Beijing Design Week celebrates China's growing product design and craft industry. Beatrice Leanza, creative director of Beijing Design Week 2016, selects four studios and one brand that are changing attitudes towards products "Made in China". Scroll through to see her picks.
Above is a photo of one of the works featured in a 3D-printed fashion series that included work by WAX Architects, ASW Workshop, Nanjing 3D Printing Institute, Nanjing Fine Art School and designer NE-TIGER at Beijing Design Week 2015.
ZAO/standardarchitecture – Architect Zhang Ke and his design studio ZAO/standardarchitecture recently took on a socially-driven housing initiative to protect Beijing's historic hutong areas.
ZAO/standardarchitecture – Several traditional hutong neighborhoods have been demolished over the last decade.
ZAO/standardarchitecture – The studio conceived the Micro Yuan'er -- a room that can be added on to existing structures -- and a small, stand-alone Micro Hutong, which are inspired by the buildings in traditional hutong courtyards.
Zaozuo – Design studio Zaozuo is often referred to as the Ikea of China.
Zaozuo – It's approach is to provide good design to the affluent, growing market of China's urbanites.
Zaozuo – A startup that was founded less than a year ago, Zaozuo's operations are mostly online.
Zaozuo – The company employs local in-house designers, as well as prominent international names. Italian designer Luca Nichetto is the brand's art director.
PINWU – PINWU design studio was founded in 2009.
PINWU – The studio is known for its use of traditional materials ...
PINWU – ... which are incorporated into new products and designs.
PINWU – PINWU often uses materials such as bamboo, silk, porcelain, hamdmade paper and ceramics.
PINWU – This chair is made using paper.
Atlas Studio – Atlas Studio was founded in 2013 by Ahti Westphal, Jenny Chou, and Catherine McMahon.
Atlas Studio – The three founders met while studying at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Atlas Studio – Their shared interest in history and culture influences their design.
Atlas Studio – At Beijing Design Week, Atlas Studio will unveil an interactive exhibition called The Dye Room.
Atlas Studio – The Dye Room will hold workshops where visitors can learn traditional, natural dying techniques.
Ben Wu Studio – Ben Wu Studio was founded in 2011 by Wang Hongchao, Ge Wei and Peng You.
Ben Wu Studio – Ben Wu studio has partnered with international luxury labels such as Hermès, Vacheron Constantin and Baccarat.
Ben Wu Studio – One standout item is the Fugu Bag.
Ben Wu Studio – The inflatable, carbon fiber bag is designed to provide extra cushioning and protection for tech products that are used daily.