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DESIGN
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...
STYLE
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...
DESIGN
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...
STYLE
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...
DESIGN
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...
CULTURE
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...
CULTURE
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...
CULTURE
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...
TRAVEL
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...
TRAVEL
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...
DESIGN
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...
TRAVEL
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...
DESIGN
Lincoln Launches in China
Nixon famously visited China in 1972 and now—42 years after the People’s Republic opened up to the West—Lincoln has just announced it will soon arrive. This fall, the American car company that’s been hard at work rebranding itself here in the States...
CULTURE
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...
FOOD-DRINK
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...
CULTURE
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...
CULTURE
Lu Yang’s Uterus Man
Listed among the most influential young Chinese artists, Shanghai-born Lu Yang (who graduated from the prestigious China Academy of Art's New Media Department) creates work that explores themes of death, disease, genetics and biomechanics. Behind...
STYLE
Trash & Diamond, Beijing
Last spring, Fang Fang (who studied graphic design and advertising before working as an Art Director for brands including Apple China and Mini) left her prestigious job and partnered with her friend Lin to open the first real second-hand store in...
DESIGN
Gao Guqi: Nature Bred, Nourishing Home
Gao Guqi is a young furniture designer who has gained increasing popularity in the last few years. Once a graphic designer, then coffee shop owner and furniture designer, Guqi was born in North Eastern China and has lived all over, from Xiamen to...
CULTURE
Kapital Creation: A Beijing State of Mind
Urbanization is a major global issue, but nowhere more pressing and extreme than in China. The country's urban population is expected to hit one billion over the next decade, according to the World Bank. Alongside unprecedented economic development...
STYLE
Ink, Beijing
It’s easy to imagine how important the concept of VIP is in a country where individuality is easily lost in an immense multitude of people. Among Chinese men, the older generations are still quite status-oriented and fashion is often simply a tool...
FOOD-DRINK
CHI, Beijing
So far in Beijing, the exploration of culinary culture has mainly moved on the boundaries of regional ethnic food. Spicy Sichuan delicacies—which used to have a strong grasp on the capital’s food scene in the past decade—passed the torch to the natural...
CULTURE
Satan Lucky
Beijing-based comic designer and illustrator Satan Lucky—a light-hearted name choice he made as a teenager—is not a dark character at all. On the contrary, he’s a smiling, cheerful young man with a very independent spirit and a true passion for storytelling...
STYLE
Tucheng Store in Beijing
The Chinese propaganda leviathan is still struggling to find a way to make the country look hip and culturally influential worldwide, and in the eyes of a skeptical foreign audience, any effort will be useless until freedom of expression doesn’t...
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