René Chen Nina Kong
May 23, 2019

What China's changing design aesthetic tells us

After decades without a quintessential, representative design sense, modern China has a spirit so acute and unique that it can finally be captured through design.

When I close my eyes and think of China, this is what I see Swirling dragons and sweeping calligraphy. Elegant, refined porcelain. Extravagant architecture from dynasties past.

Fast forward to the 20th century. I’m surrounded by walls covered with propaganda posters and a sea of bicycles. I walk along streets lined with imitation logos, bumping shoulders with people carrying fake LV bags.

Then suddenly I’m transported to modern times. Bright, dazzling ads...

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