4 Chinese Design Projects (Week 5)

#1  Sky Soho



Shanghai China

Zaha Hadid

Sky SOHO is an attention demanding structure and incorporates office space and retail destination.  It is located close to Hongqiao Transportation Hub near Shanghai’s city centre and Hongqiao.Airport.

The thematic “courtyards” challenge the traditional Chinese style of courtyards while representing distinct clusters of activities and create open, flowing public spaces.

Due to be completed in 2014.

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#2 Digital Furniture.



Designer Zhang Zhoujie has developed a unique digital furniture concept that breaks away from all the conventional designs.  His inspiration for this project came from the Taoist concept of “action through inaction”.

His current projects ‘Triangulation’ and ‘Simulation’ are customised and handmade furniture that is shaped from a measuring tool constructed specifically by Zhang that is able to collect data regarding the client’s desired shape, import it and process it into a digital model.  Hence the ‘action through inaction’, thus all the products produced are unique.

Has one studio in the centre of Shanghai and one on the outskirts of the city in a popular student area.  These ‘Digital Studios’ are where this furniture is produced.

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#3 Intertwined



These creative stools were developed by Chinese design studio ‘Kan & Lau Design’.   As can be seen, this project features the two intertwined stools, in which one of which shyly “hugs” the second by the leg.

There are two colour variations; black&white and black&wood.

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#4  Philips Traditional Chinese Health.



There is much to learn from traditional Chinese health keeping philosophy, and Philips has realised and developed a product that contains traditional Chinese health care and is also accepted in modern society.

The design brief for Philips consisted of:

 Main opportunities :

1.Can we design a product that can lead them to exercise their body everyday?

2. From the elderly we know China has many old health keeping method, how to develop them and can we connect them to design?

Product Introduction:

“Pushy” and “Knockie” belong to our Smart Health Care Family, both of which can improve your physical health conditions according to Chinese Acupressure. We hope to design a series of products that contain both Chinese ancient wisdom and modern technology and keep everyone living longer and living better.

“Pushy” is a nose massager. During the massage, the friction will gradually create heat which will stay at a most comfortable temperature. People can simply hold it with two fingers and then massage their nose around Ying Xiang point. It will keep people away from many diseases including catching cold.

“Knockie” is a pat hammer. The product has 3 massage modes such as heating mode, multi-touch mode and rotating mode. By using it, users can release stresses on their shoulders, legs and feet. Both products can record the frequency of massage every time and suggest users with the most suitable frequency for them. Users can simply recharge the products using the charging base. They can also remind users to use them automatically when necessary.




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