In pictures: Four pieces from a new generation of Chinese designers
Special to The Globe and Mail
Barely a decade ago the term “Chinese designer” was a misnomer. European brands, led by IKEA, dominated the retail landscape. Anything local was either antiquated or ripped off. Homewares, largely hidden behind closed doors, weren’t considered conspicuous enough to invest in. Copycats no more, a new generation of creatives is transforming China’s largest city into a breeding ground for original, innovative home designers. With universities like Shanghai’s Jiao Tong now offering streams in industrial and digital design – and visas to study in London, Paris and New York more common than ever – young Chinese are becoming competitive forces in an industry once dominated in the East by the Koreans and Japanese.