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Surfing the New World of Art and Craft Which Full of Potential


-The portrait of the pioneering strength in contemporary design and culture
-The second exhibition in the main exhibition hall of Design Society
-Over 50 exhibitors, more than 100 works and large-scale space
-Four themes: The vitality of traditional crafts, Craft methodology, Investment in new technologies, Craft Idealism
-Surfing the new world of art and craft which full of potential


Craft: The Reset is a large scale exhibition about the reawakening of crafts in contemporary design and society. Following the inaugural exhibition Minding the Digital on the impact of digital innovation about human society’s at Design Society’s Main Gallery, it investigates the widening possibilities of crafts as an equally important creative impulse for China’s future innovation.

Approaching crafts from four distinct angles, Craft: The Reset evaluates how creative practices are reinvigorating crafts from within, using this medium as an interface to engage with larger themes in contemporary society. It explores how designers create new lifestyles with crafts. In this context, we ask how designers are relating to the past through traditional crafts, how they are engaging with materials, how crafts are being innovated or are a channel for new innovation, and how crafts represent a new idealism and responsibility. Each section shows how designers are thinking through crafts, showing a new spirit or attitude towards detail, time, culture, skill, value and connection.


Craft Revival

Traditional crafts passed down through the generations, studying them is also a way of learning from the past. We can transform skills, problem solving methods and material knowledge involved in craftsmanship into inspirations for different creative industries. Unfortunately, a decline in the traditional craft was inevitable due to the wave of large-scale industrialization and the lack of traditional craft education for young people.

In recent years, pioneers in creative industries studied the aesthetic value, ideological connotation and identity in traditional crafts and applied it into contemporary design practices. Their products have raised the design industries’ awareness on Chinese cultural heritage. Therefore, awakened designers who understand the value of traditional crafts can ensure the survival of traditional crafts.

Many cutting-edge designers and brands are dedicated to explore the possibilities of transforming traditional crafts. New distribution channels and Internet platforms act as the medium between traditional crafts and the public, which give the next generation of craftsmen more power to inherit and innovate.

This section includes seven pioneering designers who inherit traditional craftsmanship and five cutting-edge designers who are passionate about retaining traditional craftsmanship.

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KANJIAN · Harken the Landscape Box

KANJIAN x Shen Baohong  


 Wood, copper and leather

Harken the Landscape Box features three wooden containers, referencing the elegance of the Jiangnan region. It is a limited-edition artwork of Chinese wood and copper craftsmanship, specially designed by Chinese furniture designer Shen Baohong. It uses traditional mortise and tenon joints. This special technique highlights the beauty of the wood itself and shows the level of craftsmanship involved. Polished repeatedly before finalized, all works are durable and resistant to daily usage without crack or deformation.


Hangzhou stool

Chen Min  2013-2015 Bamboo

The Hangzhou Stool is a simple, compact chair made of bamboo veneers, referencing the ripples on Hangzhou’s famous lake and expressing its relaxed atmosphere.The Hangzhou Stool consists of 16 layers of bamboo veneer of 0.9 mm thickness, each a different length.

They are bent in an arc and glued together, combined at the two ends by a single bamboo stick. The veneer’s flexibility offers comfortable seating. The more weight the stool receives, the deeper the arc bends in the center, giving more elasticity.



Ma Chuan 2016 Paper

FLUX is a lamp inspired by ancient Chinese fans. Its changing shape emits varying shades of light. The designer cooperated with craftsmen to develop a material suitable to her design, combining ancient techniques with new approaches. The lamp shade is made of layered Xuan paper and silk, also used in traditional Chinese scrolls. Its flexible, smooth surface and soft texture help diffuse the light, creating a warm and gentle atmosphere and evoking a sense of elegance when turning.

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Event Details

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 10:00am - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:00pm
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Early Bird Tickets: 35RMB; Full Ticket: 50RMB; Concession Ticket: 25RMB;
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