“Made in China” used to carry a negative connotation – but that has turned around in recent times. In fact, iconic landmarks by famous architects like Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, as well as buildings from museums to high-end hotels, tend to draw inspiration from Chinese design and culture. There is much to be explored in the realm of China’s flourishing creative landscape.
As the industry moves towards a post-pandemic era – one that continues to see change unfold at seemingly lightning speed – the agility and innovation of Chinese design are proving more significant than ever in the transformation of our world, which has changed irrevocably since the start of the year, and led to us viewing the findings presented here in a very different light.
However, one thing still stands: in 2020 and beyond, China remains an imposing presence on the world and we are privileged to be a witness to this. In this report, CatchOn, a Finn Partners Company, evaluates the trends shaping the state of design in China and the extraordinary architects, designers, creatives, and tastemakers leading the charge.