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