Nicely Made in China

China news on quality products, lifestyle, design and services.

« JIA-Inc » / HOMEWARE PRODUCTS

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JIA-Inc has been successfully established on the international scene for a few years now. During that time JIA-Inc has carved out a niche for itself with its special mix of Chinese and foreign designed home ware.  Nicely Made in China (NMiC) wanted to know more about the Hong Kong based brand, and what makes president and founder Christopher Lin tick. Read the rest of this entry »

40 UNDER 40 / PERSPECTIVE AWARDS

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Nicely Made in China is proud to announce that last night ceramic and porcelain makers Julie Progin and her partner Jesse McLin from Latitude, achieved recognition from the industry by being among the 40 winners of the Perspective magazine « 40 under 40″ competition 2011 which celebrates excellence in the fields of architecture, interiors and product design.

NMiC featured Julie and Jesse in an article last November.

SANITOV / E-CARGO BICYCLE

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The global village, first described in Wyndham Lewis’s work and later popularized by Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian philosopher (among other things), is now more than ever a reality. These days, China, also aptly called the Middle Kingdom, plays the role of the place du village of that global village – the place where everybody meets to see what’s new and interesting. A few years ago, doing just that,  Alexander Host, a young Danish designer, arrived from Copenhagen on the Trans-Siberian railway, in search of inspiration for a fashion project and came back with…a bike! In the following interview Alexander tells Nicely Made in China (NMiC) about Sanitov, and how the coolest « san lun che » (三轮车) came to life. Read the rest of this entry »

NERI & HU ARCHITECTS-DESIGNERS

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Surfing the internet recently in search of new ideas, Nicely Made in China (NMiC) came upon a beautifully elegant tea set.  We managed to track down the designers, and were delighted to discover they produce a whole host of other desirable well-designed items.

This week Nicely Made in China is happy to introduce Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, architects and designers. Lyndon was born in the Philippines and educated in the US – a Harvard graduate.  Rossana comes from Taiwan and is a Princeton graduate.  The couple who now works for prestigious design companies like bd barcelona, moooi, meritalia and swarovski give NMiC readers an insight into what China has in store in the coming years with regard to design and architecture. Read the rest of this entry »

DAYE-INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

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Once again, design takes centre stage for Nicely Made in China’s weekly feature.  Mr Li Zetian was born in 1977 in Hebei, the province which surrounds Beijing.  He began his professional life as a graphic designer and went on to build one of the major product design companies in Foshan, Guangdong province, in Southern China. Read the rest of this entry »

DANNY FANG – PRODUCT DESIGN

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This week Nicely Made in China’s (NMiC) delivery brings us back to Hong Kong, a city which could well be dubbed ‘the city of design’ as it is literally teeming with interesting designers.Danny Fang, as his name does not suggest, is Dutch. Danny’s great grandfather was Chinese, although Danny grew up in Amsterdam and graduated from the Eindhoven Design Academy in The Netherlands in 1998. He decided to move to Hong Kong in 2006 after spending 6 years at the studio of the renowned Marcel Wanders. In answering NMiC questions, he talked about good design, employee shortage in the Pearl river delta and Western misconceptions about China. Read the rest of this entry »

LATITUDE / PORCELAIN

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This week Nicely Made in China (NMiC) presents a couple who has decided to take on one of China’s traditional crafts – porcelain. Born into a Hong Kong-based Swiss family, Julie Progin and her American husband Jesse McLin, have recently created Latitude Design Studio, a young and promising company. In a double interview they tell NMiC about setting up and working with an artisan community in Jingdezhen. Read the rest of this entry »

DESIGN MVW

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For this week’s article Nicely Made in China (NMiC) stays in Shanghai to introduce a Franco-Chinese couple: Virginie Moriette, a French architect who graduated from l’Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette and her husband Xu Ming, a designer/interior architect who graduated from E.S.A.G Penninghen in Paris. They run their own company Design MVW based in Shanghai.   NMiC interviewed Virginie who talks about what defines life in Shanghai in 2010: high energy, harmony, nature and the Shanghai urban environment. Read the rest of this entry »

SEAN DIX / ARCHITECT & DESIGNER

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Design, among other things, is increasingly part of our daily lives. Having said that, it has been a while since Nicely Made in China (NMiC) presented a designer. So, this week NMiC is happy to introduce Hong Kong-based American architect-designer Sean Dix. After years spent in Fiji, Micronesia and the Philippines (in his youth) and later, many years spent working in Europe (Milan), Sean decided that Asia was the place to be.  In 2008 he landed at Chek Lap Kok with family in tow. He recently spoke with NMiC, discussing his influences and what it is like to work in this part of the world. Read the rest of this entry »

MALILIAN-FURNITURE DESIGN

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Nicely Made in China today presents a non-traditional furniture designer: Marianne Friese, owner and designer of  Malilian. German by birth Marianne arrived in China in 2001. Since 1988 she has been leading two lives: consultant and communications specialist 12 hours a day she turns into a sofa designer the other 12. NMiC caught her in the sweltering warehouse of the Beijing master upholsterer she works with where she was checking the quality of her latest creations before delivering them personally to their new homes.

Marianne, how did this all begin?

My first sofa was made in 1988 in Los Angeles where I was living. I wanted to buy one for my home and could not find anything I liked. A friend introduced me to a Mexican Read the rest of this entry »