All posts by Michele Galeotto


The Fitness Fever that’s moving China’s Brands

The Fitness Fever that’s moving China’s Brands

The Chinese fitness industry is just starting to explode Commercial fitness gyms started to open across Mainland China in the early 1980s. Since then, the phenomenal growth of its national economy has helped to drive industry growth in all sectors. Chinese are exercising more and their overall fitness status has improved slightly over the past five years, according to a survey by the General Administration of Sport of China. The survey also showed that the increase in obesity among Chinese, which had been rising since 2005, peaked in 2011 and has since started to slow down. Currently there are 19 million...
The future of AR in Chinese Luxury Retail

The future of AR in Chinese Luxury Retail

Perhaps the most significant specific trend within the new customer-centric universe is the pervasiveness of mobile as the leading technology in the movement toward omnichannel marketing. While consumers are now interacting with brands through a variety of different media including email, social media, PCs, tablets, smartphones and the store, mobile has taken the lead as the dominant channel for retailers based on its convenience and consistent presence with the consumer. These trends are only expected to continue as the market moves toward the next evolution of customer-centric technology and all it has to offer. When e-commerce and later social media took off,...
An interview with Neri & Hu [part 3]

An interview with Neri & Hu [part 3]

…continuing from Part 2 “At work I’m organized and rational while I’m emotional and unstable on a personal level” Room for randomness sometimes brings up nice surprises. And surprisingly enough, architecture and design were not young age vocations for neither of them. Lyndon wanted to be a painter but growing up in a Chinese family he was not allowed to pursue such a goal that was considered to be trivial. He had lied to his parents saying that he was studying mechanical engineering, but before they went to visit him in the States, he managed to switch to architecture, that...
An interview with Neri & Hu [part 2]

An interview with Neri & Hu [part 2]

…continuing from Part 1 “From a spoon to a city” What really impressed me, and it’s significant during the whole conversation, is the consistency of their design-thinking, which merges together their private lifestyle with their design process and their corporate communication. All is one. And is my belief that this is the reason of their success. To use their own words, the key of their success is “being true to yourself and have a passion for what you do”. And their passion really reaches in every corner of the design world: from graphic design, furniture design, product design, interior design,...
An interview with Neri & Hu [part 1]

An interview with Neri & Hu [part 1]

[A short version of this interview was featured in the April issue of Interni China 设计时代] On December 26 instead of lying on the sofa waiting to digest my Christmas lunch, I was sent by Interni China 设计时代, the Chinese version of the famous Italian design magazine, to Shanghai to have a conversation with Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu. Founding partners of the Shanghai based design and architecture practice Neri&Hu, a cross-disciplinary practice, that defines itself an architectural practice, with many projects also verging towards interior and product design. They established themselves, among very few others, as the most internationally famous designers...
How to market furniture in China

How to market furniture in China

Changes within the market and the need for flexibility Recently I have been involved in the re-planning of a large luxury distributor of foreign furniture in China. For obvious reasons I won’t reveal its name, let’s say they are one of the main players in the luxury furniture market in Asia, and they went trough a huge scandal a few years ago… That scandal severely damaged their credibility in the eyes of occasional and potential customers affecting their brand and market shares up until now. Today, they believe, the damages of those years are almost gone, but as Chinese growth slowed down...