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Alessandro De Toni

BEIJING
BEIJING DESIGN WEEK
CUSTOM
DESIGN
JEWELRY
Doctor Zhou's Body Memory
Doctor Yi Zhou is a rather peculiar doctor: in her pop-up Body Memory clinics, she receives patients in order to cast their fingers, noses, ears, breasts and even belly buttons. Before the procedure, each patient is invited to fill in a clinical...
BEIJING
CHINA
FASHION DESIGN
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
WOMENSWEAR
ECO-CONSCIOUS
ENVIRONMENT
Neemic: Sustainable Fashion from Beijing
Despite a growing awareness about sustainability, China is not yet one of the places where green ideas come to fruition. In particular, the local fashion industry isn't sensitive toward environmental issues and the textile industry in the south of...
BEIJING
ANTIQUES
CHINA
HOME DECOR
JEWELRY
PORCELAIN
HISTORY
PRESERVATION
UPCYCLING
Caicifang: A New Life for Ancient Porcelain
Since the beginning of last century, when the Qing dynasty was in its final years, China had a tradition of recovering old fragments of precious ceramic. In 1902, in the bustling commercial area south of Beijing's Forbidden City, several workshops...
BEIJING
CHINA
FASHION
FASHION DESIGNERS
NATURE
WOMEN'S WEAR
Fashion and Nature in China: Su Guangyu
A renaissance in local traditions and, in turn, the rise of a new contemporary Chinese identity is becoming a key issue among many young creatives living in the capital. When it comes to defining the core features of Chinese style, the link between...
ANIME
CHINA
JAPANESE
ANIMATION
COMPUTER GRAPHICS
DRAWING
ILLUSTRATION
Anime-Inspired Art by Mayi Bashou Wang
As early as in the 1920s, China saw the first experiments in the world of manga and animation thanks to the introduction of lithographic printing derived from the West. The later years of political turmoil prevented the new industry from growing...
BEIJING
CHINA
ART
ARTISTS
SCULPTURE
SHOES
COTTON
ILLUSTRATION
KONG KONG WEI
Beijing Artist Kong Kong Wei
Kong Kong Wei loves drawing. Since childhood, her father encouraged her to pursue the passion—taking her to art exhibitions and covering the walls of their home with scenes from her fairytale world. Her dedication to drawing brought her to study...
ART
ARTISTS
CHINA
EXHIBITIONS
EXHIBITS
GALLERIES
PERFORMANCE
SHANGHAI
VIDEO
VISUAL ART
Chen Tianzhuo's Picnic
An indolent psychonaut walks onto a stage in a brightly colored outfit and loads his bong with the ritual gestures of a tea master. He puts on a helmet—complete with a weed leaf-shaped halo—and as the bowl burns, a cloud of thick smoke fills the...
ART
ARTISTS
CHINA
MIXED MEDIA
SHANGHAI
Seal Chen's Mixed Media Art
Mixing medias and construction methods with varying themes of religious, historical and moral matter, the work of Shanghai's self-made artist Seal Chen conjures up images of Hieronymus Bosch’s darkest symbolic creatures with a wave of steam-punk...
BEIJING
CHINA
INSTALLATIONS
LI YING
METAL
SCULPTURE
SITE-SPECIFIC
STUDIO VISITS
Studio Visit: Li Ying
Li Ying is a young, Beijing-based sculptor from Hunan province, who's gained increasing attention for her monumental metal artworks—the latest of which mesmerized audiences at a recent CAFA postgraduate exhibition. We visited her studio in Heiqiao...
CHINA
CRAFTSMANSHIP
DYEING
FABRICS
FASHION
STYLE
TEA SILK
TEXTILES
TRADITION
Kathrin Von Rechenberg's Tea Silk
Tea silk considered one of the most well-preserved gems in Chinese silk craftsmanship. Originating from the Ming Dynasty, this fabric was once considered the most luxurious silk. The '30s became the gilded age for xiangyunsha (the Chinese name for...
CHINA
DESIGN
MENSWEAR
STREETWEAR
OUTDOORS
THETHING, Streetwear From China
It may be hard to believe, but until around 10 years ago "streetwear" was a rather esoteric word in China, and city kid fashion was limited to a few Western brands known only to those who had the chance to travel abroad. The post '80s generation...
BEIJING
CHINA
EXHIBITIONS
EXHIBITS
NAMOC
Thingworld: International Triennial of New Media Art
There’s no doubt that China is a fast-growing consumer society, where the accumulation of objects is unprecedented and follows the fast pace of development. A glance at the infamous garbage ring around the capital or the monumental e-wastelands of...
ARTISTS
BEIJING
CAFA
CHINA
SCULPTORS
SCULPTURES
BEES
CHANCE ART
Ren Ri’s Beeswax Sculptures
Artist Ren Ri (who trained at Tsinghua Academy of Art and Saint Petersburg State University in Russia) creates art that is influenced by his childhood—one that occurred amongst the beautiful scenery of Wuhan’s lush vegetation. “Back then, I was spending...
CHINA
PORCELAIN
ANIMATIONS
ART
SHORT FILMS
STOP MOTION
BEIJING
Xue Geng's Stop-Motion Film "Mr. Sea"
From the masters of Jingdezhen to contemporary artists, porcelain is intrinsic to China's history. It can be the sublime expression of beauty that gets condensed in a daily life object, but it can also tell a whole story: strength, toughness, purity...
CHINA
TIBET
YAKS
SUSTAINABILITY
WEAVING
WOOL
LOCALLY MADE
Earthy Yak Wool Products by Norlha
In the Tibetan language, "norlha" means "wealth of the Gods," and is used by many local nomads in reference to their yaks, which are among the most important resources of the Tibetan Plateau. Referencing this, Norlha is a textile brand that aims...
CHINESE
DESIGNERS
FASHION
AUTUMN/WINTER
CHINA
GRAPHIC PATTERNS
SANKUANZ AW 2014
Probably one of the most interesting brands on the Chinese fashion scene, SANKUANZ boasts a distinctive and playful approach to fashion that has gained a cult-like following in China—and abroad. Last year’s AW collection was showcased at the opening...
CANTONESE
BEIJING
CHINA
UCCA
RESTAURANTS
798 ART DISTRICT
DESIGN
INTERIOR DECORATING
Liang Shi Restaurant, Beijing
In the last 10 years, Beijing’s 798 art district has been progressively transforming from a quiet epicenter of Chinese contemporary art into a mainstream leisure and tourist spot. In a city where development doesn’t often make aesthetics a top priority...
CHINA
PIZZA
BEIJING
RESTAURANTS
ECO-FRIENDLY
SMALL BUSINESSES
Gung Ho! Beijing's Sustainable Pizza Shop
It's a difficult task to really stand out in the bustling, globalized metropolis that is China's capital city of Beijing. And—trivial as it may seem—it's no different with pizza. For years, chains like Pizza Hut and Domino's have only multiplied...
STUDIO VISITS
BEIJING
CERAMICS
CONTEMPORARY DESIGN
BONE CHINA
PORCELAIN
Studio Visit: Xie Dong, Beijing
After much exploration and experimentation, Beijing-based porcelain artist Xie Dong finally settled on bone china as her medium of choice, and did so because of the folds it can create. A tradition that originates from 18th Century Britain, bone...
BEIJING
CHINA
TEAHOUSES
TEAS
TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
Baoputang Teahouse, Beijing
It is common knowledge that China is a land of tea. It's deeply rooted in Chinese culture and it's clearly an important part of the country's heritage, but when it comes to tea tasting, the story is slightly different. Nowadays, many people drink...
CHINA
CHINESE ARTISTS
CREATIVE PROCESS
FASHION DESIGNERS
Qinghe Cao
Qinghe Cao is a talented young designer from Beijing's prestigious China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), with a very unique and imaginative style. In 2011 she launched her first collection of accessories "H=H," and in 2013 she was invited...
CHINA
FAKE NATOO
FASHION
HANDMADE
NATURE
STYLE
WOMENSWEAR
FAKE NATOO
Over the past few years, more and more independent Chinese fashion designers have been garnering attention and appreciation—and one of the loudest voices is that of Zhang Na (aka LALA), who studied fashion design at Xi'an Academy Fine Arts in the...
ANIMATIONS
ANIMATORS
ARTISTS
BEIJING
CHINA
CHINESE ARTISTS
SHORT FILMS
The Country of Summer Insects
Tang Bohua (TBH) was born in Liuyang, Hunan Province—the Chinese capital of fireworks—a city scattered with Buddhist temples where the locals would ask for protection from the hazards of their risky craft. During his childhood, temples were TBH's...
BEIJING
CHINA
ECO-CONSCIOUS
FOOD
SUSTAINABLE
Re-Up, Beijing
In a country where fast development is often synonymous with waste and where the cityscape often looks like a never-ending construction site, Chinese consumers are constantly searching for the "brand new," often without the proper awareness of such...
CHINA
EXHIBITIONS
GALLERY OPENINGS
XU ZHEN
CONTEMPORARY ART
SHANGHAI
BEIJING
UCCA
Xu Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production
Xu Zhen is a pioneer within Chinese underground contemporary art and an influential figure in Shanghai's scene. In 1998, along with Davide Quadrio, he founded Bizart in Shanghai, a platform to support local and international artists, which has been...
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