Alessi (Un)Forbidden City
27 September 2011
Beijing, China, 2011
The “(Un)Forbidden City” is Alessi new metaproject curated by Gary Chang that aims at exploring the potential of Chinese product design. Under the design responsibility of Gary Chang, who was among the 22 architects to take part in the “Tea & Coffee Towers” project in 2003, Alessi has invited 7 best renowned Chinese architects (Chang Yung Ho, Liu Jia Kun, Ma Yan Song,Urbanus, Wang Shu, Zhang Ke and Zhang Lei) who for the first time ever have been asked to tackle an industrial design project and to give their own interpretation of one of Alessi’s most typological archetype: the tray. The results of this new meta project have been unveiled during the Beijing Design Week 2011, with an official press preview at the China Shijitan Contemporary Art Center on 26 September with the collaboration of the Beijing Industrial Design Center. The eight projects which include Gary Chang’s design, will be on show in a special exhibition curated by Gary Chang at the Aether Art Space gallery in Sanlitun from 28th September to 31st October 2011.
The eight projects will enter production early next year and will be launched within the 2012 Spring Summer collection as part of the Officina Alessi catalogue.
The “(Un)Forbidden City” project was made possible thanks to the collaboration of Mr Chen Dong Liang of the Beijing Industrial Design Center.
Special thanks go to Vittorio Sun for Italy-China coordination .
(Un)Forbidden City - Alessi Exhibition – Beijing Desing Week 2001
Aether Space Gallery, Sanlitun Village
N2-43, 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing