Sunday, 11 May 2008

HOT: China Design Now, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington

Another fanastic exhibition from the V&A (and thanks to Huy). China Design Now covers the gamut of design mediums (graphic poster art, pop magazines, CD covers, fashion and architecture) interpreting, whether consciously or subconsciously, a single theme: the translation of an Eastern design aesthetic in an increasingly Western world. For me, the most interesting aspects: the added layer of meaning which Chinese pictograms gave to graphic art; the stark contrast in the aspirations and living conditions between the rich and poor of Shangahi; and the dynamism of new Beijing architecture.

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