London's Victoria And Albert Museum brings it's spring exhibition, China Design Now; the first in the UK to explore the recent explosion of new design in China, from the 2008 Olympic stadium to the most interesting fashion and graphics.
China Design Now places exhibits in the context of China's social, cultural and economic reforms over the last 25 years, providing both a critical survey and a narrative that enables visitors to see how China's new design and consumer culture has developed, what its driving forces are and where it is going. China Design Now will include case studies of influential individuals, companies and organisations that have played an important role in shaping aspirations in today's China.
The exhibition captures a dynamic phase as China opens up to global influences, and looks at developments in three rapidly expanding cities - Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. It will display the work of Chinese and international designers, focussing on architecture, fashion, youth culture and graphics as well as film, photography, product and furniture design and digital media.
The exhibition will be on view from 15 March to 13 July 2008.
Fellow Design21 member, Niti Bhan, commented on the forthcoming exhibition over at Core77 last week.