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Wright and Smith works with some upand-com­ing tal­ents, such as Keren Zheng. The Bei­jing-based de­signer has mod­ernised the 2,000-year-old Chi­nese high art known as dian cui, or ‘dot­ting with king­fish­ers.‘ In­cor­po­rat­ing hand­made king­fisher feath­ers in­stead of real ones, which were of­ten at­tained in­hu­manely, he nev­er­the­less uses age-old tech­niques, cut­ting his feath­ers by hand and painstak­ingly in­lay­ing them in a min­i­mal­ist, clean fash­ion on the jewel-like lids of his tea boxes, tea cad­dies, cups and teapots. These are, in turn, pre­sented in a tra­di­tional stone-topped ta­ble in trib­ute to the an­cient literati tea cul­ture of China’s Tang Dy­nasty. “The fact that this young guy is ref­er­enc­ing an­cient Chi­nese his­tory and de­vel­op­ing a sense of iden­tity around what it means to be a young Chi­nese de­signer in the 21st cen­tury is won­der­ful,” says Young.

同時,Wright and Smith亦與不少嶄露頭角的設計師合作,而Keren Zhang正是一例。為了環保和道德原因,這名北京設計師借鑒了多達2000年的中國點翠工藝並使用手工羽毛將之重新塑形鑲嵌進容器的表面,打造簡單典雅的茶葉盒、茶几、茶杯和茶壺等一系列茶具。精緻的點翠手工裝嵌在石塊建造的桌子上,成功活現唐朝文人雅士品茶的效果和文化。Young認為:「參照中國歷史創作不僅能幫助年輕一代了解根源,也能反映21世紀的新晉設計師詮釋傳統文化的想法。」

另類傳統中國設計師Keren Zhang將點翠工藝完美展現在今日設計。

TURN­ING TRA­DI­TION Chi­nese de­signer Keren Zhang brings the in­tri­cate, an­cient art of 'dot­ting with king­fish­ers' into the present day.

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