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Mojo Wan is a 23 year old lad from Shanghai who shows that you don’t need a degree in design from university to design well…
Having studied Engineering at University, he has honed what he enjoys doing into his career. Some of his work has an erotic edge, which is unusual in China but its all fantastic. A real asset to Chinese design.
Graduate designer Zhang Zhan has created a temporary autumnal sofa called Time+ thing-alive sofa. Captured during Chinas’ short but extremely vibrant autumn, when all the leaves turn a bright yellow, 26 kilos of leaves were collected from the summer palace in Wuxi and then hand glued together to form this sofa. Over time it will wither and die, I would like to see what it looks like now.
Sweet Vision Studio is an international inderdisciplinary studio based out of Beijing. Made up of photographers and graphic designers, they have a vibrant array of work. What particularly piqued my interest was the photography of Johnny Zhang. I find his personal work the most exciting, ranging between moody black and white images with Mao to some fascinating portraits. A selection of work below and link at the bottom.
A wonderful addition to the portfolio of home grown architects in China, a Beijing based Library in Huairou District. Very modest, low key and melding with its environment. I would love to see this against the backdrop of the winters hills in Beijing with the hues and tones of browns and greys. Good to see the emergence of ‘sensible’ architecture as opposed to the grandoise of ‘symbolic’ architecture.
Finally, after much searching, I have found the work of a Chinese Furniture designer, Zhili Liu based in Beijing. Zhili Liu has this to say…
Chinese manufacturing is usually famous for large quantity, low quality and very limited new material and technology. So for Chinese designers, creating low quantity products with high quality in both design and manufacturing has always been a tougher task than it is in most other places. I have been trying to create high specification products with typical Chinese industrial materials and basic technics, through unusual design and engineering, and these tables are the first prototypes in this direction – which I believe could be another route for “Chinese design” aside from reinterpreting the traditional decorative elements.