Aric Chen

De­sign cu­ra­tor, Shang­hai

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An up­bring­ing in Chicago (‘where de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture were prac­ti­cally in the wa­ter’), an ed­u­ca­tion at Berke­ley and Par­sons, and the ex­pe­ri­ences of in­au­gu­rat­ing 100% De­sign Shang­hai and Bei­jing De­sign Week made Chen the most sought-af­ter de­sign cu­ra­tor travers­ing the Chi­nese- and English-speak­ing worlds. An erst­while Wall­pa­per* con­trib­u­tor, Chen is cur­rently cu­ra­tor-at-large at M+, the soon-to-open mu­seum of vis­ual cul­ture in Hong Kong. This year he has also worked on the De­sign Mu­seum’s ‘De­signs of the Year’ ex­hi­bi­tion in Lon­don, ex­plor­ing ‘the breadth, di­ver­sity and tal­ent that makes de­sign so re­spon­sive to the chal­lenges we’re fac­ing to­day’. Chen prefers con­tem­po­rary ho­tels that ‘aren’t try­ing too hard, that feel nat­u­ral’. His favourite ho­tel-re­lated mem­ory dates from the mid-1980s, when he went to visit his grand­fa­ther who was on a work trip to New York. ‘I think it was the UN Plaza – it was all mir­rors, chrome, and daz­zling pot­ted plants,’ he re­calls. ‘It felt like the most glam­orous place in the world.’ TFC

80,000-100,000 miles flown per year 20-25 trips taken per year 25-30 ho­tels vis­ited per year

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