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Harry Ye | Illustration

Posted by on 15.09.2011 in Illustration
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It is quite common for Chinese art and design students to be technically very good at drawing, but there are often complaints about a lack of creativity. Herry Ye (Harry?) has turned that on its head with a series of amazing illustrations. Most of his drawings are pen and ink, reflecting the dark quality of the images themselves. He has begun a series of ‘daily drawings’ where he sketches whatever comes into his head with startling variation everyday. Herry is based in Shanghai and has a great future ahead of him with his surreal works.

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Monocle Shop opens in Beijing

Posted by on 31.08.2011 in Other
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Very exciting news out of Beijing, we have a Monocle Shop! Monocle is the lifestyle magazine brainchild of Tyler Brûlé and is one of the best looking magazines on the market. Plus its not just flim flam, the articles are interesting and in depth.  I had a look yesterday, it was small, but lovely. Fingers crossed this will be a successful venture (everything else which has rented that building has never survived for more than a year!)
Designed by the Monocle creative team in London, the shop measures 15 sq m with a warm interior reflecting the black and white colour palette of the magazine.The full range of Monocle’s exclusive design collaborations across
fashion, home, travel, stationery, music and accessories will be available for Beijing shoppers. Tyler Brûlé, Monocle editor in chief, is looking forward to opening the first Monocle Shop on the Chinese mainland and building a relationship with the local community. “Each of the six Monocle shops around the globe has their own distinct personality,” he says. “We are excited to learn more about the Beijing shopper and see what that personality
will grow into.”

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The best type of architecture is social architecture. Projects to make a difference to peoples lives are a lot more enriching. The well known Chinese charity  Maidifu comissioned BaO Architects in Beijing to build a bathhouse for children and locals in Gansu province, in a place called Shanmen. It is a collaborative community project delivering access to clean bathing facilities for 5000 rural residents. From designboom:

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Coming across this on the internet the other day, I was excited to see more. Unfortunately there does’nt seem to be any information other than this single project. 2011 being the year of the Rabbit, the work is inspired by the running of a rabbit through the year. It has been created for Dearteam Interactive Advertising Corporation. I would love to see more, but Zhengxia Xu and Wenxiu Ma don’t seem to exist or are hiding their work. Great stuff all the same, have a look below.

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Another Beijing based designer, this time by the name of Qing Zhao. She has worked on numerous projects for Esquire, Johnny Walker, Samsung, Paul Mitchell and Li Ning all in her own unique illustration style. Her illustrations are playful and abstract which often include space-inspired vector images to create complex compositions. It is also a lovely surprise to see some Chinese typographic work – an apparent rarity, but brilliant all the same. And Sketches, another rarity in China. You can see her work below.

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