Hi Design Shanghai 29.09.15

  • Angry lamp and Balance lamp by Yuue: Based in Berlin, Yuue design studio is made up of Weng Xinyu (right) and Tao Haiyue (left), who both studied at Bauhaus University in Weimar. Their balance lamp is turned on by placing your phone into a slot at the rear, causing the lamp shape to rise up in the process. Balance asks you to “balance your life”, as well as being inspired by a traditional scale, by putting down your phone. Their Angry lamp has an almost human-like form and keeps an eye on your energy use, turning off if the environment around it is too bright.

  • Douli Chair by Blue Shanghai White: Ceramic artist Hai Chen established her brand, Blue Shanghai White, in 2003, producing her works in Jingdezhen (the ancient ceramic capital). Her Douli Chair combines an enlarged version of the traditional “douli” bowl with elm wood

  • Xiangsheng desk by Design MVW: For the Xiangsheng desk, Chinese designer Xu Ming has created two identical end-pieces that can rotate to appear as different, supporting a glass tabletop. Design MVW was founded by Xu and French architect Virginie Moriette, and combines architecture, interior and furniture design. They have worked with companies such as Shanghai Tang, Giorgetti, L’Oreal and Roche Bobois

  • Landscape desk set by EY-Products: Graduating from Raffles Design Institute in Singapore in 2007, Eva Zhou and Jerry Huang set up EY-Products in 2010. Their black sandalwood and resin Landscape desk set uses wood grain to invoke mountain landscapes.

  • Moon lamp by EY-Products: The beech wood Moon lamp honours the importance of the moon in Chinese culture

  • Oriental Series by Frank Chou and Butterfly side table by Maxmarko: Beijing-based Frank Chou is one of China’s brightest new talents, finding a perfect balance between Eastern and Western aesthetics. Shown here is the Nov sofa, Kong chair, Null sidetable and Ping screen – all part of his Oriental Series. The walnut and glass Butterfly table by Derek Chen, under his brand Maxmarko, is derived from a butterfly’s flying pattern. Its skeletal base suggests movement, and lightness while still seeming sturdy

  • Lacquer table by Song Tao: Song Tao is widely respected within the Chinese design industry, and has taught at the China Academy of Art. His double-circle table is made from China fir, lacquer and copper and blends traditional technique with modern design. The rhino skin pattern shown in the lacquer took almost 1,000 working hours to complete. (As you might expect, the tables are in limited edition)

  • Neolith by Wu Haoyu: Wu Haoyu is a designer and academic. A member of the Chinese Artist Association, he is also vice director and lecturer at the Guangxi Arts Institute and a visiting scholar of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Wu’s Neolith mixes ceramic and stone to suggest a bridge between old and new, tradition and modernity

  • Deconstructed screen by Yang Design: Designer Jamy Yang presents a set of three screens, made of steel and glass, incorporate classic Suzhou embroidery. Jamy has worked with international brands such as Tumi, Natuzzi, Swarovski, Infinity and Audi and has also founded the Yang Design Museum – the first private industrial design museum in China

  • Symmetry set by Wuu: Winner of AD-Design Shanghai young talent designer award 2015, Furong Cheng is very talented in using different materials to create unique furniture and accessories. His carbon steel Symmetry set creates beautiful tools for various types of cutting – from fabric to wires

Icon showed off work by a select group of Chinese designers at 100% Design last week

During last week’s London Design Festival, Icon presented the work of ten emerging and established Chinese design brands at 100% Design in Olympia – all of whom were exhibiting for the first time in the UK.

Produced in conjunction with Design Shanghai, which takes place in China next March, the show included work by such studios as Blue Shanghai White, Design MVW, EY-products, Frank Chou Design Studio, Maxmarko, Song Tao, Wu Haoyu, WUU, Yang Design and Yuue.

Above are some of highlights.



David Michon

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