China Design Centre worked with Bicester Village to provide furnishings and gifts for the first-ever Chinese designer pop-up boutique ‘Celebrating China’ at the Oxfordshire-based shopping destination. The special event is to celebrate China’s most important holiday, Chinese New Year.
Curated exclusively by leading fashion influencer Susie Bubble, this pop-up boutique features a unique edit of 10 cutting-edge young Chinese designers and opens exclusively at Bicester Village until Sunday 17 February 2019. The names includes Huishan Zhang, Ryan Lo, Anaïs Jourden, Mukzin, I Am Chen, Marie Yat, Xu Zhi, Matter Matter, Yang Li and Snow Xue Gao; all leading lights on the catwalks of global fashion weeks and many recipients of the world’s most prestigious new-talent awards.
“Chinese designers have come into their own in the last few years with so many graduating from the world’s top fashion schools, launching their own labels and showcasing these in London, New York and Paris. Their work covers the spectrum of aesthetics and extends far beyond their own cultural parameters. It’s a really exciting time for young Chinese designers today,” says Susie Bubble, AKA Susie Lau, whose immensely popular blog Style Bubble firmly established the writer-editor as a respected voice on the British fashion scene.
Susie Bubble with the designers
Furniture on exhibition includes ‘Tree Chair’ by Zhilong Zheng, ‘Yuanyuan Armchair’ by Zhigang Lu, and ‘Stool’ by Tianyi Shi.
YUANYUAN ARMCHAIR by ZHIGANG LU
In addition, China Design Centre also invited Zhenpeng Fang, the industrial designer, architect and artist to create the gift for VIP guests: ‘5 Lucky Piglets’ ceramic collection. This collection was inspired by the five blessings (Wufu) described in the Book of Documents (Shujing, one of the Five Classics of ancient Chinese literature): health, wealth, long life, love of virtue and peaceful death; the term ‘Wufu’ later becomes a common auspicious word in Chinese culture. Fang tried to think of the piglets as more than just a pig, by putting them into different emotions, giving them a new possibility to have more movements and adding playfulness.
5 LUCKY PIGLETS by ZHENPENG FANG
Event photos by Bicester Village