Beijing Design Week 2019: Design China Beijing

Thoughtful, functional and innovative creations from the annual event

A decade since it began, Beijing Design Week remains the most prominent design event hosted in China. Kicking off earlier this month, the exhibition runs 5 September through 7 October and plays host to countless cultural and creative happenings. This year it has spread to the future interconnected mega-city of Jing-ji-ji (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei) and beyond—even reaching the coastal city of Qingdao. The magnitude of the event—and …

Kaiyun Motors’ Pint-Sized Electric Pickup Truck

Though it certainly didn’t start this way, the electric vehicle market is saturated and quite difficult for automakers to break into. Differentiating  can be nearly impossible, but Chinese automaker Kaiyun Motors is aiming to do so by offering pint-sized autos with top speeds around 30mph. Since May, the company has been selling their $7,999 truck in the US and European markets. Though the truck can’t …

Word of Mouth: Shanghai

Tea shops in Tianzifang, bars in Xintiandi, and so much more in the exciting city

Possibly the most populous city in the world (recently estimated at 25 million) and growing at an extraordinary rate of 700,000 to 800,000 people a year, Shanghai—the “City on the Sea”—surprises. There are so many dualities: old and new, city and coast, order and chaos, global yet decidedly Chinese. These juxtapositions play out on the streets—bicycles powered by feet zipping in between hybrid electric vehicles, …