Made in China(town) By Vancouver Design Bureau
Exhibition: June 2 – 29, 2013
Opening: Saturday, June 8, 5 – 7 pm
At the Hall of One Hundred Rivers
Event: Made In China(town) Instagram Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, June 15, 2 – 4 pm / By donation
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The Made in China(town) exhibit brings together 15 local designers responding to the urban renewal of historic Chinatown in Vancouver, British Columbia. The majority of the participating designers have practices situated in Chinatown, implicating them as stakeholders in the changing face of this neighbourhood. The project aims to display, discuss and develop the varying perspectives of cultural modernization and preservation in the area.Vancouver Design Bureau is an organization encouraging the development and appreciation of local design through themed-based exhibitions and presentations. The mission is to grow and diversify creative communities while maintaining an uncompromising commitment to celebrating design work created locally in Vancouver. A collective of designers, architects and business owners currently operate VDB helping make the organization a relevant, responsive and responsible partner in the cultural and economic development of the design industry in Vancouver.
A site-specific installation Perched-in-Chinatown brings the exhibition into Garden’s outdoor space. This work features 9 unique birdhouses engagingly interspersed among the architectural and horticultural elements of this famous garden. Take a tour of the garden and discover how these design objects can augment or mediate your experience of this elegantly cultivated space.
Shumpei Kato was born in Yokohama Japan in 1987 and moved to Vancouver Canada in 2006. He graduated from Emily Carr University with Bachelor of Design, majored in Industrial Design in 2010. Since then, he has been exploring the ways to harmonize design and cultural background.
Andrew Siu has a Bachelor of Management and a Bachelor of Design. He currently sits on the board of the grunt gallery and has exhibited his design work across North America.
Diane Espiritu left Winnipeg, Manitoba for Vancouver in 2005 to pursue the discipline of Industrial Design. In 2011, she and her husband founded Espiritu Design Studio in the historic Chinatown district. She specializes in functional and architectural Ceramic Design as well as Soft Product Design.
Jacky Ling is an award winning Chinese-Canadian interdisciplinary designer. He has taken top honors at, the Dieline Packaging Design Awards and the Core77 Design Awards, international competitions. Ling is a keen observer of cultural crossroads and integrates his insight and intention through design & interaction.
Jeffrey Liu is an industrial designer based in Vancouver. He specializes in furniture and consumer products. He has a passion for integrating and mixing different mediums to create meaningful designs.
Nick Santillan is an Emily Carr 2010 graduate working as an in-house industrial designer for Herschel Supply Co, and worked on furniture and interior spaces such as Revolver Coffee, Meat & Bread and Pidgin. His design usually mixes various materials, often wood and metal, into unique combinations.
Caylee Raber is a designer currently working within the field of healthcare. She is passionate about the role that design thinking and design methods can play in creating positive social change.
Angel Dawn is an industrial designer with a background in fashion. Currently practicing in Vancouver, Angel’s focus is on textiles and soft products with a keen interest in furniture design.
Joe Kenworthy is an Industrial Designer based in Vancouver. He is a design graduate from Emily Carr specializing in wood, metal and soft products, product design, and branding. He also has experience with rendering programs such as Rhino and Solidworks.
Jonathan Igharas is the co-founder of Makeuse Studio, a multidisciplinary art and design studio based in Vancouver. His practice focuses on (re)exploring artifacts to create audio, visual, tactile and spatial experiences.
Contexture Design is Nathan Lee and Trevor Coghill. Their work emphasizes simple, elegant and sustainable design, and is often inspired by materials with historical, cultural or environmental significance.
Angus Wong is a design enthusiast who enjoys the simple things. He has a dog and likes to eat.
Ryan Nussbacher is a graduate of Pratt Institute and Emily Carr University. He lives and works in Vancouver as co-founder of OOCO Design in Chinatown. His design method consists of critical and systems thinking and is guided by empathy
Andrew Wong graduated Emily Carr University in 2012. He has been involved in various projects from designing outdoor furniture to rethinking watering systems for orchids. His current interest lies in questioning the origin of source material, from an aesthetic and sustainable point of view.
Ian Simpson is studying with the Faculty of Education at UBC and is interested in creating behavioural changes towards post consumer content by recycling and reproducing with cork bottle stoppers.
Images by Vancouver Design Bureau
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