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    Lun Lighting

    The goal with this lighting design was to reintroduce and to hopefully help the audience gain a different point of view about Chinese culture and design. My theme was the idea of “purity” – the materials used to make the light are transparent, and when lit up the light illuminates the outline of the shape without any unnecessary decorations or details. To an average American, their familiarity with Chinese products are the mass-produced souvenirs you can find in Chinatown. No one would buy it to decorate their house with seriously, even though the original designs that these cheap imitations are copied from are actually beautifully designed. With my light, I looked to preserve the purity of the traditional design, but with a contemporary twist so that it can be incorporated into a modern day living space. Photography by Greg Kirkpatrick Designed by Mike Chen & James Park View the full article
  2. “Why are there so few fashion designers from mainland China on the global circuit? One oft-touted theory suggests that status symbols trump sartorial savvy in China’s newly-minted, logo-saturated luxury retail landscape. Consumers tend towards flash and trend rather than originality or a passion for fashion. Whether that is true or not, there’s no mistaking that China’s market structure makes it difficult for their homegrown designers. It can be challenging enough to cultivate a domestic market in a pirating-friendly economy and a climate that favors consignment. An international debut can often appear even further out of reach.” Read the article at The Genteel View the full article
  3. On Saturday, May 5th, The Ice Cream Truck and Wharf 1846 reunite to present the second installment of Shanghai’s Design, Art & Fashion Fair. DAFF is a biannual community event giving China’s rising creative talent a platform to interact, share ideas, and promote new projects while connecting with and inspiring the public at large. At the first DAFF in September 2011, brands and artists from a wide range of disciplines met with an enthusiastic response from media, their peers, and the general public. More than 1500 fairgoers came out to support their creative community. Returning to the beautiful Wharf 1846 south bund promenade, the second DAFF will feature more pop-up shops from hot local and international brands, more delicious food and drinks, more music from Shanghai’s freshest DJs, more live art and an expanded fashion show. New for 2012 is a night market; as the sun goes down and the Pudong skyline lights up, so will DAFF. At the conclusion of the fashion show, music will come to the fore as vendors, bars, and live art installations shine on till midnight in a festive party atmosphere. TICT is now accepting vendor and sponsorship applications for creative brands and artists that would like to be part of this landmark event. For inquires and applications: info@tictcreative.com Visit the official site to learn more View the full article
  4. I would make the corners less sharp and put the prototype in the real bathroom environment near the sink to see how it fits with the rest
  5. The society we live in is changing, shouldn’t the interactive side of these daily objects change with us? Perhaps the function of the objects stay, but it is the process of how we interact with them that must change. Should there be different chairs designed for people with different sitting habits? Do you sit on all four legs or just two? Do you continuously shake your leg? Or do you like to sit with your back facing the public? This series of chairs illustrates each of these stories. Will these chairs become props that normalize the unwelcomed habits? Or will they act as therapy to “cure” one’s syndromes? Designed by Alice Wang View the full article
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    Magic And Fun

    Sian Zeng’s 2012 interiors collection is all about evoking a sense of magic and fun within kids and kidadults alike. Keeping this concept in our minds we created a magnetic woodlands wallpaper that allows users to create their own stories on the wall by moving a cast of magnetic characters and buildings on the wallpaper and write on the speech bubbles. If you love the wallpaper pattern of our Magnetic woodlands wallpaper, it is also available to purchase as normal wallpaper in 10m rolls with 52cm width. This magical woodlands wallpaper in toile style was printed in England with eco friendly inks on paper from sustainable forests. Designed by Sian Zeng View the full article
  7. ‘Chinese Designers in Holland‘ is a platform to showcase Chinese designers in the Netherlands, to promote Chinese creativity in the Netherlands and to foster mutual cooperation and collaboration between Dutch and Chinese Creative industries. Visit the site HERE View the full article
  8. It’s been a while but finally we have another Pecha Kucha Night coming up on the 25th of April: During the Dutch Week Shanghai Pecha Kucha Night #18 will take place at the large new event space on the top floor of the Dutch Design Workspace! Do you want to present and get you 6 minutes and 40 seconds in the spotlight? Just let us know by sending an email to info@dutchdesignworkspace.com Get inspired by thinkers, architects, designers, photographers, artists and anybody else with an adventure to share. The evening does not have a particular theme, just mix to the max, as long as you have a inspiring story to tell and 20 cool images to show you can be on the stage! Make sure you also check out Dutch Week Shanghai hosted by the Dutch Consulate General Shanghai. A week filled with a lot of other interesting events around sustainability, food and creative industry and an exciting mix of Dutch entrepreneurs and creative minds attending. Final program of this week will be launched first week of March, stay tuned for more info. Be there or be square. Look forward to see you all again! Visit the official site of Pecha Kucha View the full article
  9. The application period for the 10th MATERIALICA Design + Technology Award,which has been granted each year in Munich since 2003 in parallel with theinternational specialist trade fair MATERIALICA - Lightweight Design for NewMobility - has started. The MATERIALICA Design + Technology Award hasmeanwhile become one of the most important and recognized awards forinnovations in the field of intelligent material development anddesign-oriented material applications. The top-notch specialist jury willevaluate submissions from the material, surface & technology, product andCO2 efficiency categories and will grant winners the coveted best-of, goldand silver ratings.And, exhibitors of the trade fair MATERIALICA 2012 are exempt from theapplication fee of EUR 190/290.Download conditions of participation and application formMATERIALICA Award 2012:http://wengmann-ratt...Application.pdfhttp://wengmann-ratt..._conditions.pdfTip: Apply by May 31, 2012 and benefit from the early bird offer!Competition entry can be shipped by July, 16, 2012.Student Award: In addition, a sponsorship award will be granted in thestudent category that comes with prize money of EUR 1,500.Download conditions of participation and application formStudent Award 2012:http://wengmann-ratt...application.pdfhttp://wengmann-ratt..._conditions.pdfFurther information: www.materialicadesign.deDo you have further questions on the award or require information aboutyour participation? Do not hesitate to call us, we will gladly assist you.Kind regards,MATERIALICA Design + Technology Award-Team MATERIALICA Design + Technology Awardc/o Wengmann + Rattan GbRContact person: Kirsten WengmannTelefon +49(0)89-76773824award@wengmann-rattan.dewww.materialicadesign.deRanged EventFrom: 22 Apr 2012To: 31 May 2012 View the full article
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    The application period for the 10th MATERIALICA Design + Technology Award, which has been granted each year in Munich since 2003 in parallel with the international specialist trade fair MATERIALICA - Lightweight Design for New Mobility - has started. The MATERIALICA Design + Technology Award has meanwhile become one of the most important and recognized awards for innovations in the field of intelligent material development and design-oriented material applications. The top-notch specialist jury will evaluate submissions from the material, surface & technology, product and CO2 efficiency categories and will grant winners the coveted best-of, gold and silver ratings. And, exhibitors of the trade fair MATERIALICA 2012 are exempt from the application fee of EUR 190/290. Download conditions of participation and application form MATERIALICA Award 2012: http://wengmann-rattan.de/download/Eng_MAT_12_Application.pdf http://wengmann-rattan.de/download/Eng_MAT_12_conditions.pdf Tip: Apply by May 31, 2012 and benefit from the early bird offer! Competition entry can be shipped by July, 16, 2012. Student Award: In addition, a sponsorship award will be granted in the student category that comes with prize money of EUR 1,500. Download conditions of participation and application form Student Award 2012: http://wengmann-rattan.de/download/EngSt_MAT_12_application.pdf http://wengmann-rattan.de/download/EngSt_MAT_12_conditions.pdf Further information: www.materialicadesign.de Do you have further questions on the award or require information about your participation? Do not hesitate to call us, we will gladly assist you. Kind regards, MATERIALICA Design + Technology Award-Team MATERIALICA Design + Technology Award c/o Wengmann + Rattan GbR Contact person: Kirsten Wengmann Telefon +49(0)89-76773824 award@wengmann-rattan.de www.materialicadesign.de
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    Chess Set For The Blind-Inspired

    Figure out how other products for blind people are advertised or distributed?
  12. “China, the second-largest economy in the world, is considered home to the world’s factories, manufacturing everything from zippers to photovoltaic cells. With its population of over 1.3 billion and still a booming economy, consumption has been on the rise, leading to a new class of super consumers bred on instant gratification and constant connectivity.” China: Creators and Consumers of the Future View more presentations from frog Read the article at Design Mind View the full article
  13. The concept of the chair comes from chinese philosophy “Wai-Yuan-Nei-Fang”~ a square surrounded with a circle.In between these two elements, it generates a left-over which brings out the character of chinese furniture and at the same time creates a conversation of tradition and modern. Due to the specialty of the form and structure, the user needs to be aware of their posture when sitting. Different from the idea of comfort, the chair talks more about what is emphasized in traditional chinese furniture :”the manner of sitting”. Designed by Studio KDSZ View the full article
  14. Loveramics’ winning design is canister and tea set collection, Range. Made of porcelain offering colorful choices for your kitchen, this collection is designed by a Hong Kong creative team, What’s That Product Development. The anti-slip and removable silicone ring covers the foot and connects each item together allowing you flexible usage. Its airtight design maintains the freshness and crispness of food within a longer period. Each item is designed in the same diameter offering stackable solution. You can build your own storage management easily, saving a lot of space and keeping your countertops neat. The silicone ring could also be detached easily and washed separately in the dishwasher. Stacked mugs to the teapot top with the clever tea set, you can carry it all in one hand. David Leung & Mo Mou @ What’s That Product Development What’s That was founded in 2004 by David Leung and Mo Mou. The goal is to strike a balance between the interpretation of the designer’s subjective aesthetic experience and the objective market demands, and to have the product appeal to all. What’s That designs were awarded in numerous international & local design competitions in recent years including iF Design Award China 2005 & 2006, HKDA 07 Awards, Red dot design award (Communication Design) 2009 and more. At LOVERAMICS, we are striving to extend our innovative ideas on developing ceramic tableware. The name was derived from “I love ceramics”. To us, good design comprises aesthetic craftsmanship with colors, practical usage on catering different cuisines as well as space saving for urban living. The mother company, Lynns Concepts was founded in 1963. In this 49-year of history, she helped sketched the blueprint of international trading of today. Over the years, she has been developing products for millions, focusing on innovative ideas that keep pace with the trend of the world. LOVERAMICS is its latest brand addition of the already big family. As much as having a very unique identity, the tradition within the company is carried on. Our sales channels spread from Asia to Europe and the US. We developed branch offices and warehouses in London (UK), Los Angeles (US), New York (US) and Shenzhen (China) as a distribution center with sales networks spread to more than 100 cities worldwide. The first LOVERAMICS Store opened in 2009. We run the store in multi-brands from world’s top designers to offer you solutions for home. Visit the official site of Loveramics View the full article
  15. With the history of over two decades, Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, known also as Auto China, has been successfully organized for eleven consecutive sessions. Auto China, organized every two years, has been globally recognized as the one of the most important auto shows in the world. Thanks to the huge automobile consumer markets in China and rapid growth of Chinese auto industry, Beijing International Automotive Exhibition has improved gradually in terms of internationalization, quality of exhibits, and expanded its influence in the global auto industry. Thus, Auto China catches great attentions of the global auto industry, media and all social sectors. All of the well-known global auto companies have ranked Auto China as one of the most important A-class auto shows worldwide. Meanwhile, Auto China is the ideal platform for domestic auto companies to show their home-grown innovations and native brands. In the past two decades, the organizing committee of Auto China has persisted in the concept of fine exhibits, completed line of brands, and internationalization, as well as devoted itself to build up a great platform to express corporate images of both Chinese and foreign auto companies, to promote brands, and to make better communication and exchange of information. With the recovery of global auto industry, 2012 (the 12th) Beijing International Automotive Exhibition is fully confident to further help communication and cooperation of domestic and foreign auto industries, as well as to contribute to the revitalization and development of global auto industry. Visit the official site to learn more View the full article
  16. Xuan paper(Rice paper):It is also been called rice paper,but it is very different.It has long history in china and has high artistic value itself.It is used in Chinese painting and Chinese Calligraphy. It is very soft and has a good water absorption property. Lamp’s mounting forming method is the traditional techniques-superposition and sticking which can make the traditional rice paper become very strong and resilient, so there is no skeleton inside the lampshade which can produce wonderful effect.Rice paper lamp has a lot of different styles and colors,the texture and methods of forming have also a lot of differences. Visit the personal site of Xin YaoYao View the full article
  17. In Taiwan, plastic stools are very popular, seen on streets, alleys, and by street food stalls or ban dou (traditional Taiwanese outdoor banquet, seen at weddings or celebrations). Plastic chairs and stools have been present for a very long time, yet interestingly nobody knows about the designer or inventor of plastic stools, but it’s cheap price, simple structure and fast production has enabled its popularity, so popular that it has turned into a “classic” design that nobody has every really noticed. Similarly, loop chair is another classic of traditional Chinese furniture, its elegant and reliable structure represents a certain social status and position. The naming of Plastic Classic, is aiming to redefine the design of such unknown “classical” cheap plastic stool; combining mass-produced cheap stool with a contradicting traditional loop chair of elegant structure and expensive imagery, hence creating a new classic; a strong contrast is made due to differing history and background, as well as the cheap and expensive expression that people already had in mind, Plastic Classic is a chair that has two personalities in one body. Pili Wu (b. 1986) is a graduate student of the Industrial Design Department of Shih-Chien University (Taiwan). In 2008 he founded the “PiliWu-Design”, which focuses mainly on furniture design. Pili has participated in various Taiwanese and international creative projects. His work reflects the visual and sensual experience of my life in Taiwan. Visit the personal site of Pili Wu View the full article
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    Cycle Hangers

    We appreciate if you could post the images here, instead posting links. Anyways, very nice ad-hoc designs!
  19. “China hasn’t yet experienced a true innovation revolution. It will need time to evolve from a country of incremental innovation based on technology transfers to one where breakthrough innovation is common. The government will play a powerful role in that process, but ultimately it will be the actions of domestic companies and multinationals that dictate the pace of change—and determine who leads it.” Read the article at McKinsey Quarterly View the full article
  20. After the success of last year’s Beijing Design Week, China’s most important design festival will land in Milan this April, for the annual Milan Design Week, generally known as Salone del Mobile. Bringing a series of events and projects to Italy, Beijing Design Week aims to confirm Beijing’s role as main interpreter of the latest Chinese creative trends, as well as to further enhance the cultural and commercial exchanges with Italy and Italian design. Beijing’s presence at the Salone will act as preamble to an even major cooperation between the cities of Milan and Beijing, set to take place during the 2012 edition of Beijing Design Week, when Milan will bring its creativity to China’s capital as the protagonist of the festival’s Guest City program. The collaboration has been launched after an extended dialogue between the City of Milan and the City of Beijing, and announced at a press conference held last February by Stefano Boeri, Councilor for Culture, Design, and Fashion for the Municipality of Milan. The projects that Beijing will bring to Milan set the goal to show the diverse and up-and-coming scene of Chinese design to the world through different perspectives, from the creative approach of a contemporary design exhibition, to a more business-oriented platform in the form of a B2B Forum, passing through research and education programs. After the success of last year’s Beijing Design Week, China’s most important design festival will land in Milan this April, for the annual Milan Design Week, generally known as Salone del Mobile. Bringing a series of events and projects to Italy, Beijing Design Week aims to confirm Beijing’s role as main interpreter of the latest Chinese creative trends, as well as to further enhance the cultural and commercial exchanges with Italy and Italian design. Beijing’s presence at the Salone will act as preamble to an even major cooperation between the cities of Milan and Beijing, set to take place during the 2012 edition of Beijing Design Week, when Milan will bring its creativity to China’s capital as the protagonist of the festival’s Guest City program. The collaboration has been launched after an extended dialogue between the City of Milan and the City of Beijing, and announced at a press conference held last February by Stefano Boeri, Councilor for Culture, Design, and Fashion for the Municipality of Milan. The projects that Beijing will bring to Milan set the goal to show the diverse and up-and-coming scene of Chinese design to the world through different perspectives, from the creative approach of a contemporary design exhibition, to a more business-oriented platform in the form of a B2B Forum, passing through research and education programs. Read the official announcement at Beijing Design Week View the full article
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    Church Of Seed

    Church of Seed is located at Luofu Mountain Scenery District – one of the seven famous Taoist Mountains in China. Although there are various kinds of Taoist and Buddhist temples in this district, western religious element has not yet been found. Besides developing private houses, the client in this project intends to develop a small church for the surrounding village people in order to widen the spectrum of religious culture. This church provides not only worship and meditation space for Christians, but also recreational and gathering places for the surrounding village people. Instead of promoting Christian religion actively and aggressively, the message of religion is communicated subtly through the play of light and shadow in this architecture. Situated within the beautiful landscape of Luofu Mountain, Church of Seed has an area of 280m2 and can accommodate 60 people. The design concept is triggered by the form of a seed – a famous metaphorical element in the Gospel stories. A curve line follows the outline of a seed and marks the enclosing wall element. The curve is then split into three parts, and three entries are formed at where the curve wall splits: the south east facing wall has a cross shape opening which introduces morning sun into the interior; the west facing wall is solid and blocking the afternoon sun; the north facing wall is thicken to accommodate toilet facility. The stepping roof terrace allows diffuse northern daylight into the interior and provides a dramatic headroom increment (3 – 12 meters) from the main entrance towards the worshiping space. Visitors can walk up to the stepping roof terrace, arrive at the observation deck and enjoy the distant view of mountain and water. Church of Seed has a raw, natural and non-decorative material language. The main structure is constructed by in-situ concrete with bamboo formworks. In-situ concrete construction is economically sound and practical for local builders. The bamboo texture left on the concrete surface reduces the massiveness of concrete wall and harmonizes with the surrounding trees and green landscape. Plus the transparent windows and doors, and the handmade bamboo furniture by local farmers, the presence of the church is humble and close to village life. Although a seed is the starting point of this design, the church does not intend to literally illustrate its image. The abstract form and space of the church is conveyed through the play of light, shadow, material and texture. This is not a piece of architecture which purely celebrates its sculptural form, but a building which respects the natural environment and local culture. Designed by O Studio Architects View the full article
  22. The Designer’s Corner takes place every two Saturdays at Jiashan Market and hosts a variety of local designers and businesses including -the hat lab-, Shanghai Naturals, Cukimber, Ankyra Home, Lifestyle, and other assorted clothing, body care, accessories, as well as stuff for kids and tasty treats courtesy of Amelia’s Jams, Strictly Cookies and Thelmz. Address: Jiashan Road, Lane 259 No. 37 10am/ 11am – 3pm/ 4pm Visit the official announcement HERE View the full article
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    Jia Inc. Home Objects

    JIA in Chinese means home. Chinese character for 家 (Home. pronouncing as jia) is a roof on the top of a pig, lovable animal in Chinese culture, inside, symbolizing good food and good wealth inside the house. The structure of the word 家 describes the core passion of Home, food in the center and time shared among meals. And this is where JIA Inc. starts from. We are from Chinese culture and from the passion for home. Starting from Chinese culture, JIA Inc. invites international designers with various cultural backgrounds to explore and re-interpret Chinese object culture, traditional craftsmanship and materials to create a new direction in the modern home ware market. Through discussion and debate sparked by different points of views, JIA Inc. challenges itself to overcome manufacturing obstacles and to be true to unique design ideas and develop products that reach across boundaries, explores the borderlines, stereotypes, prejudices and encourages differences with meaning. While based on Chinese culture, JIA welcomes discussion and different points of views. JIA projects are often created through the combination of this dialogue and with the identification of objects that are relevant to both the Asian and Western dining table. JIA believes that home objects should not be defined by living spaces but instead should fit many different modern lifestyles and environments: a casserole in the kitchen is also a focal point in the dining room during gatherings at home and a lovely bowl has as much reason to create a scene on your balcony as it has on the breakfast table. JIA Inc continuously attempts to strike a balance between the old and the new and aims to re-interpret traditional Chinese materials and craftsmanship through modern design typologies and creative thinking. Visit the official site of JIA Inc. View the full article
  24. Those who love Shanghai, should not only because of the neon lights and skyscrapers; Shanghai, it offers a cradle for young dreamers to burgeon, the best place ever in China. We believe every soul has or had a dream, in rich, in poor, but the dream is equal, if you would strive for it. This city welcomes this kind of bravos, while these bravos are contributing to the city inversely. Shanghai Fashion Week, is one of these dreaming stages here, we can see them take off right from here, and we’re always prepared to receive new bloods. What will happen in 2012 A/W, let’s wait and see! Date: 2012-04-11 13:00 Locations: Taiping Park at Xintiandi, Shanghai;800SHOW, No.800 Changde Rd., Shanghai Visit the official site to learn more View the full article
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    Final Year Project Prototypes.

    Yeah, I remember that I was sweating a lot making MDF and clay models, using different kind of tools and getting painful hands/arms. Well, some models do require some more precise prototyping tools, like CNC. It's fast and the quality is much better of course. Anyways, in the professional world, these kind of final models are made with CNC too. But yes, every student still need to have some handcraft/prototyping skills to develop quick mockups.
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