Maison et Objet 2019 Announced The Rising Talent Awards China ⇒ Following the success of the United Kingdom, Italy and Lebanon editions, China will showcase its Rising Talents at the Exhibition Centre – Paris Nord Villepinte, from 18 to 22 January at Maison et Objet 2019. The decision to focus on China’s young designers is a testament to the country’s rapid design-led growth, reflecting Maison et Objet’s efforts to remain at the forefront of international design progress and development. Today, CovetED brings you the 6 rising talents presented at this edition!
Written by Elena Eisrodaite
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The six personalities invited by Maison et Objet 2019 and DesignChain to sit on this year’s Rising Talents Selection Jury are experts in their field, contributing to, and knowledgeable about, the contemporary Chinese design. In-depth insights into China’s design industry come from Liu Xu, Chairman of China National Interior Decoration Association and Xing Tong-He, Former Chief Architect of Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design (Group) Co. Ltd., one of the largest architectural firms in the world.
Sculptor and artist, Qu Guangci, founder and artistic director of design brand X+Q Art, known for its limited edition handcrafted sculptures, brings his blend of creativity and business acumen to the panel. London-based lighting and furniture designer Tom Dixon has wide experience in global design and commercial application, whilst Italian industrial designer Luca Nichetto, operates in both the global and the Chinese marketplaces. Lastly, Shanghai-based Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu of inter-disciplinary architecture and design practice Neri&Hu, offer their views on the modernity-heritage debate in today’s China. Now, let’s find out who the Rising Talents are for Maison et Objet 2019!
For me, the concepts of “Modern Chinese” and the Social Stage of China” are the real goals behind my work. If you understand these goals and proceed from these two points, then the designs naturally reflect the style and spirit of “modern China living”. My designs do not have obvious Oriental characteristics, but actually, the design ideas and inspirations originate from deep-seated thoughts about modern and future Oriental lifestyles. – Frank Chou
China’s craftsmanship has a long history which is rooted in the development of our country’s traditions and culture. We have many fascinating crafts, from simple to exquisite, and all reveal Oriental characteristics and thinking. However, because of rapid economic development, craftsmanship has become less important. When the pace slows down, and we have more time to explore our feelings about life, then Chinese craftsmanship will develop further in contemporary society. – Chen Furong
I always try to use less materials and production processes to create better designs. This not only reduces the cost to my clients but also saves resources and helps protect the environment. It’s a principle to remind me to follow a sustainable design approach. For example, I designed a table system that needs only a singular leg design, to be used with different sized tables. The leg can also be replaced if it breaks. This not only reduces unnecessary program and management costs during the production process, but the replaceable parts means the product can last longer. – Mario Tsai
In the past 12 years, I lived abroad in many cities and visited many countries. I feel lucky that I am able to experience a world with cultures, ranging from a nation of immigrants to Europe’s rich history, with its different languages and cultural backgrounds. In the European design scene, you can meet talented people from all over the world with amazing personal stories. Both East and West have played big parts in my life – and in understanding both of them I find inspiration. These experiences made me as a person and a designer, and I am still evolving. After a while, I stopped seeing design as a set of skills, rather it has become something very personal, a part of me. A journey of self-discovery. – Hongjie Yang
Based in Shanghai, Ximi Li Design works with furniture brands and retailers in terms of furniture, product, interior design and creative direction. We expect to exchange ideas with European brands, and collaborate on the creation of furniture, lighting and accessories. URBANCRAFT’s vision is to establish an international design brand that integrates Chinese heritage with craftsmanship and diversified cultural elements. We want to have conversations with global audiences and show our works to the European market, forming partnerships with distributors and retailers. – Ximi Li
Industrial design is a discipline that emphasizes systematic thinking. It helps me to consider the application of materials and the maturity of production, as well as the operation of the whole system. Everything must return to a practical understanding of technique and industry. Bentu places the material experiment at the beginning of the whole process, and the product design exists in the whole chain as a form or means of transformation. In Bentu, our work is systematic, which results in rational thinking and comprehensive measurement. – Bentu
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