China’s design scene is experiencing a very exciting time, producing a range of home-grown talent that has an appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. Design Shanghai (27-30 March) will showcase a wealth of the best design names that China has to offer.
From one-off and limited edition collectible design pieces to new furniture ranges, Design Shanghai promises to be the place to be to discover cutting-edge Chinese design.
The use of quality material is common amongst the different approaches by emerging Chinese designers exhibiting at Design Shanghai. Frank Chou founded Frank Chou Design Studio in 2012 in Beijing. His collection, on display in the Contemporary Design Hall, is characterised by the use of wool, quality metals and dark shades. The Kuan Chair, Ring Lamp, Nov Sofa and Ping Screen form a subtle yet elegant collection combining western and oriental cultures, representing a style Frank refers to as ‘contemporary oriental manner’.
Shanghai-based design studio Design MVW, founded by Ming Xu and Virginie Moriette, will unveil its ‘Nothing is Everything’ collection, which includes six pieces of furniture made of Oxidized brass that mix sculptural and artistic qualities. The studio will also launch ‘Yun’, a functional and decorative dividing screen consisting of disc panels linked together to create an organic structure of marble and brass.
The event will present an exciting mix of designs created with 3D technology. Zai Ye Design, a cutting edge working platform for independent designers, will be launching a new collection of 3D printed resin vases created with 3D City.
Well-known Chinese artist Wang Yuyang is also using 3D processes to create a site-specific work installed inside Jean Prouvé’s 6x9 Demountable House, for Swiss luxury brand, Bally. Yuyang will present ‘Equip’, a sculpture that reflects the aesthetics and philosophy of Jean Prouvé’s House and its relevance in China's contemporary society.
The sculpture entails a 3D process that transforms the linear dimensions of the house through binary code, which then creates a 3D rendering. Next, local craftsmen have translated the renderings into handmade sculptural form using various materials specified by Yuyang such as copper, wood, steel and plastic.
“Design Shanghai is an incubator of local talent, where visitors can experience new products from various emerging Chinese designers across the Contemporary and Classic halls," Ross Urwin, creative director of Design Shanghai, says. "The four-day event testifies the exciting shift the local design industry is going through, with creativity, crafts and innovation combining to contribute, alongside the already strong manufacturing industry, to one of the most exciting changes China is currently experiencing.”
The Contemporary and Classic halls include Chinese designers and brands such as MRT Design, MZGF Furniture, Amelie Shen, ZP&PY, Yi Yang Yi Sheng, Zai Ye Design, Design Republic, and many more.
The Collectible Design Hall at Design Shanghai will launch for the first time in China a platform to explore the realm of limited edition design and its crossovers between the art and design world from China and the West. The hall will showcase top designers and galleries that represent the best of collectible design from Europe, the US and the Asia Pacific region with a special focus on China.
Morgan Morris, Director and Curator of the Collectible Design Hall, has selected some of today’s most exciting designers and galleries to be showcased within this new initiative for a collectible design hub in Shanghai.
“We are excited to present the new wave of Chinese designers working with limited edition collectible design in a rigorous creative manner that are currently launching a new trend in China and bringing this arena to the forefront," says Morgan. "The emerging talents that will be exhibited present new design values to the rest of the world that are ‘created in China’ not ‘made in China’. Chinese designers across the Collectible Design Hall include Shao Fan, Song Tao, Shi Jianmin, Jing Jing (Naihan Li), Liu Feng and Guo Bin to name a few.”
The hall will showcase top designers and their representative galleries including Carpenters Workshop Gallery; Zaha Hadid, represented by David Gill; John C Taylor Ltd; Marcel Wanders for Baccarat, Christofle and Personal Editions; Long Ji Zao Ban; Method Studio and Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art.
Internationally known designer Marcel Wanders will present collectible designs specially created for Baccarat and Christofle, together with his Personal Editions. Wanders will display a selection of “One Minute Delft” pieces alongside a new edition of his Delft Blue chandelier.
Zaha Hadid’s design will be presented by the David Gill Gallery, including the extraordinary Mercuric marble table collection, produced in Italy by Citc. Hadid’s Luna table, Calla fireplace and Tela shelving system will also be on display. David Gill is a pioneering gallerist offering 20th Century and contemporary design, who produced some of the first furniture collections from Zaha Hadid to Mattia Bonetti.
Artist and designer Arik Levy will be represented by the Louise Alexander Gallery. Levy’s signature Rock pieces, light sculptures, installations and other works, such as the Fractal Cloud will also be on show in the Collectible Design Hall.
Bridging the design gap between China and the rest of the world is the Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, founded in 2000 in Beijing. Xin Dong Cheng will bring together the works of three generations of Chinese designers, from Shao Fan to Shi Jianmin and Guo Bin.
Highlighting the historical links between France and Shanghai, Shanghai Art Deco will show iconic historical collectible furniture from the Art Deco period made in Shanghai in the 1930’s. Key collectible design pieces in the inimitable “Shanghai style” will be shown for the first time in the Collectible Design Hall.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery, known for producing and exhibiting functional sculptures by international rising and established artists, will present works by Humberto & Fernando Campana, Stuart Haygarth and Studio Drift amongst others. Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s main aim is to transcend borders, allowing visitors to experience the intersection between art and design.
Gallery All the first Beijing-Los Angeles based limited edition design gallery will present iconic works from the famous crate series by the Beijing designer Jing Jing (Naihan Li) alongside cutting edge 3D printed limited edition pieces by Zhang Zoujie. They will also show some of the best in US design talent with works by the Haas Brothers and David Wiseman.
In addition to a wonderful selection of galleries, there will be the presence of independent designers. Dr John C Taylor’s Dragon Chronophage clock will be making a bold statement with its vast gold-plated face. Making its Asia debut, Pavlo Schtakleff, co-founder and creative force behind luxury furniture brand Sé, will show pieces from Collection III by Nika Zupanc, celebrating the Collection’s launch in the Asian market.