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JD.com leads the Chinese conquest of the Milan Design Week

JD.com leads the Chinese conquest of the Milan Design Week

The swelling numbers of interior design and lifestyle shops popping up in China, makes it quite clear that Chinese consumers have a developing appreciation for design. Increasingly, interior and furniture design is becoming a staple of luxury events targeted at affluent Chinese consumers. As I already mentioned in my previous article The rise of multi-label and lifestyle brands in China, more and more auction houses have been adding a design and furniture element to their sales, encouraged by Chinese consumers’ design savvy shopping habits abroad. The trend is for well-decorated spaces to become increasingly important to Chinese consumers. This fact is...
Why Chinese Shopping Malls are set to become “Palaces of Experience”

Why Chinese Shopping Malls are set to become “Palaces of Experience”

In the past year I’ve been involved in many commercial real estate projects. Specifically I have been working on creative concepts for the seasonal marketing campaigns of Chinese Shopping Centers. After having been in touch with some of the most prominent clients in the market, I wanted to write down some thoughts on the trends that I’ve noticed in China. New downtowns Guangjie, which roughly translates as window shopping, is increasingly seen by China’s newly affluent consumers as a key pastime. Rapid urbanization and the continuing growth of disposable incomes and expenditure has been the driving force behind the shopping mall...
[infographic] The issues of the seven seas?

[infographic] The issues of the seven seas?

I hope you enjoy this infographic we did for the 66m Under installation. You can click on the image to enlarge, sadly it’s mostly in Chinese. All the information and numbers included in this graphic come from the research we did [I know, I know, I forgot to write down the sources…]. Feel free to Please share it! Now, I think it’s time to tell the truth about what really happened during the 2012 BJDW to our installation. What was intended to improve people’s awareness on environmental issues, actually enlightened us on how impossible hard it is to achieve such a goal. During the whole design...
66m Under – 海拔66米

66m Under – 海拔66米

There is always a reason if I am not posting on Design Hotpot. As the 2014 Beijing Design Week came closer I have been incredibly busy in managing the project for  “66 meters Under” or “海拔66米” [from now on just ’66mU’]. 66mU is an installation organized by IYNED, a waterfront, yacht and marina design company with ties to Tsinghua University. According to a research done by National Geographic, If All The Ice-Melted, There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists say it would take more than 5,000 years to melt it all. If...
7 reasons why the Design Week struggles to make it in Beijing

7 reasons why the Design Week struggles to make it in Beijing

I know it is not easy at all to organize such a huge event like a design week, and surely in a city of 20 millions citizens like Beijing… it’s hardcore! However, in this article I will try to explain what are the five main reasons why the Beijing Design Week is not growing as you would expect. [This article only represents my own views, no offense to anybody] Design still far from life. In China design is mostly perceived as an academic matter. Designers might be ‘cool’ but somehow many Chinese see them as 屌丝 Diaosi. For the city...
Chinese architects rediscovering the tradition of bamboo

Chinese architects rediscovering the tradition of bamboo

Bamboo is an extremely fast-growing species of giant grass that grows abundantly, quickly and cheaply across East Asia, Northern Australia and west to India and the Himalayas, but also occur in the Americas and the sub-Saharan Africa. It’s high strength-to-weight ratio, comparable to the ratio of steel, makes it adapt for construction uses. While in Japan, bamboo was used primarily as a supplemental or decorative element, throughout China’s building tradition, bamboo was a dominant material in architecture, especially in southern China. It was used for all the elements in architecture: structure, wall, floor, furniture, or ladders and stairs. A bamboo...