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BEIJING | The latest edition of the Beijing Design Week (26th September – 3rd October) made me very happy. The best design from Barcelona, South Korea and China were brought together for the occasion. Barcelona is my hometown, I have a weakness for all things made in Korea and China is been my home for over seven years. I could not possibly ask for more! Horse 79Tank low res-0160022 (Horse by Antigua i Barbuda). Guests first! This year Barcelona was the Guest city at the Beijing Design Week.  And as such they had their own Barcelona Pavilion, featuring the best design creations from Barcelona coupled with a wide range of projects and design exhibitions scattered across the artistic quartier of Dashilar. The dubbed “Magic Horse”, from the Catalan theatre company Antigua i Barbuda was the star of the Barcelona guest city program. Emulating our tradition of festive street parades, the magic horse rode across 751 D-Park daily, accompanied by a dancer and a small group of musicians. (Image gallery from left to right: 1-3 Meet the Twin; 4-6 BB Make project; 7 Barcelona Objects; 8 B&Babel; 9 -11 Mapping; 12-15 Casa Barcelona). South Korea’s exhibition focused in contemporary design; mainly jewellery, industrial design, homeware, furniture, fashion accessories and other gadgets. Most of the items exhibited where fresh, cool and easy going to pay homage to the most modern side of K-Design. They were interestingly mixed up with other creations inspired in South Korea’s cherished traditional handicrafts. (Image gallery from left to right: 1 Unknown; 2 Nineware; 3 Toyoyo; 4 We are Imaginist; 5 Au Global; 6-7 IKSK; 8-9 Abel Design; 10 Dum Design Studio; 11 Seoksim Art; 12Ko Kyung-ju Art Jewelry Studio; 13 Gyodong Art). Last but not least, the design made by China. This year the 751 International Design Festival launched the 751 D-LAB as a platform to bring young brilliant talents to the spotlight. The selection of items on display was curated by renowned designers Xiaowei Ma, Song Tao, Guo Pei, Ji Pen and Qi Lin. After a thorough search, they picked 36 forward thinking designers from diverse fields such architecture, furniture design, industrial design, fashion and jewellery design to portray the future potential of Chinese contemporary design. PHOTOS BY IRIS MIR - EARTH TO IRIS.  

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