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    Comodo Office Design

    This is a expansion project by Alain Wong of Comodo for his company’s own office space located in Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Wong calls the project Landscape in Bustling City, a fitting name for an office located in the middle of the busy city in an area that used to be lush gardens. Comodo’s earlier office was predominantly black and white, as is the new one, except for the natural wood used to create platforms, partitions and furnishings. The extensive use of unfinished raw wood board creates a nice balance of function and whimsy, and brings a sense of the outdoors inside. Natural light streams into much of the space through glass partitions. - Tuija Seipell. Via The Cool Hunter View the full article
  2. Internationally renowned product and graphic designer Freeman Lau (Lau Siu-Hong), with more than 300 awards to his name, has designed everything from posters and books to prize-winning water bottle packaging and a series of intertwining chairs and stools. He is also recognized for his work as an educator and curator, and in 2011 was a curator of the Beijing International Design Triennial. Lau’s book CMYK (2012) was just released in Hong Kong and Beijing this past December. Design China’s Zara Arshad, in an interview for Designers & Books, sat down with Freeman Lau recently to talk about reading, writing, designing, and publishing books in Hong Kong and mainland China. Read the interview at Designers & Books View the full article
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    Ascend P1 S

    Ascend P1 S is a world-class ultra-thin Android smartphone with a 4.3 in Super AMOLED LCD, TI OMAP 4460 hardware, a 1.5 GHz dual-core high-speed processor and an 8 MP BSI camera. Using the latest Android system, Huawei’s HAP 5.2 3D interactive design provides access to Huawei’s unique cloud services. Ascend P1 S is the outcome of a design philosophy focused on providing users with a comfortable experience within a reduced, ultra-thin space. The curved surface has a stylish ceramic white and PPVD pattern to enhance the appearance as a premium smartphone. With Huawei’s 3D user interface, Ascend P1 S provides a completely new user experience. Designed by Huawei View the full article
  4. Auto Shanghai 2013 (the 15th show since it began in 1985), showcases the best new cars and concepts from both domestic and foreign automakers. China’s significance as the world’s fastest growing car market is evident in the decisions by some of the industry’s top brands to debut their newest models in Shanghai. Audi, for example, have debuted their newest A3 and S3 models. Both are compact cars that offer near luxury driving experiences at a slightly more accessible price point than most of the Audi lineup. The sedan version of these cars will be produced in China. Buick, now arguably GM’s most successful brand in China, debuted 3 new sedans in New York, but saved its stunningly beautiful Riviera plug-in hybrid concept car for Shanghai. This bold, forward-looking concept car was designed by both Buick’s Shanghai GM design team as well as GM’s Pan-Asia Technical Automotive Center. Buick says the Riviera concept is inspired by the Chinese saying “the greatest good is like water,” and that the body’s sculpted shape is designed to capture the “dynamic nature of water”. Domestic automaker Chery showed off its ‘Beta’ 5 concept crossover SUV, which has styling to go head to head against the likes of the BMW X5 and Infiniti FX37. Whether it has the performance chops to also compete in driving dynamics remains to be seen. Auto Shanghai 2013 runs from April 21 through 29, at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, in Pudong. View the full article
  5. Block printing is confronted with disappearing. Because of this, our design came into being. We hope that it will capture people’s attention and modernize pattern of manifestation of Chinese traditional culture. Via Design521 View the full article
  6. Shanghai based Bundshop, e-tailer of curated Designed in China products and fashion, have recently re-launched with a slightly different, more exclusive format. As described in the Core77 article, Bundshop are now featuring a new design from China, daily. The shop is currently invitation only, and with the first 10,000 members, they plan on offering free worldwide shipping. With products as intriguing and iconic as Carl Liu’s Shanghai Breeze fan, and the Kettle Lamp by Jonas’ Designs, Bundshop is positioning itself to be the taste curator of modern Chinese design. View the full article
  7. LuxeHome is a dedicated sourcing platform for manufacturers of high-end homeware, interior décor products and classic furniture. Aimed at the local market and with over 70% of the exhibitors having production capabilities, LuxeHome represents a competitively priced, advantage-laden sourcing platform for trade buyers, agents, wholesalers, retailers and designers in China. These industry professionals come together to do business, promote products, expand domestic market, consolidate the business relations and exchange ideas in China’s trendiest cosmopolis: Shanghai… Visit the official site View the full article
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    3D Printed Cycling Glasses

    Thanks for sharing this. What printer did you use? How much did it cost you to make?
  9. Guidelines “China should become an innovative country”, “We should form an internationally competitive personnel system that is capable of firing the creativity and talent of people, and thus foster a dynamic environment in which everyone can fully tap their potential and put their talent to best use”, “To develop a strong socialist culture in China, it is critical to inspire the cultural creativity of the whole nation” and “We should promote integration of IT application and industrialization” were raised during the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. In order to change from “made in China” to “created in China”, “Xingshi-Cup” aims through innovation to bring the products, the designers and the producers together within their industry. Visit the official site of Xingshi-cup View the full article
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    E6 Golf Cart

    E6 is PALKART’s latest development of the smallest remote control folding electric golf trolley! 1. The wireless connection integrated controlling system with not internal electronic wires inside the body meet the advantage in easy maintenance. 2. Modular parts design, easy to assemble and replace. 3. Simple and quick folding system without any needs of part installation suitable for all kind of users. 4. Easy one button control, meet the needs of elderly and women user. 5. The quick front wheels stop function allows parking in steep terrain. Designed by Afour Innovation View the full article
  11. China is a place where quick money can be made: this is one of the misperceptions many brands have before coming to China. In fact, there are many crucial factors to consider first when planning a brand expansion. Some of these things to consider we have listed here. 1. Research the market to make sure that there is the required market potential and that your brand can compete against rivaling companies. In most cases, business models working fine in other markets and an existing range of products need to be altered. 2. Analyze the brand image and check whether details of the brand corporate identity and positioning need to be adjusted to the Chinese market. This could be an emphasis on certain values, or an adaptation of parts of the visual identity such as colors and materials used in the store design. 3. Be realistic about the financial investment and long term commitment that is required for a successful presence in China. Store rents, salaries, advertising and import costs are higher than many expect. Plan for the long term. 4. Choose a city for the company headquarters and first store. Both Beijing and Shanghai have their own advantages. You should look at the existing brand landscape, consumer behavior, established competitors, but also at available access to media, government institutions and business partners. In every case your decision needs to be in line with your expansion plans. Visit our blog posting on the retail potential of different Chinese cities for more information. 5. Look for store locations which both offer high foot traffic and satisfy brand requirements. Traditionally, many retail environments with a well-established, wealthy customer base were housed in rather outdated spaces affecting the image of international brands: Store designs in China could not be executed in the same way as in other locations. Modern and well-designed shopping malls however could not offer the same foot traffic. Things are slowly changing, but brands will continue to have to make a compromise. 6. Spend time in researching and planning your distribution strategy. Carefully consider working with shopping malls as opposed to department stores – each model has their own advantages and implications on setup and accounting. 7. Ensure that the brand message in advertisements and in stores is aligned. Many brands communicate a different image in print media or on their website and through their store design. Sometimes, products promoted in media are not available in the stores, and in many cases the store environment including design, merchandise and sales staff is not up to the customers’ expectations. 8. Hire a motivated team for office and stores right from the beginning to push the brand’s development, since it takes time for a new brand to create awareness and take off. 9. Make sure that you choose the right partners with experience in your market. That applies to registration and accounting companies, but also retail design practices or licensees. 10. Stay in for the long run. Keep in mind that China is a very quickly developing and dynamic market and stay updated to be ready when changes are necessary. On the other hand, due to cultural reasons and the obvious size of the market, good things take time to develop. Build a solid foundation and observe the progress. Via 5 Star Plus Retail Design View the full article
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    Meet Ada Fung

    Ada Fung is a fashion PR, working as an account manager at Karla Otto Asia. Fung is a graduate of Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion. Having studied womenwear design, Fung previously worked at Julie Verhoeven and was editorial assistant at SHOWstudio in 2004. The following year she made a transition from editorial to fashion management by assisting Camilla Lowther at Camilla Lowther Management. In 2008 Fung moved back to China to work as a bookings editor at Vogue China. Whilst in China, Fung worked on GQ China pre-publication and was a styling assistant at Max Mara’s ‘Coat!’ catwalk in Beijing. In 2009 she became fashion features editor at Modern Weekly China (for Beijing and Shanghai) before returning to London to assist Penny Martin at The Gentlewoman. During her time there, she helped produce a shoot for Fantastic Man in Beijing. Fung then started work as a contributing edtor for Hong Kong-based magazine Obscura. Since 2011 she has been at Karla Otto Asia as an account manager for Hong Kong and Bei Jing. Via SHOWStudio View the full article
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    A'postrophe Design

    A’postrophe Design, founded by Shanghai native Ivan Zhang, produces responses to traditional furniture to increase their usability. Having studied at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, he is currently studying for his masters in industrial design in Germany. His bookshelf project addresses the need of having to tilt the last book in a row to keep the books in place by designing a shelf which does this for you. Via Eightsix View the full article
  14. Product Design + Innovation 2013 brings together leading brands and top designers The third Product Design + Innovation conference, to be held at the Oval cricket ground, will explore how product design can drive economic growth. This unique two day conference, specifically for industrial designers, will host internationally renowned speakers, tackle the hottest topics and provide unrivalled networking opportunities. The brand rich line up will give delegates the ultimate insight into the latest trends, developments, opinions and the future of industrial product design, manufacture and sustainable innovation. Shared learning is the essence of the conference with sessions developed specifically to address the barriers that exist between consultancies and in-house design teams as well as other functions such as engineering and marketing. For more information regarding the event, please visit the dedicated website at http://conference.pdesigni.com/or email Ketty Rofallet at epnconferences@crain.com Ranged Event From: 15 May 2013 To: 16 May 2013 View the full article
  15. China’s Four Great Inventions—papermaking, the compass, gunpowder, and printing—were innovations from bygone eras. When looking at China’s history over the past 50 years, it’s very difficult to find a single innovation that has made a significant impact on the world. Instead, the “Chinese version of something Western” phenomenon has characterized much of China’s recent product launches. For example, there is Taobao.com, which is essentially the Chinese version of eBay. Whether China can shed its copycat reputation and become a source of global innovation has become a constant source of debate. While the country’s economy has been growing at an astonishing rate, with an increasingly sophisticated domestic market, the country’s highly centralized government and weak intellectual property system have severely hampered China’s standing as a global innovator. Read the full article at Design Mind View the full article
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    Bamboo Umbrella

    In Hangzhou, an ancient Chinese city founded 2200 years ago, umbrella is not only a tool, but a unique cultural symbol. Meanwhile, bamboo craft, which has a long history in Hangzhou, is the representative of traditional local crafts. Combining both cultural and technical traditions, the designers create an iconic umbrella, “Bamboo Words (Xizi)” as a city gift. It is important to mention that the umbrella frame develops the structure of traditional Chinese bamboo umbrella and adapts bamboo-split craft to manufacture. In future, the designers plan to develop a family of iconic umbrellas basing on the prototype of Bamboo Words (Xizi). Designed by Hangzhou Paradise Umbrella Group View the full article
  17. Shanghai Fashion Week, is a fashion event held two times every year in Shanghai, each time lasting for seven days which is a part of Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival which usually lasts for a month. Supported by the Ministry of Commerce of P.R.China, Shanghai Fashion Week is a business and cultural event hosted by the Shanghai Municipal Government. With more and more young designers and models, Shanghai Fashion Week is aiming to build up an international and professional platform, to attract top design talents from all over the world. The current organizer of Shanghai Fashion Week is Shanghai Textile Group, who is in the center of the textile and clothing network in China.In cooperation with many consulates of other countries in Shanghai, Shanghai Fashion Week also invites many international designers to come present their latest work. It’s also a venue for those designers who are targeting China. As part of Fashion week, Mode Shanghai puts on the Fashion Trade show, offering an expansive window into China’s vast geography of regions and markets, while providing a channel for export sales of international brands and China’s emerging designers. In 2013 Mode Shanghai will collaborate with ENK International, the leading fashion apparel trade show producers headquartered in New York. Mode Shanghai 2013 will be held from 12-14 March 2013. It will cover approximately 25,000 sqm at the state-of-the-art Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Pudong, Shanghai. Visit the official site of Shanghai Fashion Week View the full article
  18. Did you do any market or user research to find insights and identify opportunities? What about the existing baking products? Brainstorm to add more fun and interactive/social elements to it.
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    Easel Series Tv

    Traditional TV has been unable to satisfy users’ demands on using those smart applications in aspect of placing type and watching angle. Easel series TV adapts to different functions of Smart TV and brings users new possibilities in terms of diversified watching and use experience. Borrowing the idea from easel, the placing angle of Easel series TV on the desk can be adjusted within certain scope by means of adjusting the opening angle of the frame-shaped metal stand. Moreover, the angle of the TV can also be adjusted within a proper scope through a middle axis while the TV is being hung on the wall. Users can find the most suitable angle for watching TV. Designed by Haier View the full article
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    Sportscar Render

    I am not sure about the rendering of the middle surface that runs from the hood to the windscreen (the 2 lanes). You think the designer intended to make a surface change between those lanes? Anyways, overall it looks ok for a quick rendering. Perhaps adding some ground shadow will make the car less like a floating object. Also try to make it more reflective/shiny so that the body looks like metal.
  21. Not sure how safe this stool is, but it looks fun to sit on. The Fabsie concept is interesting. Good luck with the funding!
  22. Well it looks pretty good for an amateur. It looks more artistic than 'design' though. What is your goal with these? Do you want to become a professional car designer, or is this just for fun?
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    New Retractable Dog Leashes

    Looks pretty funny this project. Did you do some user or market research? How did you come up with this design direction?
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    What's Next For China?

    China is on track to getting richer, and discretionary spending will continue to skyrocket. The country’s GDP is currently around $6 trillion. Within the next 7 years, McKinsey & Co. suspects it will reach $11 trillion or – as they say – the equivalent of two Germanys. As people get wealthier, discretionary spending increases. Service-related industries are expected to benefit the most. In particular, “sectors such as leisure (defined as movie, theater, and coffeehouses), travel, and beauty products and beauty treatments are all likely to see brisk growth.” McKinsey projects recreation and education-related spending, which is now greater than $160 billion annually, will increase 12 percent a year. The greatest marketing potential remains among members of the middle class, who suddenly have money for goods and services they traditionally didn’t splurge on: recreational activities, chocolate, cosmetics, and other luxuries. But how can a company make a lasting, meaningful impact? The latest McKinsey report from their China offices, called “What’s Next for China?” defined several key areas marketers should focus on. We highlight five: 1. Embrace the new trends in urban development. Not all of China’s cities – especially the emerging ones – are alike. Brands should “design city-specific solutions—products, marketing approaches, and operating models” that will work for small cities that are projected to influence Chinese growth for the long haul. 2. Focus on the growing demand for services and consumer goods. With so much money to go around, companies should innovate their offerings for consumers. Demand will continue to grow for such things as catering and financial services for years to come. 3. Design city-specific solutions. Companies need to “recognize the heterogeneity of the line-up of Chinese cities and adapt their offerings accordingly to the needs of these populations.” While six megacities – with populations of more than 10 million – have dominated China up to now, purchasing power will come to rest with smaller cities that will underpin China’s growth for the next two decades. Factors like “differences in population (urban versus rural), age, and household income” must all be considered. 4. Serve the people. “That was a Maoist slogan, and it may be ironic that we are using it to describe China’s capitalist evolution,” McKinsey says. However, China has a long way to go in this department. For one, IT capabilities need to increase to allow retail networking to grab hold of both rural areas and small cities. Changing spending patterns will create gains in creative services, such as education or culture and entertainment. Time-stressed Chinese are becoming very interested in food catering services, for example. Also, the need for service in existing sectors to improve. 5. Brand management entails a multi-brand portfolio. Existing quality gaps between multinational companies’ (MNC) products and those of local companies are holding China back. Both sides may benefit from this differential through partnerships, acquisitions or joint ventures. Notably for MNCs, “there are opportunities to capture in this quality differential, notably in joint ventures with Chinese companies. In this way, MNCs can build local awareness of their brands, leverage their partners’ distribution channels and customer base, and build closer relationships with local government to better capture and understand relevant policies.” As a parting thought, McKinsey suggests that companies should seek the new middle class consumers out and build their loyalty as early as possible, through product design, branding, and marketing strategies. photo credit: reuters Via red-luxury.com View the full article
  25. This project is modest addition to the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing, just under a two hours drive from busy Beijing urban life. On the one hand it forms a modern programmatic complement to the village by adding a small library and reading space within a setting of quiet contemplation. On the other hand we wanted to use architecture to enhance the appreciation of the natural landscaping qualities. So instead of adding a new building inside the village center, we chose this particular site in the nearby mountains, a pleasant five minute walk from the village center. In doing so we could provide a setting of clear thoughts when one consciously takes the effort to head for the reading room. Because of the overwhelming beauty of the surrounding nature our intervention is modest in its outward expression. We can’t compete with nature’s splendor. The building blends into the landscape through the delicate choice of materials and the careful placement of the building volume. Especially the choice of material is crucial in blending with the regional characteristics. After analyzing the local material characteristics in the village we found large amounts of locally sourced wooden sticks piled around each house. The villagers gather these sticks all year round to fuel their cooking stoves. Thus we decided to use this ordinary material in an extraordinary way, cladding the building in familiar textures in a way that is strikingly sensitive. The inside of the building has a very expressive character though; its interior is spatially diverse by using steps and small level changes to create distinct places. It frames views towards the surrounding landscape and acts as an embracing shelter. The building is fully glazed to allow for a fully daylight space. The wooden sticks temper the bright light and spread it evenly throughout the space to provide for a perfect reading ambience. Via contemporist.com View the full article

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