Beijing Design Week: Jeff Dayu Shi’s “Yin Xian” Bamboo Collection

Reviving a Chinese tradition while adding a contemporary twist

by Alessandro de Toni Since 2009 Beijing Design Week has been a platform to spread design culture into a country whose aesthetics have been long trapped between faded echoes of past glories and mass-produced kitsch. While the discussion about a Chinese Renaissance, and how to revive traditions, takes place on TV, the path to shaping a contemporary Chinese style isn’t easy, as a fast-paced cash-hungry …

The House of Tai Ping Carpets

Inside the luxury brand known for its blend of traditional craft and modern vibrancy

In light of the forthcoming “Anthology” collection—which draws from and revitalizes some of Tai Ping‘s most renowned designs—we met with the company’s Global Creative Director, Jean-Pierre Tortil. The brand, which was formed in 1956 and owns its own factory on mainland China, continues to produce beautiful collections with innovative patterning, textiles and designs. All of which are made by hand and from scratch. Under the …

Phlo: Architectural Wooden Clutches

Beijing-based designer Vega Zaishi Wang collaborates with woodworker Christian Melz on unique purses

Central Saint Martins alum Vega Zaishi Wang is gaining reputation as one the brightest rising stars in the Chinese design world. In the last few years, the independent fashion designer has shaped fascinating creations that merge her time in the East and West, and she has shown she’s unafraid to get experimental. (As evidenced in her electroluminescent Alpha Lyrae collection, which featured glowing blue dresses …