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  1. China is growing to become a hub for world class designers. We are proud to be a part of the design world and are eager to see how you are electrifying the Chinese community. Currently on its 7th year, Successful Design Awards has become one of the most prestigious awards in the design community. Be a part of the awards built to empower, elevate and reward design. Designers and companies from around the world that actively create a positive impact in the Chinese market are welcome to participate. 2012 Categories include space, product/services, transportation, fashion and visual communication. Timeline: April 1st to July 31st – Call for Entries. September – Jury selection. November – Award ceremony. Visit Successful Design Awards for more information View the full article
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    Hutong Bubble 32

    MAD’s proposal for a future Beijing was first revealed at its exhibition MAD IN CHINA, shown during the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. Beijing 2050 imagined three scenarios for the future of Beijing―a green Public Park in Tiananmen Square, a series of floating islands above the city’s CBD, and the “Future of hutongs,” which featured metallic bubbles scattered throughout Beijing’s oldest neighborhoods. Three years later, the first hutong bubble appears in a small courtyard in Beijing. China’s rapid development has altered the city’s landscape on a massive scale, continually eroding the delicate urban tissue of old Beijing, particularly the traditional alleyway neighborhoods known as hutongs. Such dramatic changes have forced an aging architecture to rely on the right opportunity, spontaneous renovations to keep pace with the ever-changing neighborhood. In addition, poor standards of hygiene have turned unique living spaces and potentially thriving communities into derelict districts. Hutongs are increasingly disregarded by their own residents, and turned into quaint theme parks for tourists. The self-perpetuating degradation of the city’s urban tissue requires a change in the living conditions of local residents. Progress does not necessarily call for large scale construction – it can occur as interventions at a small scale. The hutong bubbles it is plugged into the urban tissue, it is an attractor, attracting new people, activities, and resources to bring together a neighborhood. They exist in symbiosis with the old. It is fueled by urban residue, the bubbles and it transforms to support the community’s needs. It allows the local residents to continue living in the old neighborhoods. In time, these interventions will become part of Beijing’s extending history, newly formed membranes within the city’s urban tissue. Hutong Bubble 32 provides a toilet and a staircase that extends onto a roof terrace for a newly renovated courtyard house. Its shiny exterior renders it an alien creature, and yet at the same time, it morphs into the surrounding wood, brick, and greenery. The past and the future can thus coexist in a finite, yet dream-like world. The real ambition is for the hutong bubble to connect to the culturally rich urban environment, to connect to each individual’s vision of a better Beijing. The bubble is not a singular object, but an architecture that will initiate a renewed and energetic community. Under the current fast-paced development, we must remember of Beijing’s long term goals and the direction of its creativity. Perhaps we should shift our sights away from the glory attraction of the new iconic, instead see how the mass citizen of the city’s illuminate through this new network. Location: Beijing, China Typology: Courtyard renovation Site Area: 140 sqm Building Area: Bubble 10sqm Directors: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun Design Team:Dai Pu, Yu Kui, Stefanie Helga Paul, He Wei, Shen Jianghai Construction Engineers: Beijing Nade Environmental Art Design Co., Ltd. Designed by MAD architects View the full article
  3. How has fashion mirrored the social and cultural changes that have taken place in modern China? To what extent has fashion contributed to those changes? This book provides the first comprehensive account of modern Chinese fashion from 1978 to the present day. The post-Mao era witnessed the birth of the Chinese market economy, the reawakening of Chinese fashion, and the rejuvenation of Chinese society. The program of economic reform turned China into the world’s leading manufacturing powerhouse, and the Chinese fashion industry now plays a key international role. During the same period, Western companies discovered China as a significant market for branded fashion and luxury goods. This book, which takes a chronological approach, offers an analysis of the development of the Chinese fashion industry as well as an analysis of the relationship between dress, gender, identity and consumption in contemporary China. As such it will be welcomed by all students of fashion and textiles. Buy the book Chinese Fashion: From Mao to Now at Amazon View the full article
  4. Zerui Lee, a furniture designer from Shanghai, has recently released his ‘Seal Script’ Furniture series based upon traditional Chinese characters used on Chinese wax seals but with more contemporary wood and design (away from the dark red woods of traditional Chinese furniture). Via EIGHTSIX.co View the full article
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    Mingnimum Chair

    yeah, he is very inspiring and passionate.
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    Mingnimum Chair

    Ming Chair is one of the most significant art and craft achievement in Ming dynasty. Ming Chair was originally a indoor chair for lobby and living room but I wanted to make this Contemporary Ming Chair as a outdoor chair. The Mingnium chair is make of stainless steel. Its overall design is an even more simplified geometry than the original Ming Chair. I still keep the main characteristic of the curve arm but with a slight modification to extend a pair of upward handles for easy getting up. The handles are also hooks for hanging your bags or purses when enjoying the sunshine and a cup of coffee outdoor. Designed by Carl Liu View the full article
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    Frugal Healing

    “All very impressive. But Chinese firms are not going to take over the medical-technology market just yet. They are good at making relatively simple devices and strong in non-invasive fields such as imaging, but they have yet to penetrate risky and sophisticated markets such as those for implanted defibrillators” Read the article at The Economist View the full article
  8. Unique furniture designer, Li Naihan, first appeared on Design China in October 2011 with her Crates series. Design China caught up with her this month to find out what she has been concocting more recently. Read the interview at Design China View the full article
  9. The snack-bar style shop is located on the commercial level of a recently opened metro line station right under the new business district in Suzhou. It caters the local consumers looking for a new experience and trust in high-end traditional chinese pastries. The space presents itself both as a boutique shop and a snack bar; a band of strips wraps both walls and roof to glorify products in the center of the space. On the display side, the strips are extruded creating surfaces to become shelves and as they reach the ground furniture pieces complement the gesture with the complexity and elegance characteristic of eastern modern taste. The designer has also embraced on branding and packaging design in a way to integrate spatial ideas with product presentation, the graphics show a play between traditional patterns and free form shapes similar to those proposed on the shop fittings. The logo is based on traditional window patterns, the characters苏怡 use western typos, and the letters SUYI use chinese strokes, delivering the idea of fusion within the brand. Architect: Vincent Gu Photos: Leo Qing Text: Gabriel Gonzalez Graphic Design: Mingyan Li Designed by Vincent Gu from SlowStudio View the full article
  10. This book documents the rise (and rise) of fashion design in China. Told through the stories of three generations of designers: those born in the 20s and 30s, who were active before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949; those born in the 1950s and 60s, when fashion in China was isolated from the rest of the world and the wearing of “Mao suits” became obligatory; and those born in the 1970s and later, who are now attempting to integrate China in to the global fashion industry, not only as producers of clothing but as designers and marketers as well. Chinese fashion in the past half-century is a fascinating case study, given that the country began in penury, isolation, and political correctness, went through a phase of militant anti-fashion ideology, and is now rapidly developing internationally-minded, and eager to challenge the world in all fields of endeavour. Written by an insider, this book provides a fascinating survey based on the personal, professional and creative experiences of the most influential Chinese fashion designers. As such it will be welcomed by all students of contemporary fashion and design. Buy the book China Fashion: Conversations with Designers at Amazon View the full article
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    Heritage Boutique Hotel

    Zhouzhuang Blossom Hill Boutique Hotel is located in Zhouzhuang, the water town of Southern China positioned 1.5 hours away from Shanghai. This ancient town, known as the “Venice of the Orient,” has a history of more than 900 years and still retains the style and pattern of its ancient village. It is noted for its profound cultural background, the well-preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant views of the waterside and its colorful local traditions and customs. This hotel is a renovation of three old separate Ming Dynasty-style buildings. During the 19th century the three sons of Dai built the buildings that, at the time, served as living places, as well as a space to conduct business. After many years, these buildings were divided into four parts before the renovation: a Museum, a Tea House, a Guesthouse and an abandoned structure. Dariel Studio has reconstructed and transformed them into a 20-suite heritage hotel. The renovation aims to restore the initial spatial unity of the building, while also to preserve the architectural heritage. In order to apply the feeling of history and Chinese culture, designer Thomas Dariel created the ”one sensory travel through the seasons” concept for this boutique hotel. The inspiration comes from the 24 seasons from the Chinese traditional solar calendar. In ancient China, the solar year is divided into 24 terms according to Chinese traditional farming habits, with each term corresponding to the Sun’s particular position,. First, the rooms are divided into four seasonal areas and are displayed according to their sun exposure and natural light intensity during the day. Thus, these rooms symbolize the seasons Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. From light yellow or bright orange, to deep purple, the subtle choice of colors represents the atmosphere and characteristics of each season. Each room is named after a flower based on a different season, such as Blossom, Lotus, Sweet Olive and Cymbidium. Design company: Dariel Studio Designer: Thomas DARIEL Project manager: Hata CHEN Location: Zhouzhuang – China Surface: 2500 m2 Completion date: May 2012 Designed by Thomas Dariel from Dariel Studio View the full article
  12. “Originality is not just limited to mature auto manufacturers, two Chinese manufacturers in particular, Chery and BYD showed tremendous amounts of originality that was worthy of world auto manufacturers, these two companies seem to be singlehandedly giving consumers greater confidence in Chinese automotive products” Read the article at China Car Times View the full article
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    Blanc 5 Infinity Spa

    Blanc 5 is a portable overflow spa designed with elegance and simplicity intended for private use, and addressed to the Chinese luxury market. It combines the advantages of a portable hot tub and the incomparable charm of an overflow spa. It is made of gel coat reinforced by a composite and vacuum moulding according to techniques specific to the yacht industry. Its timeless and contemporary design is inspired by modern architecture and marine technology. The sleek ergonomics of the seats frees movement and allows an unrestricted choice of placement and massage. Aboveground and fitted with its zinc skirting, the Blanc5 is modest and elegant. Half buried in-ground by a swimming pool it has a very discreet appearance. The continuous overflow creates an impressive mirror effect and opens the field of view of the bather who can fully appreciate the panorama. Designed by Hong Kong based designer R. Venchiarutti View the full article
  14. Richemont-owned luxury brand Shanghai Tang has been busy at work over the past year teaming up with designers, artists and international brands, creating limited edition items for Moleskine and Nespresso, collaborating with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, and holding an exhibition of the Chinese contemporary artist Huang Rui. For its latest exclusive partnership, Shanghai Tang menswear designer Armele Barbier partnered with Colossi Cycling’s Jan Kole on a special fixed-gear bicycle. With a thoroughly modern and lightweight design that echoes yet updates the iconic Flying Pigeon-style Chinese black cycle so ubiquitous in cities like Beijing from the 1950s-1990s, Shanghai Tang’s fixie is available in two of the brand’s trademark colorways, fuchsia and orange. But, as always, style doesn’t come cheap: prices range from HK$9,800 (US$1,263) for fuchsia to HK$10,800 (US$1,392) for orange. The Shanghai Tang fixie is available exclusively at the new Shanghai Tang Mansion on Duddell Street in Hong Kong. For additional information, contact customerservice@shanghaitang.com. Shanghai Tang Mansion 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong 香港中環都爹利街一號 Map Via Jing Daily View the full article
  15. The People’s Republic of China is currently the largest market for architectural services in the world, and its cities—sites of the greatest economic migration in modern history—are rapidly being transformed into rival centers for global trade and commerce. On the Edge: Ten Architects from China is an unprecedented critical anthology on new architecture in China, the first book of its kind devoted to the development and maturation of an indigenous approach to modern architecture and urbanism in China. Focusing on the work of ten young design firms based in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, On the Edge documents the rise of a new aesthetic, the evolution of contemporary architectural practice, and the irresistible, global aspirations of an emerging avant-garde.Included in the book are completed buildings, proposed projects, and urban master plans by Gary Chang of Edge HK, Rocco Yim, Zi and Ming Zhang of Original Design Studio, Li Hu of Open Architecture Studio, Ai We Wei, Qingyun Ma of MADA, Jiakun Liu, and Yung Ho Chang, who is the present dean of the Architecture School at MIT About the Author Ian Luna is the author and editor of four books on architecture, urbanism, and design for Rizzoli: Kohn Pederson Fox: Architecture and Urbanism, Volume 3; New New York: Architecture of a City; Imagining Ground Zero (with Suzanne Stephens and Ron Broadhurst); and Retail: Architecture and Shopping. Buy the book On the Edge Ten Architects from China at Amazon View the full article
  16. “China, for most of us in the West, is where things are manufactured, and here on the other side of the Pacific is where those things get bought. That organization of the world is a way to make sense of the big changes we see: America’s deindustrialization, the rise of our tech and service sectors, and China’s growing appetite for energy and resources. It is also a comfortable place to be: If you’re the world’s top consumer, then everyone else is worried about providing the things you want.” Read the article at The Boston Globe View the full article
  17. The design concept for this case is benefited from the regional culture of the design unit and a marketing strategy of Party A, namely the oriental ideas and culture. Such two-way culture/region relationship determines the atmosphere of the hall space of the Apartment Building: 1. a derivative from the oriental philosophy and culture. 2. Modern interpretation over its regional characteristic, namely the fully embody over mountains and the sea. 3. Primitive sincerity of worshiping the space, which creates a space triggering your feeling of sincerity. Project Name: Tianxi Oriental Club Designer: Feng Yu Design Company: Deve Build Design Project Location: Huizhou, China Completion Time: 2010,09 Developer: Huizhou Jinrunlong Real Estate Co., Ltd Main Materials: oak timber, self-leveling cement, mixed cement Designed by Feng Yu View the full article
  18. What kind of attributes or gadgets are creating our image and identity? A pen? watch? black collar shirt? Spectacles? Spectacles became an attribute of certain human characteristics. They are an inseparable attribute of professions such as lawyres or architects. Frames are more than just a piece of plastic or wood. In many cases spectactles are a statement: "I`m a professional in what I`m doing and you can trust me" In many cases a true identity or expression of their "user" is lost or hidden. Why for instance someone is wearing black, geometrically boring frames while designing morphic buildings or chairs ? Wouldn`t morphic and nature inspired spectacles fit much better? Or would it be too much? Young Designers` Society invites students and young professionals from architecture,art and design related fields to participate in our summer competition for the contemporary eyewear. We encourage you to re-study history and re-think existing eyewear and develop your unique proposal. What are the stereotypes and how can we change them? What are the new directions in eyewear design? Simple or technologically advanced ? Futuristic shape or retro style? Eco or high-tech materials? Extremely personalized piece of art or usable object for the masses? Study the subject and set off for the exciting design journey where the only limitation is your imagination ! PRIZES: 1st prize: Hanvon SenTip 1201WD LCD pro graphic tablet 2nd prize: a pair of Panda eyewear 3rd prize: `Boogie city lapp` felt bag 10 honorable mentions Publication: publicity on Young Designers` Society website publicity in the album of best entries with the winning entry on the cover worldwide publicity of the selected projects on our collaborators’ websites & blogs SCHEDULE and FEES: START OF THE COMPETITION: 19/06/2012 ANSWERING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 31/07/2012 SPECIAL REGISTRATION: 07/07/2012 = 30 USD EARLY REGISTRATION: 08/08/2012 = 40 USD LATE REGISTRATION: 31/08/2012 = 50 USD PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 01/09/2012 JURY EVALUATION: 02/09/2012 - 16/09/2012 WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: 17/09/2012 JURY: Vidal Erkohen, eyewear designer Ran Merkazy, industrial product designer Further information: www.ydsociety.org Ranged Event From: 25 Jun 2012 To: 01 Sep 2012 View the full article
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    What kind of attributes or gadgets are creating our image and identity? A pen? watch? black collar shirt? Spectacles? Spectacles became an attribute of certain human characteristics. They are an inseparable attribute of professions such as lawyres or architects. Frames are more than just a piece of plastic or wood. In many cases spectactles are a statement: "I`m a professional in what I`m doing and you can trust me" In many cases a true identity or expression of their "user" is lost or hidden. Why for instance someone is wearing black, geometrically boring frames while designing morphic buildings or chairs ? Wouldn`t morphic and nature inspired spectacles fit much better? Or would it be too much? Young Designers` Society invites students and young professionals from architecture,art and design related fields to participate in our summer competition for the contemporary eyewear. We encourage you to re-study history and re-think existing eyewear and develop your unique proposal. What are the stereotypes and how can we change them? What are the new directions in eyewear design? Simple or technologically advanced ? Futuristic shape or retro style? Eco or high-tech materials? Extremely personalized piece of art or usable object for the masses? Study the subject and set off for the exciting design journey where the only limitation is your imagination ! PRIZES: 1st prize: Hanvon SenTip 1201WD LCD pro graphic tablet 2nd prize: a pair of Panda eyewear 3rd prize: `Boogie city lapp` felt bag 10 honorable mentions Publication: publicity on Young Designers` Society website publicity in the album of best entries with the winning entry on the cover worldwide publicity of the selected projects on our collaborators’ websites & blogs SCHEDULE and FEES: START OF THE COMPETITION: 19/06/2012 ANSWERING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 31/07/2012 SPECIAL REGISTRATION: 07/07/2012 = 30 USD EARLY REGISTRATION: 08/08/2012 = 40 USD LATE REGISTRATION: 31/08/2012 = 50 USD PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 01/09/2012 JURY EVALUATION: 02/09/2012 - 16/09/2012 WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: 17/09/2012 JURY: Vidal Erkohen, eyewear designer Ran Merkazy, industrial product designer Further information: www.ydsociety.org
  20. Dear Shanghai Designers- We’re reaching out to you to invite you to be a part of a select group of Chinese designers representing *Designed by China–The New Made in China* to the US market.** At Shenma, the question we’ve always asked ourselves is: why are there so few recognizable Chinese designers in the international markets? January 2012, we decided to do something about it. Our company, Shenma, is a US-Chinese joint venture bringing *Chinese designers in the category of Affordable Luxury *to the US markets. We’re starting with a short video showcasing the best of China Design, and we’ll be filming from 7/1-7/12. We would love to interview you or show your designs, studio, team, or storefront. Please email us at shenma001@gmail.com if interested in having a conversation about design, products, fashion, China/US market, whatever your heart desires because we would love to get to know you! *About us: *Shenma is composed of a team of US & Chinese marketing and ecommerce entrepreneurs, with a special love and passion for design. Shenma001.com showcases the best of affordable Chinese design, and our ecommerce platform launches in the US October 2012 to shift international consumer perception from “Made in China” (cheap) to “The New Made in China” (affordable luxury). We’re excited for you to join us as we transform the way the world thinks of “Made in China”. With admiration and appreciation, The Shenma Team View the full article
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    Architecture In China

    Great Leap Forward: Contemporary Architecture in China The past five years have seen a revolution in Chinese architecture?the emergence of independent designers, and a number of new stars?and above all new and interesting buildings that are not the product of direct Western influence. These developments have laid the groundwork for an indigenous modernity that differentiates itself from outside schools as well as eschewing the temptation to put a “Chinese-style” roof on ordinary office blocks. The fact that Beijing has been chosen to host the 2008 Summer Olympic Games has been more than a catalyst for the development of high-quality contemporary architecture in China. Major foreign firms like OMA/Rem Koolhaas or Herzog & de Meuron are participating in the design of buildings that will have functions during the Games, but Chinese architects, too, have been mobilized in this massive effort to prepare the country for an unprecedented level of world-wide attention. Buy the book Architecture in China at Amazon View the full article
  22. I am super excited about this incredibly awesome new product from Wacom: http://inkling.wacom.eu/pages/Inkling-en.html I'm going to get one as soon as possible.
  23. To better implement the strategic plan of “Promoting Chinese culture and Building a common spiritual home for China” proposed at the Party’s Sixth Plenary Session of the Seventeenth Central Committee, the “Chinese Creative” Product Design Contest will be held during April–September in 2012, organized jointly by the Organizing Committee for West China Cultural Industries Expo and the Shaanxi Chinese Culture Promotion Society, sponsored by the Shaanxi Culture Industry Investment Holding Group Co., Ltd. The Contest aims to attract those professionals who love Chinese culture and have certain genius in fields of design and creativity, and students from professional design institutions, to jointly explore the unique charm of the combination of tradition and fashion in modern life. “Inheriting Fine Culture, Building Creative Life.” The Organizing Committee for this Contest is striving to find creative talents and outstanding design works, realize the market value of outstanding creative works and provide creative talents with the opportunity to display their genius and make their dreams come true, through competition. Contest Theme Inheriting Fine Culture • Building Creative Life Contest Duration Time for Calling for Entries: April 19th – July 31st, 2012 Time for Entries Selection: August 15th – 31st, 2012 Date for Award Ceremony: September 9th, 2012 Visit the official site for more information View the full article
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    Design Factories

    “By working with Chinese designers and companies, but utilizing Western design techniques developed over the US and EU’s extended history as modern service economies, foreign industrial design SMEs are helping speed China along the path.” Read the article at China Daily View the full article
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    Vanke Triple V Gallery

    From Ministry of Design via contemporist, a Singapore and Beijing based studio, this project in Tianjin has three primary functions; a lounge space, a gallery and a tourist information centre. As an iconic building for promoting tourism it stands out, but how it works in practice would be interesting to find out. The relationship with its outside spaces seems poorly thought out too, confirming its ‘iconic’ desires – looks good in photos though! Via EIGHTSIX View the full article
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