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Brief Published: 3 Oct 2014

Beijing Design Week 2014: Exploring Cultural Craft


Beijing Design Week (September 26-October 3 2014) has become an occasion to celebrate the country’s burgeoning design scene. The fourth edition saw new additions to the roster, including a design film festival; a brand and e-commerce platform for promoting Chinese designers; and Plug-IN Stations, architect-designed kiosks dotted around the capital to help locals and visitors engage.

Exploring the future of contemporary craft and designer-maker practices, Making Futures – a research platform developed by Plymouth College of Art, UK – hosted a series of workshops to try to gather China-based perspectives and practices and place them in dialogue with international ones.

Across four sessions, the workshops explored the cultural identity of craft in line with the recent reappearance of small-scale productions and design-to-make, artisanal manufacturing as well as their relationship with advanced technological models of production and the impact of digital manufacturing.

We note the increasing number of designers and brands from this region finding a platform on the international design stages such as homeware shows Ambiente and Maison & Objet.

Looking at the wider conversation of craft and production, we uncover new applications of artisanal practices in our Chinese Design: A Fresh Blend report.

China Craft