The Shanghai EDITION Hotel Opens Near The Bund

A new lifestyle and hospitality destination in the heart of the Chinese city

The latest EDITION Hotel has officially opened its doors, this time in Shanghai. The Shanghai EDITION is the cherry on top for a city that has seen its powerful growth manifest into becoming one of the most vibrant cultural hubs in Asia. It’s also a milestone along Shanghai’s path to becoming a global lifestyle capital. The boutique hotel brand, conceived by Ian Schrager in partnership with …

“UPPRINTING FOOD” at Beijing Design Week 2018

Exploring the future of food analysis and 3D-printed meals in China and beyond

Human-centered design and sustainability have rightly become global priorities. In China, more often known for its megacities and high-speed urbanization, these were core themes at this year’s Beijing Design Week (BDW). As global resources shrink and climate change will soon impact the way we eat, food becomes a key aspect of sustainable development—especially in China, where the richness and diversity of local food culture struggles to keep …

Studio Visit: Digital Artist Yang Yongliang

In the crossroads between new visual languages and traditional Chinese art

by Alessandro De Toni A few meters from the Bund—the iconic promenade in Shanghai that offers a picture postcard view of booming urban China—an Art Deco building raised in 1931 hosts a cluster of creative studios. Here, digital artist Yang Yongliang—an explorer of new Chinese aesthetics—conceives his pieces. At the age of 25, Yongliang decided that he wanted to be a full-time artist after receiving …

Zhong Shan’s Surrealist “Free Fall” Exhibition

Beijing's ArtDepot showcases the artist's captivating oil-on-silk works

by Alessandro De Toni The masters of surrealism left a strong mark on a whole generation of Chinese painters. Born in 1971, in the Southern province of Guizhou, Zhong Shan—like many artists of his generation—was inspired by surrealist masters, and a very eclectic sense of experimentation pushed him to explore different languages and address the juxtaposition of imagery through his art. “In my work, there’s …

Art Basel Hong Kong 2018: Loro Piana’s Cloud-Like “The Gift of Kings” Exhibition

590 panels of the world's finest wool make for a jubilant, immersive experience

by Alessandro De Toni In conjunction with Art Basel Hong Kong, Loro Piana—one of the world’s most prestigious cashmere and luxury fabric manufacturers—pays homage to its most renowned material known as The Gift of Kings. It’s quite a bold name but it represents an incredibly fine, feather-light and rare wool sourced by Loro Piana through a 30-year-long collaboration with a selection of Merino sheep breeders …