The 15° Chair designed by Xu Lu and Zhang Zihan of Above, the 2019 winners of the AD Emerging Chinese Designer Award at Design Shanghai, Asia’s biggest international design fair. Chinese design has come on in leaps and bounds, the fair’s creative director says.

How Chinese design went from naive to world-class, and why it shouldn’t undersell itself

  • Emerging-talent spotter Ross Urwin, of Design Shanghai fair, has seen first hand how dramatically Chinese design has matured over the past five years
  • The 15° Chair by design duo Above is a perfect example; the only surprise for Urwin was its US$300 price tag – did they miss off a zero, he asked
Topic |   Architecture and Design

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The 15° Chair designed by Xu Lu and Zhang Zihan of Above, the 2019 winners of the AD Emerging Chinese Designer Award at Design Shanghai, Asia’s biggest international design fair. Chinese design has come on in leaps and bounds, the fair’s creative director says.
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The Chinese exhibit at the St Étienne International Design Biennial in France covers 70 years of design evolution in China, with a focus on functional objects such as this bicycle. Photo: Pierre Grasset

Bicycle, high-speed rail, smart suitcase: Chinese design past, present and future on show

  • A history of modern Chinese design in 70 objects – that was how curator Fan Zhe approached the task of showcasing the country’s creativity to Europeans
  • From the ‘not always beautiful’ objects of post-war years to modern consumers’ demand for quality and uniqueness, exhibition shows Chinese design’s advance
Topic |   Chinese culture

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The Chinese exhibit at the St Étienne International Design Biennial in France covers 70 years of design evolution in China, with a focus on functional objects such as this bicycle. Photo: Pierre Grasset
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