This year’s selection process included five young designers selected by members of the Rising Talents Awards Jury, and one young designer selected via a Call For Entry. Frank Chou, Chen Furong, Mario Tsai, Hongjie Yang, Ximi Li and Bentu rank as some of the brightest young design powers in the country today.
Exemplifying talent, emotional depth and creativity, these six designers bring innovation and energy to their work. Some prefer a China-centric approach, others have absorbed multicultural influences by studying, working and living abroad. But all are committed to forming a new Chinese language of design. Says Jury Member Lyndon Neri of Neri&Hu: “With the rapid growth of the Chinese economy and the need for a cultural expression of its own, we see a large number of emerging designers that have started to create their own voice that deals with issue of heritage and identity.”
Whilst their styles might diverge, one thing is clear: these six talents are setting new standards, whilst balancing creative versus commercial demands. “China has, for many years now, been the world’s in-dustry supply chain leader and is fast turning into a hotbed for design opportunity for both local and global designers,” says Luca Nichetto.
“Chinese designers are realising the power of their own proximity to an established manufacturing base, and are taking full advantage of it.”
The six personalities invited by MAISON&OBJET and DesignChain to sit on this year’s Rising Talents Selection Jury are experts in their field, contributing to, and knowledgeable about, the contemporary Chinese design. In-depth insights into China’s design industry come from Liu Xu, Chairman of China National Interior Decoration Association and Xing Tong-He, Former Chief Architect of Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design (Group) Co. Ltd., one of the largest architectural firms in the world.
Sculptor and artist, Qu Guangci, founder and artistic director of design brand X+Q Art, known for its limited edition handcrafted sculptures, brings his blend of creativity and business acumen to the panel. London-based lighting and furniture designer Tom Dixon has wide experience in global design and commercial application, whilst Italian industrial designer Luca Nichetto, operates in both the global and the Chinese marketplaces. Lastly, Shanghai-based Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu of inter-disciplinary architecture and de-sign practise Neri&Hu, offer their views on the moder-nity-heritage debate in today’s China.
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