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Product design alumni represent NTU at creative exhibition in China

Every year, China Design Centre (CDC) organises a series of exhibitions, events and talks in both the UK and China, working with various international partners to engage creative communities around the globe.

Designs by Joe Parker, Richard Chapman, Bill Holding, Ben Cox, Alex Taylor
Designs by Joe Parker, Richard Chapman, Bill Holding, Ben Cox and Alex Taylor

Hosted by the Beijing Times Art Museum and CDC, ‘PLAY! DESIGN’ is a celebration of China’s top emerging design talent. This year, the exhibition established a real emotional connection between design and the audience in the context of “playing”.

Designs by Joe Parker-Richard Chapman-Bill Holding-Ben Cox
Designs by Joe Parker, Richard Chapman, Bill Holding, and Ben Cox

By creating and designing for pleasure rather than work, designers are able to fully enjoy the creation of colours, shapes and materials that are influenced by different identities, cultures, and lifestyles.

More than one hundred young designers from China and abroad presented their unique designs of furniture, products, textiles, interactions and installations, focusing on topics such as design and daily life, and design and the emotional experience.

Nottingham Trent University’s Senior Lecturer Grant Baker presented work from BA (Hons) Product Design and BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design alumni Richard Chapman, Oli Hrubiak, Joe Parker, Alexander Taylor, Alice Walsh, Marc Wood, Bill Holding, and Ben Cox.

Play! Design Exhibition China
Play! Exhibition

Grant told us: “The exhibition allowed for the exposure of NTU’s courses and alumni, alongside other internationally renowned academies such as Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and the University for the Creative Arts.”

He continued: “It also presented a great networking opportunity, and we’ve been able to develop collaborative projects with prestigious institutions and Chinese manufacturers.”

Published on 3 July 2019
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Current students; School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment