Do you want to find out more about the wonders and advancements of Chinese contemporary design? In this article you will have the chance to get to know the new generation of Chinese designers that is rocking the art world. All of them will be present at the conferences in Maison et Objet 2019. If you are interested in their message for a bright new future, pay them a visit this January.
Hongjie Yang was born and raised in China. Later, he studied in the USA and at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands, where he received his Master’s Degree in Contextual Design. After living and travelling abroad for the past 12 years, he is currently based in the Netherlands. His powerful works, which explore the divide between nature and culture, the born and the made, have been widely exhibited including in the USA, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and China.
Shanghai-based Ximi Li has a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the China Academy of Art, Shanghai, and a Master’s Degree in Furniture Design from the Polytechnic University of Milan. He worked for leading designers as Andrea Branzi and Luca Trazzi in Italy and, upon returning to Shanghai he joined Neri & Hu, acting as Chief Designer for 6 years. In 2016 Ximi launched his independent design studio Ximi Li and furniture brand URBANCRAFT. Working to create timeless pieces that integrate East and West, Ximi is committed to global cultural fusion, quality and the finest craftsmanship.
Design director Chen Xingyu founded the design brand Bentu alongside Xu Gang, Peng Zeng and Chen Xingguang in 2011. A former Industrial Design graduate from Guangzhou University, Xingyu works to solve the problems raised by a rapidly developing society, recycling materials that others may consider waste (as coal cinder, construction waste and bone ash) and transforming them into furniture, lighting and accessories. His Guangzhou-based studio is known for experimentation, exploration and innovation, combining environmentally-friendly materials with commercial appeal, an approach which has won numerous awards, including a 2017 Red Dot Design Award.
These amazing and fresh new voices will be orientated at the conference by the wonderful Stephanie Zao. She holds a MSc in Urban Design Management from University of London and in 2014, she successfully brought LADCO to China and established the DesignChain platform. Her goal is to take high-end international interior design and furnishing brands to China, and to build a high level eco system shared among clients, designers and brands, by integrating the best online and offline resources as well as combining the most advanced internet technology and data analysis. She is a leader with a strong direction and international vision. As she once said: “we are innovative yet practical, confident yet persistent”.
If you want to hear more about them, don’t miss Rising Talents China: a new generation of designers, a fascinating conference planned for January 19 from 11.00 am to 11.45 am at the Hall 7 of The Talks in Maison et Objet 2019.
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