Architecture firm reminds us what Chinese design was historically about through everyday cultural objects.

Back in 2011, T Magazine, the NY Times’ style magazine interviewed Aric Chen, a reputable Chinese-American design curator, and asked him about the stereotype that Made in China means poor quality. He replied by saying that:

We know the clichés — that the Chinese only copy, that they’re just following Western trends. There’s an element of truth to that, but the opposite is true as well. There’s a strong desire here and a lot of energy, coming from all levels, to develop something new and on one’s own. When I first arrived, there was a huge interest in defining “Chinese design,” and in just three years, I’ve seen that evolve from reinterpreting traditional motifs to a much more sophisticated sense of what it means to be Chinese. If creativity, by definition, requires optimism, China has optimism in spades and I’m confident that the creativity will follow.

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