Newly founded Re-Fun Design by Xia Kai is a product design company based in Shanghai. They use experimental playful forms to create a range of furniture from a mirror to hallstand. Xia Kai says that the brand wants to ‘rethink life, to explain “things” and provide people with simple, playful, fun.’
A’postrophe Design, run by Ivan Zhang have designed the P-Lamp, a modular lighting system which can be adjusted to suit different situations. Unusually, the aluminium unibody is used to conduct low voltage electricity to the LED lights. Each module can therefore be connected to its neighbour without the need for intrusive and bulky wires.
Originally from Taiwan, UK-based Li-Chu Wu trained in Metalsmithing and Jewellery Design at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan before completing a Masters in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products at Birmingham City University, UK. Her current jewellery work makes use of layers of paper, which are used to evoke subtle movement and tactile qualities – natural forms and processes, says the designer, inspire each of her collections. She has exhibited worldwide, including in Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland, USA, Taiwan, China and the United Kingdom.
Jiangmei Wu is a Chinese designer from Shanghai, who originally studied at Tongji University before moving to America. Jiangmei experiments with folded paper, partly as a result of his upbringing in the 70’s and the scarcity of toys, and partly because of his studies at Tongji where students were asked to make a a structure from a single sheet of paper. From this, he has created his own series of folded lamps and installations, mostly using Tyvek.
We recently caught wind of a great Shanghai company, called Rong Design. Rong are a branding agency who redesign packaging for local Chinese brands.
Their recent work includes packaging for rice in a traditional fishing village, where they wanted to celebrate the connections between their staple foods at Chinese New Year.
China has a huge selection of very affordable small city e-bikes. However, design is not an important aspect of any of them, and they are frequently found with stickers plastered all over them.
Bowen Lee from Wuxi saw this as an opportunity to develop a stronger bike, which functions as a rapid city runaround, whilst also looking fantastic. Bowen studies at the Jiangnan University School of Design, and SuE was his graduate project, from which they built a working prototype.