At a time when the civilizations of East and West and the characteristics of ancient and modern cultures meet, a salon on the theme of “Design without Boundaries, Integration of East and West”, organized by Z Media and CIFF Shanghai, wrote a vivid footnote for the discussion of international oriental design.
In the opinion of Femo Wong, the founder & design director of Femo Design, a post-90s emerging designer who has a collection of more than a thousand original designs from home and abroad, design is a very international language, and there is no need to forcefully attach symbols to it. The influence of oriental prospect, culture and aesthetic views on Chinese people is subtle, so the treatment of design can also be integrated, rather than being confined to certain geographical and stylistic categories.
As Zhao Wangke, the curator of China International Furniture Fair(Shanghai) and China International Building Decoration Fair (Shanghai) said, “Chinese people must be able to tell our own stories. Although for various reasons, the exhibition has been postponed or held online in the past two years, the two exhibition has never given up its insistence on design and originality. In the future, we hope to always contribute to the heritage of culture, so that more good Chinese products and brands can be seen by the world.”
“Design Without Boundaries, East Meets West”Theme Salon
Organizer: CIFF Shanghai / By Z Media
Time : 2022.09.05 – 09.08
Address : Shanghai Hongqiao – National Exhibition and Convention Center
From left: Liu Lang, Cao Chong, Huang Jianhui, Zhao Wangke, Huang Linlin, Wang Shumao
What is the Floating Life Collection?
Why do people gather at Shantang Street?
And what is the design work camp all about?
The old city, the young designers, Z Media who has visited here many times for Suzhou International Design Week, and our longtime friend Xiao Yan and Suzhou Haoduanzheng Culture. What is this group of people brewing?
When the “mysterious mission” was given, everyone was excited. Everyone was curious about what interesting stories would happen when they arrived in the name of design, and they were looking forward to the possibility of being inextricably linked to this place by design.
The moment we stepped onto the flagstone path, everything slowed down.
The old street of Suzhou, an ancient courtyard, is chanting the contemporary expression of classical Chinese garden life amidst the light of the times and the elaboration of ingenuity.
An innovative use of cultural IP and a public welfare activity while renewing the ancient house will usher in the vivid reproduction of history and the sparkling rebirth of tradition in the golden autumn.
“Floating Life Set” Design Workshop
Members: Seven groups of designers from all over China
Time : 2022.08.30-09.01
Address : Suzhou – Seven-mile-long Shantang
D2M Lab (Designers to Manufacturers Lab) is a global design trading platform initiated by Femo Wong, the founder and design director of Femo Design Studio.
This year, CIFF (Guangzhou) continues to launch the D2M Lab section in the hope that in the new production and market environment, from the design to the manufacture, they can understand and collaborate with each other more clearly without the “telescope”. The designs exhibited by Cometabolism Studio in the offline exhibition of the D2M Lab in 2021, were selected by Wang Yu, who is the founder of Galley ALL. Many of the studio’s new designs can now be seen at Galley ALL’s exhibition. This has given the initiator, Femo Wong, a deep sense of the significance of this platform, which enables resources to be effectively matched and value to be shared.
Design Bazaar, Original Design Exhibition and Design Forum are the three main parts of D2M Lab. There are 50 design bazaars, divided into online and offline modes, with the addition of several architects. The exhibition area was designed by JSD Chongqing.
Curator: Femo Wong / Founder of Femo Design
Time : 2022.07.17 – 07.20
Address: Guangzhou Pazhou Canton Fair Complex , Area B
During July 8-11, 2022, INTERNI sustainable design theme exhibition “Between Illusion And Reality” will officially meet with the public. The exhibition is co-organized by China International Building Decoration Fair(Guangzhou) and INTERNI, and consists of three sections: international classic architecture, contemporary art installations and young emerging forces, showing the new breakthroughs in architecture, art and design under the guidance of the concept of sustainable development and the new heights reached in the “beauty of illusion and reality”.
The traditional architecture and art of the beauty of the illusion and reality are mostly focused on the modelling, forming an interaction between the “illusive space” and the “real subject”, making the viewer feel the beauty of the ethereal with the purity of geometry and the openness of space. It also allows people to experience the aesthetic spirit while experiencing a more profound meaning.
In contemporary times, people from all walks of life are constantly exploring sustainable development topics such as energy consumption reduction, space utilization, material recycling, intelligent systems, cultural rejuvenation, passive energy strategies, and reduction of carbon printing in the production process…… Architects, designers, and artists have gained more knowledge and enlightenment, constantly enriching and surpassing the meaning of the “beauty of illusion and reality”, creating more classic works.
We marvel at the belief and power of the creators: if “illusion” is the magnificent imagination of the human home and the groundbreaking solutions to major human issues, “reality” is the continuous exploration of cutting-edge technologies, materials and structures and their applications. The pioneers are constantly reaping the surprises of both thoughts and practice.
INTERNI “Between Illusion And Reality” Design Theme Exhibition
Organizer:China International Building Decoration Fair(Guangzhou) / INTERNI
Time : 2022.07.08 – 07.11
Address : Guangzhou – Canton Fair Complex B Area 11.2 Conference Forum Area
The 3rd “Design Spring” Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design Fair in 2022 is held under epidemic prevention and control once again. We are very looking forward to this top event of Chinese original design.
The largest area of the show is the “Pin Alliance” area. With the main brands of Chinese original design as the core, there are a total of 34 brands this year, accounting for 60% of the total area, in which the old brands still maintain their mature vitality, such as “Hao Style”, “Yi Fang”, “U+”, “Camerich”, “Ziin Life”, “Pu Su”, “Zizao She” “HC28”, “Cha Hui ”, “FRANK CHOU” and so on.
Last year, Chi Wing Lo’s bamboo forest, Shen Bahong’s courtyard, and Zhu Hui’s miniature architecture are still fresh in our minds, and we are looking forward to what kind of poetry and images they will bring this year.
And, almost all of the brands will exclusively launch their latest design concepts and achievements here.
This is also the core competitiveness of some important international design fair, and “Design Spring” Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design Fair is gradually becoming the most important new product release platform for Chinese original brands.
“Design Spring” Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design Fair
Organizer: CIFF Guangzhou
Time : 2022.03.18 – 03.21
Address : Hall 6.1-8.1, Zone A, Canton Fair Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou
China is a big manufacturing country, and Quanzhou is the birthplace of the Maritime Silk Road, which has been an important international trade port since ancient times. Based on this, Nan’an is the second largest pan-home industry concentration in China, with stone, plumbing, bathroom, metal, tile, carving art, tea sets and other industrial clusters, which is in the key period of upgrading “Made in China” to “Intelligent manufacturing in China” and “Good life”.
Shuitou, is “the port of water transport goods distribution”, south to “Shijing”, north to “Guanqiao”, and has become involved with “stone” and “commerce” throughout history. The stone industry in Shuitou has long been in an unshakable status as a pillar industry. Shuitou is also the world’s most concentrated, the most active, the most complete industry chain and the largest stone trade capital, which is known as “world stone city”.
Based in the stone capital of the world – Shuitou, focusing on the world, China (Nan’an) Shuitou International Stone Fair and Stone Design Week after 22 years of development, has grown into one of the world’s most authoritative, the most comprehensive, the most commercial value of stone professional exhibition in stone industry, for the world’s public buildings, private homes and other types of projects to choose materials, for stone wholesalers, real estate, cultural tourism, designers, consumers and other comprehensive demand side to provide one-stop solutions.
In 2019, Shuitou International Stone Fair was upgraded to “Stone Design Week”, catering to the trend of the times and the new wave of consumption, which made a comprehensive shift to “design” as the driving force of the industry, and mine integration, intelligent manufacturing of technology, mode of communion, marketing innovation as the main content. 2021 China (Nan’an) Shuitou International Stone Fair and Stone Design Week has a total exhibition area of 85,000 square meters, and establishes a permanent design IP zone in addition to the trade exhibition area to help the flourishing development of “industry + design”.
Tide Stone Design Shop
Curator : Femo Wong / Guo Kunzhong
Time : 2021.12.26 – 12.29
Address : China Nan’an – Shuitou Stone Industry Exhibition and Operation Center
The first Greater Bay Area Fashion Home Design Week has come to an end, which is part of the the 50+50 Original Furniture Design Exhibition under the 10+ Theme and Brand Exhibition, selects 50 outstanding classic chairs from abroad and 50 representative chairs from China, so that the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures can produce more excitement, and also show the power of Chinese product designers at the moment.
For the Greater Bay Area Fashion Home Design Week, we launched the “50+50 for Sitting·Chair Exhibition” at the exhibition, what is “50+50”?
In fact, we selected 50 outstanding classic chairs from abroad and 50 representative chairs from China, so that the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures can produce more excitement, and also show the power of Chinese product designers at the moment.
With the rapid development of the times, Chinese designers are becoming more and more outstanding, and some young product designers are emerging one after another. We finally selected 50 personalized original product designs through a nationwide invitation and selection.
The purpose of the theme exhibition is to drive Chinese design power, so that Chinese furniture manufacturers can also discover excellent designers from them. At the same time, they can also produce more excellent furniture works through cooperation with designers to meet the living furniture choices of the current society and attract more people to pay for Chinese originality.
We hope that the 50+50 Original Furniture Design Week of the Greater Bay Area Fashion Home Design Week will produce a different phenomenon every year, focusing on the points of interest of the design week. In the future, we also hope to bring our products to European exhibitions as a way to present the current design power, and push for the discovery of Chinese design power.
50+50 Original Furniture Design Exhibition
Curator : Femo Wong / Gary Zeng
Time : 2021.10.22 – 10.24
Address: China – Guzhen – Lihe Lighting Expo Center
After the Shanghai exhibition in September 2019, professor Chi Wing Lo, took the 25 participants of the exhibition to start the work of writing the book manuscript. During this period, which experienced the global outbreak of the epidemic, all the details of the books’ text, pictures and design were communicated online. This paragraph of wechat-style text spans across Eurasia, recording the words exchanged between the teacher and students and this extraordinary time.
Designing Woodman’s Alley–new book debut
Author : Chi Wing Lo
Time : September 25, 2021, 14:00
Address: ideaPod Guomao (1st Floor, Building 3, Lang Yuan, Chaoyang District, Beijing)
Back to the origin of design, design, manufacturing, life, industry, industry and future trends are twisted together. With years of accumulated professionalism and a sharp and keen eye, Femo Wong and Qili Chen try their best to discover each individual worth exploring, help them release their potential value and present it accurately. Meanwhile,let more companies have the opportunity to deeply understand the value and driving forces of design, and find the direction for their product development.
With ordinary but extraordinary expectations, D2M Lab’s actions are also sustainable. On the one hand, it pushes more outstanding domestic designers to the forefront and draws outstanding foreign designers to China to expand their business; on the other hand, it makes up for the design shortcomings of Chinese factories, thus accelerating the transformation of the domestic manufacturing industry.
From the niche to the masses, from the palace to the usual, original design has undergone a baptism from creation to reality in the long river of time, now is more grounded and in need of fertile soil to nurture new life.
Curator : Femo Wong / Qili Chen
Time : 2021.03.18 – 03.21
Address: Guangzhou Pazhou Canton Fair Complex, Area B
The “China Emerging Chinese Designer” launched by AD and the design event “ Design Shanghai ” is celebrating its 6th edition. From the hundreds of applications, we have discovered the increasingly rich and diversified aspects of China’s young design power. After careful selection by the jury, the top 10 of “ China Emerging Chinese Designer 2020 ” were finally born!
When the home furnishing market tends to be saturated, the design focusing on the “ first look ” will only be fleeting; when artificial intelligence penetrates the traditional styling design, standing at the starting point of 2020, we try to ask: what is the role of future designers? Some people go deep into the manufacturing process, exploring new possibilities of traditional processes and materials; some people invest in new technologies, allowing engineering and technology to blossom through emotional design…… They no longer chase dogmatic standard answers, and grow their own design models in the new world culture. Their design faces are new, profound and long-term.
Emerging Chinese Designer 2020
Curator : Atlas Studio
Time : 2020.11.26 – 11.29
Address: Booth C102, Hall 1, Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center
Inside most of us, there has a chair which is ” full of ideals and warmth “, it can be large or small, tangible and intangible. Chair for human beings is an indispensable living appliance, which plays an irreplaceable role in both work and life.
In ancient times in the West, the chair was regarded as a luxury, only the nobility can have, until the nineteenth century, the chair into the ordinary family. In China, the name ” chair ” first appeared in the Tang Dynasty. At that time,the Han people footstool or high back chair were more common, the name of the chair has appeared, but not yet completely separated from the concept of the bed.
As the hopes that humans place on their lives change, chair types are also evolving, the chairs produced by designers, from the appearance to the body, from practicality, beauty to durability have been a rapid change. The changes of time take away the anonymous, leaving behind the classic and eternity.
Time flies. The world is changing, only the person having a dream can sit while watching vicissitudes of life, not pleased by external gains, not saddened by personal losses. May each person’s heart has a ” chair ” of their own, which can withstand the storms of life, sit and enjoy the comfortable ” chair “, both to warm themselves and others.
Watching vicissitudes of life while sitting on a chair
Curator : Liang Jianguo / Zhang Huanrong / Femo Wong
Time : 2020.10.18 – 11.15
Address: W301/W302 of 3rd Floor, West Side of No.1588 Riverside Promenade, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
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The epitome of architecture, the witness of the times, the crystallization of culture, and the expression of aesthetics…… Between the fusion of craftsmanship, structure, material and design, the temperature of people and the world are interacted.
Many grand and distant keywords are condensed in a chair. When you think about the value and meaning it carries, it is not just ” sitting ” so simple – to stimulate design thinking, to promote material innovation, to drive technological progress…… Maybe it is also an important milestone in the process of the advancement of human civilization.
From August 18 to 22, The 43/44th International Famous Furniture Fair( Dongguan ) will open in Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center. In the new IP theme exhibition area ” Design Guan ” in the famous furniture exhibition, ” Reduced-Scale Architecture ” collection exhibition will debut collectively with 120 unique collection of single chairs.
Curator : Femo Wong / Founder of Femo Design
Time : 2020.08.18 – 08.22
Address: Dongguan Houjie – Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center Hall 1.2
In September 2019, Femo Design brought studio’s masterpieces to meet you at the Youth Bazaar, one of the theme exhibitions of the Shanghai East Design Show. As a studio with a modern design style, we give serious consideration to this tone in the process of selecting our products, as well as combining it with this year’s theme – ” The Chairs We Seat and Design Those Years “.
Shanghai East Design Show
Curator : Zhu Xiaojie / Hou Zhengguang
Time : 2019.09.08-09.11
Address: Shanghai Hongqiao – National Exhibition and Convention Center
On January 7, 2018, ” Five Senses Awakening “, a group exhibition gathering more than 30 emerging Chinese designers, will open at the teamLab Borderless in Zhuhai, just two hours away from Shenzhen. The exhibition includes six sections: furniture, products, jewelry, vessels, sculpture decoration , and media, attempting to develop a relatively independent design system in the context of contemporary Chinese society, from the comprehensive concept of ” design “.
It is true that the ” design ” we are talking about today is an imported goods, originating from the West in the early 20th century. ” The shift from traditional applied art to modern design marked a break with tradition and a radical paradigm shift. ” Art historian Boris Groys sharply pointed out that this ” paradigm shift ” is often overlooked. Instead, ” design is often understood as an epiphany about the omnipresent market, exchange value, commodity fetishism, landscape society – because it creates a seductive surface behind which things themselves become not only invisible, but disappear altogether. “
Five Senses Awakening
Curator : Li Liping / Qu zheng / Tang Zhiwen
Time : 2018.01.07 – 2018.02.01
Address: Zhuhai teamLab Borderless