DESIGN SHANGHAI: FREE IMAGINATION
Architectural spaces are no longer about sheltering from nature, but rather about using ecological green design to integrate into the surrounding natural environment.
今年更是首次联合URBAN MATTERS by MINI 策划“Urban [email protected]安福路”，旨在打造“Design Shanghai in the City”的全新概念，联动全城给设计爱好者们带来独特和交融的设计文化体验，共同激发无界新意。
In 2018, 400 brands, galleries and designers from 30 different countries and regions turned out at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, covering an exhibition area of 25,000 square metres that revealed over 1,000 cutting-edge products.
During the four-day display, Design Shanghai 2018 organized 50 seminars and talks, four design trend forecasts and 20 bespoke installations, not to mention exclusive networking events discussing both global and local design trends.
For Design Festival [email protected], an event in cooperation with the city’s exclusive downtown urban hub, Design Shanghai 2018 set a theme of ‘Social Times’, which is set to showcase interactive devices of designers from all over the world. The organizers have also created a Design Shanghai bus tour to coincide with the event.
The Urban [email protected] Road event sees a first-time cooperation with URBAN MATTERS by MINI. Here Design Shanghai aimed to create a new idea of ‘Design Shanghai in the city’, and a special experience that fuses design with culture.
VANTAGE magazine talked with three renowned interior designers to share with you their fascinating ethos.
《贵在上海》：您16岁的时候，就已经建立一家室内设计公司，是怎样让公司保持活力到现在的呢？ Kelly: 建立公司的时候我虽然刚过16岁，但觉得那就是我该做的事情，幸运的是，对设计的热情一直激励着我坚持到了现在。这感觉很棒，因为这一路过来还不错。如今，我还保留着对设计的初心，我想已经没有什么困难能够难倒我了。《贵在上海》：您的设计以冷静、简洁、优雅并富有创意而闻名，您怎么做到使其协调地融合在一起呢？ Kelly: 冷静、优雅源于简洁，而简洁源于冷静、优雅的设计创意。这听起来简单，但是做起来很容易钻牛角尖，过犹不及而使设计变得复杂。《贵在上海》：如何才能真正做到在设计中结合中西方文化，集古典与现代于一体？
VANTAGE: You set up your own interior design company at the age of 16, how would you describe your experience as an entrepreneur since then?
KELLY: Starting a business at 16 and a half was something I believe I was always destined to do. I’m really lucky to remain passionate about design after all these years, and to have something that inspires me daily. When I started, life was very different and I think the opportunities and demand out there now for entrepreneurs is fantastic! I think in general the experience has gone very well… 41 years later I’m still passionate, and conquering design in all ways. No stopping me!
VANTAGE: Comments say that your design style is calm, simplistic, elegant and creative, how do you incorporate these key words into your design?
KELLY: Both calm and elegance come from simplicity, which in turn allows creativity to breed calm. It is so easy, but today people show off with design by doing too much, which makes everything complicated.
VANTAGE: Your designs have Western and Eastern cultural motifs, with both classic and modern features. How do you balance such contrasting elements?
KELLY: I have always layered my textures, and believe mixing the old with the new is what creates timeless luxury. Very often, the design ideas that you don’t think will work are the most creative and successful.
Both the West and the East played a vital role in my career, and the two cultures had never been paired before, so it was certainly something different. Both inspired me equally, so why wouldn’t I learn to use them simultaneously in my designs?
VANTAGE: People often use superlatives when describing your career as an interior designer. How does that make you feel?
YANG: On the one hand, it’s a compliment for my work, but on the other it puts me under a lot of pressure. This pushes me to think carefully about how to make my next work better and better. However, it’s vital that the quality of my work speaks louder than my personal titles.
VANTAGE: What do you think about the development of industrial design in China over the years?
YANG: Recently, people have paid more attention to design in China, but it’s not enough. Modern Chinese industrial design had been stagnant, its development incomplete. We need evolutions in new technology and ideas from the West, which will allow us to integrate both Eastern and Western elements. VANTAGE: Why do you think there’s a gap between the level of Chinese and global design?
YANG: Referring to contemporary design, those that have big impact in the world are all from the West. Apple is a typical example. China still lacks representative in the field of design. I believe that industrial design and culture rely upon each other, and China isn’t strong enough in either department at the moment.
VANTAGE: How do you strike a balance between pragmatic and precise German ways of thinking with Chinese abstract style?
YANG: Designers should have a global mindset through which to observe. For example, in Tokyo you can see top-notch design ideas. What we designers need is more contact with the world. For example, one can go to Germany to learn rationality, and then combine it with Chinese cultural sensibility.
VANTAGE: As a Hospitality Design Director, Gensler, how do you balance and coordinate the design styles of different brands?
KIM: I focus on design concepts that are tailored to the performance and aesthetic needs of each project in order to make them distinctive and unique. I tend to draw on the local history, culture, and nature in order to create a project that fits within the context. My inspirations are varied, and my ideas and solutions come from a diverse tapestry of local contemporary lifestyles.
VANTAGE: Most of the hotel brands that you and your team designed are star-rated. How do you define ‘luxury’ nowadays? And how do you try to balance it with nature, ecology, comfort and practical functions of a hotel?
KIM: Your instincts are accurate that I concentrate on comfort as seen on different levels of abstraction, whether in material selection, choice of art, or operational facilities. At the core of my designs, I express the idea of luxury by creating custom, personalized guest experiences.
VANTAGE: Intelligent and smart technology is used more and more in architecture and interior design, especially in hotels. How does that influence your work?
KIM: Technology plays a large part in contemporary lifestyles; it helps make our journeys more efficient. I seek to create flexible design solutions, and technology definitely impacts the final result, giving me a wider choice of tools and approaches, especially when it is informed by our concern for sustainability.
D.B. Kim 是一位成功的设计师，领衔设计不同预算的高端项目，对酒店及产品设计领域产生了巨大的影响，并开发全球酒店品牌，工作范围涵盖餐厅、公共空间、住宅、工作空间等领域。 D.B. Kim is an accomplished design leader who has spearheaded high profile projects of all budget ranges, influenced hospitality and product design, and developed global hospitality brands that intersect with a variety of sectors.
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杨明洁杨明洁，YANG DESIGN 及羊舍创始人、福布斯中国最具影响力设计师、同济大学及南京大学客座教授。融合了德意志逻辑思考与中国人文精神的设计理念，也使得杨明洁成为众多国际品牌的合作伙伴。 Yang Mingjie is the founder of YANG DESIGN and YANG HOUSE, one of Forbes China's 30 Most Influential Designers, and guest professor at Tongji University and Nanjing University. Combining logical German thinking with Chinese aesthetics, Yang Mingjie has cooperated with numerous global brands as a strategic partner.
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