At Design Shanghai 2017, big international companies showed off along with the status of the art of independent Chinese design. Archipanic selected 10 renown, up-and-coming brands, galleries and designers from Jamy Yang to Yuue, WUU and more.
Beijing based designer Frank Chou combines metal, wood and fabric to create neat designs for the fan chair and stool for work and home environment.
Bunnies, rhinos, buffalos and sheep make themselves at home in YUSO millennials-friendly upholstered seatings.
Videomapped trees, “archeological” suitcases and a skyline of towers by Zaha Hadid turned into a chess set…10 installations and exhibitions at Design Shanghai 2017.
From post-war Japan to Mao China and post-independence India but also furniture icons and the challenges of contemporary Asian design. The Shifting Objectives exhibition at M+ Museum for Visual Culture looks into the continent’s history as well as its evolution from a design point of view.
Daan Roosegarde inaugurates the Smog Free Project, an air-purifying tower envisioning a cleaner urban future. Starting from Beijing.
The longest glass bridge on the planet could reopen within days after sudden closure. The 380 m long project by Haim Dotan in China will invite for breathtaking views of the 300m drop below.
Hangzhou design store For D. Casa by Gruppo C14, invites guests to discover Italian and international design icons by walking through floating stairs and interiors inspired by rhythmical geometries.
MAD Architects design Xinhee fashion house corporate building as a sutainable flower-shaped and human body-inspired architecture dressed with floating-free translucent draping.
Studio Waffles and LYCS Architecture design V+Lounge in Hangzhou taking inspiration by the poetic atmosphere above and below the water surface of West Lake.
X+Living designs the Zhonghuge wonderland bookstore to astonish readers’ with an infinite idea of culture thanks to mirrored ceilings, roller-coasters and pirate ships made of books and a pure white forest of filled shelves.
PINWU design team has spent four years of extensive research on Yuhang’s traditions to create a contemporary design set according to ancient Chinese craftsmanship.
German-Australian firm LAVA designs Hangzhou Zheijang Gate Towers, a masterplan featuring twin towers with shimmering facades of fins that are inspired by the Chinese character and concept of gate.
Grey tiled pitched roofs merge with a green hilly panorama. From above Kengo Kuma’s China Academy of Arts’ Folk Art Museum looks like traditional Chinese village.
A super-thin cantilevered platform and glass staircases float in Hangzhou’s Apple store by Foster+Partners that was conceived as a transparent cube overlooking to the surrounding urbanscape.
How can architects help to improve people’s lives in growing Far East metropolises? Four exhibitions reflect on on a massive challenge that comes packed and piled to the extreme.
From Nigeria to Peru, from Thailand to Denmark, China and Brazil; six school projects at Venice Biennale show how architecture can battle contemporary challenges by providing a safe and creative environment for children.
Photo-essay by Amey Kandalgaonkar portrays Shanghai Art Deco architecture revealing a the dark-side of a new Gotham City.
Poltrona Frau conceals Esastern and Western aestetics with new designs by Neri&Hu and Taiwanese talent Shi Chieh Lu.
David Rockwell combines blackened steel, walnut and leather to create VALET collection for Chinese brand Stellar Works: multifunctional furniture with streamlined designs to fit in metropolitan apartments, from Hong Kong to Milan.
Big figures come along with big questions-marks. Milan Design Week great success highlighted also with six emerging issues that will probably shape the future of design: from the Internet of Things to emerging Chinese design and the on-line retail revolution.
Smooth volumes, sharp lines and an impressive wooden theater reminding the gentle erosion of the time: MAD Architects designed the recently completed Harbin Opera House as Northern Chinese winters would have shaped natural landscapes.
Renovated split courtyard houses by TAO combine public and private spaces according to Beijing traditional neighbourhoods.
Despite polemics and scandals and riots, Milan Expo 2015 opened glorioulsy to the planet with a responsible message and stunning architectures starting from Italy Pavilion by Nemesi Sudio.
ArchiPanic interviews DesignShanghai creative directors Ross Urwin and Darrel Best on Chinese design Renaissance and Milan Design Week.
Design Shanghai 2015: a starred line-up didn’t hide the work of Chinese talents and professionals who lead independent design “Created in China”.
At Design Shanghai, Zai Ye Design presents a collection of vases that translates rounded volumes into linear profiles thank to 3D printing technology.
At Design Shanghai 2015, new brand Twenty-Fourteen presented Cocoon shelves system by Naço Architecture redefining bamboo for modern living.
At Design Shanghai, studio Frank Chou presented furniture collections that define the new “fusion” attitude of indipendent Chinese design.
Pop band OK GO made a viral and colourful commercial for a Chinese furniture store turning interiors into psychedelic graphics and optical illusions.