Highlights from Design in Common

Beijing Design Week's Milan show innovates on carpentry

Last week in Milan we were pleasantly surprised to find Beijing Design Week presenting Design in Common—a selection of pieces from the capital city’s fair. With a focus on communal furniture and tea-drinking pieces in particular, the exhibition was proof of China’s far-ranging aesthetic. While Droog Design was cleverly poking fun at China’s copycat reputation with “The New Original,” Chinese designers presented innovation of their …

G by Gloria Guo

Creative collars, pendants and patches from a Beijing-based designer

Designer Gloria Guo has been fascinated by colorful patterns and handmade crafts since childhood. “As one of my first little hobbies, I used to customize my shoes and pants with small patches,” she says. “When I came to study in Beijing and discovered the marvels of local textile wholesale markets, my passion for handiwork became even stronger. I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of materials: …

Deform from Within

Wu Na's striking album shows off the modern face of traditional guqin music

Born in Chongqing, China, musician Wu Na holds the distinction of being one of the world’s premier guqin players, a seven-string instrument strummed by Confucius and revered as one of China’s four classical arts. Her instrument of choice is one of China’s most ancient and revered musical pieces—reigning as one of four classical arts. Wu’s training started at the early age of nine, and she …