before Apple has, it would be an indictment both of Apple’s failure to perform its due diligence as a company, as well as the inherent dysfunction of Chinese and global intellectual property laws. View the full article
  4. "Wrap the Music" is the first packaging contest started by Desall.com, a crowdsourcing platform for Industrial, Craft and Interior Design. Desall presented an original cable wrapper, useful to keep in order earphones. In the past weeks it launched a challenge to its community to find a name suitable for this pocket gadget. Among several proposal, the winner entry is Desthreego, which stands out against the others for originality and presentation. Now Desall opens the second phase of "Wrap the Music" contest that concerns with the design of an innovative packaging. The participants will compete in finding a new and feasible solution for this specific gadget, focusing on the communication aspect: the packaging has to describe the main features of the product and promote Desall platform. The contest is open to everybody (over 18 years old), it's necessary just to sign up and send the proposals by 30th September. The designer of the winner entry will be awarded with the "Wrapper Award" and a money prize. More information about deadline, conditions and how to participate to the contest are available in the following page: http://bit.ly/WrapTheMusic Ranged Event From: 05 Sep 2012 To: 30 Sep 2012 View the full article
  5. hi!Mood is a wi-fi device which generates led patterns and plays music in sync with your mood. It plays the tracks which best fit how you feel directly from stereomood.com, associating to each song the coolest and most appropriate RGB led pattern matching your mood. You can interact with hi!Mood through a mobile app interface so that hi!Mood focuses only on what it can do best: playing music and generating colored light patterns matching your mood! hi!Mood is being developed by A-Pole, a mobile application development studio which is creating innovative mobile apps to know more about the world around you and interact simply with everyday electronic objects. A hi!Mood prototype was hacked together by A-Pole during Hackitaly 2012 (more info). A-Pole is taking care of the electronic core, the design is Desall business! Desall is a crowdsourcing platform that, through design contests, connects companies and private clients with a worldwide community of creative talents. Every designer can sign up for free and participate. If you are a maker, a creative or a product designer, we ask you to imagine and design the hi!Mood case: it must contain the controller board (maximum length and width of an Arduino Mega2560 PCB are 4 and 2.1 inches respectively), emit led patterns and play music through a speaker. If you manage to combine style with functionality, proposing a uniquely cool product design there is a big prize for you! Check the brief to know more about technical requirements, conditions and submission deadline. Link to the contest Good luck! May the best designer win. Acknowledgements: Arduino, Hackitaly, Openpicus, Stereomood. Ranged Event From: 05 Sep 2012 To: 09 Oct 2012 View the full article
  6. Desall in collaboration with FARM Cultural Park presents the craft design contest “Epidemic Happiness –Street Furniture Contest”. The competition aim is the creation of a single piece of street furniture representing the theme of happiness. FARM Cultural Park is a foundation that aims to a cultural and local redevelopment of the historical centre of Favara, Sicilian town located near the Valle dei Templi, archeological site in Agrigento. The heart of the project is Sette Cortili, a real Sicilian village converted into a Park of Contemporary Culture and Tourism. On the occasion of Venice Architecture Biennale 2012, directed by David Chipperfield and titled “Common Ground” (open from 29th August to 25th November), FARM Cultural Park received a special invite. They will participate to the art exhibition “Architetture del Made in Italy”, within Padiglione Italia where they will explain their mission and the theme of epidemic happiness. The main concept is the celebration of joy, how it spreads among people and its power to exorcise “crisis” and general negativity. The aim of “Epidemic Happiness – Street Furniture Contest” is identifying new and innovative projects for the creation of a unique piece of street furniture that embodies the contest theme. It also has to give high visibility to FARM Cultural Park mission and communicate its values. The competition is open to designers, creatives and groups of any nationality and age (over 18). Participants must present their proposals by 2nd November 2012 and the Jury vote phase will open the 24th November. The selection of the winners will be the result of an unquestionable evaluation and it will take into account originality, project innovation and feasibility. A total amount of 1500 € will be awarded to the winner. More information about deadlines, technical requirements and project constraints at Desall.com: http://bit.ly/EHContest Incipit of "Warning: Epidemic Happiness" “Epidemic Happiness: strange cases of a rare contagious epidemic in Venice. Initial research has shown that some cases derived from Laguna and others occurred a few weeks ago deriving from Favara. Exhibited through diverse and bizarre symptoms, this disease, according to experts is spreading uncontrollably. Symptoms include a rejection to all forms of rules, social conditioning, resulting in a total disregard for the opinions and judgments of others, as well as childlike behavior; happiness and joyfulness and endless the search for emotions. For now experts have not responded, although enthusiasm can barely be contained while they wait for an improbable vaccine capable of restraining the diffusion of the epidemic called Epidemic Happiness”. Ranged Event From: 05 Sep 2012 To: 02 Nov 2012 View the full article
  7. Founded by Ken Shuttleworth in 2004, Britain’s Make Architects has swiftly established itself as one of the UK’s leading architectural firms, working out of a global network of studios in London, Birmingham, Beijing and Hong Kong as well as registered offices in the Middle East. Engaging in a wide range of projects around the world, Make Architects designs everything from large-scale urban masterplans to private luxury residences. Joining Make in 2004 and relocating in China in 2008 to lead the firm’s Beijing studio, architect John Puttick — whose résumé includes the Hammersmith Embankment mixed-use development on London’s South Bank and the renovation of 55 Baker Street — has set to work heading an impressive set of projects. Puttick’s recent work has included a number of shortlisted competition bids, including a scheme to redesign Shenzhen’s city center, a 500,000 square meter mixed-use building in Beijing and a redesign of the facade of Esprit’s Hong Kong flagship. Current projects in the works include three developments now under construction: a 21-story residential tower in Hong Kong and a boutique hotel and two office towers in Chengdu. Coming off the completion of their first project in China, the Weihai Pavilion on the northern coast of China’s Shandong peninsula, Make Architects — like a number of international firms — is focusing more intently on China’s less developed interior. Recently, Jing Daily exchanged a Q&A with John Puttick, covering his firm’s plans for expanding in second-tier Chinese cities, the current state of the architecture scene in China, the country’s greater consciousness of sustainable construction, and the potential of local architects. Via Jing Daily View the full article
  8. A recent article from Want China Times highlighted the immaturity of one Chinese car manufacturer, which may not be atypical of the Chinese auto industry – and perhaps other industries in China. BYD, which is one of China’s emerging domestic auto brands, is in financial trouble as a result of various poor business decisions. One of these decisions was to copy other carmakers’ products rather than create original designs. From a designer’s perspective, it’s interesting that the topic of copying competitors is so casually discussed as a legitimate business strategy. There is no mention of the ethical concerns of the approach – only of the financial impacts. Regardless of ethics, however, BYD’s strategy of copying competitors’ products has resulted in a dramatic loss of marketshare. As the article states, “this approach undermined the company’s research-and-development abilities, subjecting it to great pressure each time other Chinese carmakers launched new models.” Some of BYD’s domestic competitors, meanwhile, have made investments in R&D centers and hiring experienced foreign designers. Read the full story from Want China Times. View the full article
  9. The European all-in-one event designed exclusively for architects, designers and other professionals with a focus on innovation “ARCHITECT@WORK” officially launches in Shanghai After more than 20 successful editions throughout Europe, the first-ever edition of ARCHITECT@WORK CHINA (SHANGHAI) will take place on September 6 and 7, 2012 in the Shanghai Expo Centre. In only 2 days, visitors will have the opportunity to explore hundreds of innovations and meet high level targeted architects, designers and corporate decision makers in a customized, trendy and relaxed atmosphere. The focus of this event covers 4 aspects: - high quality innovative and creative products selected by a Steering Committee; - the constant exchange of technical knowledge, ideas and experiences; - matchmaking networking meetings between international and local architects and designers; - a concept with uniform booths which increases the number of ʻfirst contactsʼ. ARCHITECT@WORK will be hosting professional speakers who will discuss current topics around innovative construction, development of cities, the future of the workplace and creative interiors. Visit the official site of ARCHITECT@WORK View the full article
  10. Beijing’s 798 Art District has made a mainstream shift in recent years with coffee shops, souvenir stores, flocks of tourists and the usual weekend deploy of an arsenal of digital cameras. 798 has become the center of lighthearted art entertainment, but it still preserves some hidden pearls of creativity like Essence Labs. Opened in 2009 by young designers Yin Xiangkun and Meng Dan, Essence Labs is a jewelry boutique featuring handmade jewelry resembling—and often made from—animal body parts. Jump to Cool Hunting to read the full story. View the full article
  11. Weihai Pavilion encloses the exhibition space for a major new residential development in Weihai, a city of 2.5 million people on the northern coast of China’s Shandong Peninsula. The temporary structure, opened in the spring of 2012, is a reception area and information hub for potential customers for the new development and serves as an event space, hosting launches, receptions and meetings. The city is a popular coastal destination for holiday-makers and the residential development is targeting second-home owners. Our pavilion design makes the most of the popular seafront location with an asymmetrical crescent form which responds to, and engages with, the seascape as well as the urban setting. The pavilion is divided into two main spaces, separated by a spine wall which is vertically clad with bamboo to contrast with the building’s otherwise curved geometry. The main entrance is located in the concave curve of the crescent and leads to a generous reception area and information zone. The building’s convex curve is fully glazed and floods the interior with natural daylight, giving uninterrupted 180 degree views of the sea. This main space contains a model display area, bar, small cinema, meeting spaces and offices, and spills out onto a continuous terrace that wraps around the exterior of the facade, offering panoramic views of the sea. Via Contemporist View the full article
  12. Wang Jian from Jiangsu province, China, crafted his own Lamborghini Reventon from spare parts at the cost of around $10,000 – a mere 0.625% of the price of the real thing. It’s tempting to laugh this off and dismiss it altogether, but there is something wonderfully ambitious, albiet naive, in this young man’s effort to craft his own crude homage to one of the world’s greatest ever sports cars. What the rural Chinese may lack in knowledge, money, or finesse, they more than make up for in homespun ingenuity and determination! This work of art? would not have been out of place amongst the various rural inventions featured in Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘Peasant Da Vincis’ exhibit in 2010, which was the inaugural show at the then newly opened RockBund Art Museum in Shanghai. Read the full story at AutoEvolution. View the full article
  13. A model wears a design by Fake Natoo, a fashion label that uses materials destined for the dump. Provided to China Daily Chinese fashion designers and entrepreneurs are upcycling and recycling old clothes into new garments to help both the planet and their local communities. Read the full story by Tiffany Tan at China Daily. View the full article
  14. It’s nearly impossible to go a week without reading about international fashion brands expanding their operations in China. But what about Chinese brands targeting the West? A number of Chinese fashion and apparel brands are now aiming to build upon their domestic success and establish themselves in Western markets. Among them are companies like Bosideng, with recorded revenues of $1.3 billion in 2012 and over 10,000 retail outlets in China, and Eve Enterprise, the group behind four menswear collections now targeting the UK. Read the full story from The Business of Fashion. View the full article
  15. Chinese automakers are losing ground to their foreign competitors, despite three decades of partnerships with foreign automakers to exchange market access for technology. Domestic car buyers still perceive Chinese auto brands as inferior and less desirable to foreign brands. While domestic auto companies, such as BAIC and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, have hired top foreign designers to give their products a design boost, the strategy has not yet yielded improvements in brand perceptions and market share. For now, the core business for Chinese automakers is to continue manufacturing their foreign partners’ products. Read the full story from Businessweek. View the full article
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    Idea Design Lab

    IDEA Design Lab is an initiative founded and directed by Dariel Studio. IDEA DESIGN LAB is the first action-oriented and cross-disciplinary think-tank in the field of Interior Design, bringing together talented people and pioneering ideas to invent innovative designs for the future during international workshops. IDEA stands for “Innovative designers in Action” because each workshop will lead to the actual building of a prototype and scale models. The first workshop LAB 1 will be held from Sep.1 to Sep.8, 2012 at Aalto-Tongji Design Factory (Tongji University) focusing on the “Hotel Bedroom 2032″, while exploring heritage, biomimicry and new technologies. Get involved at www.idea-designlab.com Have a look at the programme and Book your seat at contact@idea-designlab.com View the full article
  17. In 2008 Gensler broke ground on the sustainable Shanghai Tower in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. The tower is currently in construction and it’s one of three supertall buildings in Pudong, including the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. The elegant structure spirals up to the sky, and once it is completed in 2014 it will become the second tallest tower in the world — only second to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The 632 meter tall structure is a testament to both modern architecture and the potential of engineering, and it also sets a precedent for sustainable super structures. The tower will take the form of nine cylindrical buildings stacked atop each other, enclosed by layers of glass, and hosting public space for visitors including atriums, gardens, cafes, restaurants, retail space, a hotel, and 360-degree views of the city. The building will also include a rainwater recycling system and a series of wind turbines able to generate up to 350,000 kWh of electricity per year. But most notably, the tower’s glass façade was designed specifically to reduce wind loads on the building by 24%, which means that fewer construction materials are needed (including 25% less structural steel). We recently spoke to Gensler‘s Chris Chan, Design Director and member of the tower’s design team, who gave us some insight on what it has taken to get the Shanghai Tower built, and how Building Information Modeling (BIM) has played a crucial role from concept to construction. Jump ahead for our fascinating interview with Chris! Via Inhabitat View the full article
  18. Very few Chinese designers experiment with prints… Most Chinese designers still struggle with their fabric sourcing. Local suppliers traditionally shun small orders and refuse to supply them. And buying fabric at retail makes the designers’ products too costly. So quite a few designers turn to the overseas market for fabric. Uma Wang, for example, uses exclusively Italian-made fabric. But with export orders dropping, Chinese manufacturers are now turning to local designers to fill the capacity in their factories. Read the full story at WWD View the full article
  19. Beijing-based Vega Zaishi Wang (王在实), one of Jing Daily’s favorite emerging Chinese designers, recently moved her VEGA ZAISHI WANG STUDIO+SHOP into an airy new space. Nestled in historic #63 Yanyue Hutong, the studio and showroom strikes a harmonious balance between Wang’s unwavering, simplified aesthetic and the more elaborate, traditional northern Chinese architecture. Having just debuted her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, “Jaran Zagaan Aduu” (“六十白骏”), Wang will likely have her hands full in the months ahead, settling into her new digs while promoting the collection as fall fashion season heats up. Via Jing Daily View the full article
  20. “In the past, China hasn’t really respected design a whole lot. They’re known for copying and manufacturing. So does that mean you’re trying to change the culture of those you’re doing business with?” Read the interview at Fast Company View the full article
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    Tea Filter

    Tea is widely enjoyed no matter you are from east or west. People are fonder of a relaxed way of making tea in the ever-accelerating pace of life in modern society. Our style of tea-making set brings users a more convenient way of making tea with unique ideas and innovation. This tea-making set features in separating tea from water, enabling tea water to directly flow into cups while the tea leaves could be efficiently filtered out, which makes it easier to get washed. In addition, the dimension and size are suitable for cups of various shapes and different specifications. The set can be easily matched to different cups, resulting in all kinds of changeable effects. This tea-making set looks so good with luxurious material combination of bone china and silk wood, giving off fine and rich texture, expressing elegant in visual effect. The wooden base could also be used as a stand for the cover of tea-making set when brewing. This is totally a piece of works which might be treated with mind from the point of its function as well as from the improved experience of the set itself. Designed by Chen Tao Design Studio View the full article
  22. The inspiration for the project comes from both the location being close to the bay and from the needs of the program, a surreal space for design exhibitions. The Oct design museum focuses mainly on fashion shows, product design, and conceptual automotive shows. The goal was to create a space that is surreal to the subject matter but also transcendental in surrounding and feeling. The design of the interior relies on a continuous white curving surface that casts no shadows and has no depth. The result is a surreal borderless space that seems to go on into the infinite, similar to the feeling of a James Turrell installation. The effect is like being in a cloud or dense fog. The building becomes a blank surreal background, with only small triangular windows scattered randomly, as if they were birds in flight. Typically an automobile looks very heavy but in this limitless space it becomes weightless, letting its curves, shadows, and intense colors become the focal point of the show. The first floor of the building holds the entry lobby and café, while the second and third is mainly exhibition space. Storage space is spread out evenly through the floors, with movable walls allow the exhibition spaces to be very flexible in scale and function. The exterior form of the building is a direct reflection of the continuous curving space inside. The smooth organic form has a similar surreal yet transcendental effect when seen outside in its urban setting. Set into its landscape, the building’s form seems to float above the ground, as if it was not from this planet. Being 300 meters from the ocean, we took inspiration in the smooth stones found along the beach. It is like a purely smooth stone cast into an overly saturated urban setting. Via Contemporist View the full article
  23. Istituto Marangoni is nothing new to China: from their Shanghai headquarters, they’ve been sending students to their three European campuses in Milan, Paris and London for almost a decade already. Now, though, they’re poised to launch new brand, Centro Marangoni, a professional training center based in Pudong’s Expo area and aimed at bringing Italian know-how to the Chinese fashion industry. CreativeHunt sat down with training center director, Tim Borgmann and the Istituto’s Asia Pacific Area Manager, Stefano Mologni to get the lowdown on what the Centro is all about, and who stands to benefit from the brand’s Asia expansion. Via Creative Hunt View the full article
  24. The Power Tube 5500 portable battery charger is designed to accompany the iPod, iPhone and iPad. The integrated USB charging port also renders it compatible with a range of different mobile phones, MP3 players, game consoles and navigation devices, for several different connector types can be used. With a capacity of 5,500 mAh, it harbours enough power to charge mobile phones at least twice. When the button on top is pressed, information about battery level is shown on a colour display. With its built-in LED lamp, the charger can also be used as a mini-torch. Designed by Wai Yung and Stanley Yeung from MiPow Limited View the full article
  25. The S800 mobile phone has a colour display with a special feature: it is transparent so that objects behind the display can be seen. Letters and graphics thus seem to float between the two glass surfaces. The phone body and the keypad are clearly offset from the transparent display through a wide metal ring. Designed by Xin Jin and Jeff Hu from Lenovo View the full article
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