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Design Society 设计互联

设计互联:创新社会驱动力 Design Society reveals
how design can be a
catalytic social force

Design Society, founded by China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK), offers an innovative and inclusive cultural platform, comprising Design Society Foundation and a commercial arm to ensure a sustainable operating model. It will be located in the Sea World Culture and Arts Center in Shekou, Shenzhen.

Design Society adheres to the pioneering spirit of Shekou and Shenzhen in creating a unique cultural experience. It is an open and collaborative platform, fostering synergies, connecting China and the world, and empowering the inter-connectivity between design and society, design and everyday life, and design and industry. It will show groundbreaking designs from the past, present and future, and will expand into other creative disciplines. Through design, it will encourage dialogue and collaboration to reveal how design can be a catalytic social force.

Design Society is literally our mandate. Both a noun and a verb, this name clearly expresses the potential of how design can positively impact the social, cultural and environmental challenges of our age. At a time of accelerating change, the future belongs to those who are agile, curious and creative, and who can deploy these qualities in an applied human endeavor, in design.
Ole Bouman

Director of Design Society

Join Design Society

We have been asking ourselves what a cultural institution can do and how it can open up to the needs and ideas for the future. We strongly believe in sharing, participation and co-creation. We aim to become a society that enjoys discovering, experimenting and playing, contributing to the future of Chinese creativity and beyond. Design Society is a place to connect. To be part of this vibrant new community, we invite you to become a member of Design Society.


Membership application will be available soon.

Design Society advocates an innovative philosophy to continue the pioneering spirit of Shekou. Through multi-layered exhibitions and public activities, we will connect audiences of different ages and backgrounds with design by discovering, supporting and promoting designers and design culture. Design Society will be a prominent cultural tourism destination in Shekou and Shenzhen.

招商血脉 蛇口基因 Build a CMG Legacy in Shekou

China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK) is a flagship company engaged in comprehensive urban development under century-old China Merchants Group (CMG). CMSK has been contributing to the emergence of an innovative city and the urban upgrading and development. It is the founder of Design Society. With this new cultural complex, CMSK creates an open platform for creative design, connects important partners from China and overseas, advocates for innovation in culture with contemporary value, strengthens communication and ambitions across multiple industries and disciplines. It will push forward the future development of design and industry.

December 30, 2015: CMSK went public through merging China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone with China Merchants Property Development (CMPD). This holistic enterprise is leading the new round of reforms in state-owned companies. It aims to build the smart city, the smart business district, the smart industrial zone and the smart community, and promote urban renewal through integration of industry, digital, nance and urban development. Informed by a spirit promoting “innovative development”, CMSK focuses on development and operational strategies in three main sectors: community, industrial parks and cruise industry construction based on the existing industrial and real estate business, and taking advantage of the free trade zone management and the bene ts derived from CMPD branding.

Shenzhen, City of Design

Shenzhen was the first Special Economic Zone in China and has a population of around 15 million inhabitants, most of whom are immigrants drawn to the city for its pioneering spirit and creative energy. One of the most dynamic cities in the world, Shenzhen has attracted many professionals and workers, as well as start-ups and leading Chinese technology giants. At a time when China is emerging at the forefront of new design ideas and creative thinking, the concentration of incubators and makers' spaces in Shenzhen is a clear expression of the new trajectory being promoted in the country: from "Made in China" to "Created in China".

合作塑造未来 Partners

The world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity

Founding Partner of Design Society Foundation:
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) was established in 1852 in London, UK. The V&A has a long history of working with China and holds one of the most important and comprehensive collections of Chinese art and design. As Founding Partner of Design Society Foundation, the V&A is providing professional advice and training; the concept, development and design of a V&A Gallery devoted to 20th and 21st century international design; and the presentation of two touring exhibitions in 2017 and 2018.

This is a pioneering international collaboration for the V&A and represents an exciting new way for us to build on our long history of working in and with China. We are currently developing extensive research and dialogue with Shenzhen’s design, manufacturing and creative communities to inform the approach for our new gallery. At this important and transitional time of new design and creative thinking, we look forward to establishing Design Society with our partner CMSK in one of the most dynamic design cities in the world.

Tim Reeve

V&A Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer

Promoting traditional design and innovative strategies in the cultural industry

Partner: BAOKU China

As Partner of Design Society, BAOKU China Group is contributing to extend the in uence of Chinese culture and to enhance people’s enjoyment of Chinese culture. Their Shenzhen project – the BAOKU Treasury – aims to provide the necessary infrastructure for speci c aspects of the cultural industry. Shenzhen Guanfu Museum in Design Society will feature the timeless beauty of ancient Chinese arts and crafts, and illustrate the development and transformation of art works, technology, design and aesthetic preferences over successive dynasties.

海上世界文化艺术中心 Sea World Culture and Arts Center

A building with open horizons towards the mountain, the sea and the city, where interconnected space enable cultural conversation and dialogue

Watch the architecture documentary trailer

Renowned architectural studio Maki and Associates, led by Fumihiko Maki, Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, has designed the building of Sea World Culture and Arts Center. It is Maki and Associates’ first building in China. Maki's design features three cantilevered volumes atop a deconstructed plinth, opening up horizons to the mountain, the sea and the city. A staircase at the corner of the building also leads to green public space on the roof.

Design Society is located in Sea World Culture and Arts Center, within Sea World's coastal city complex in Shekou, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, near Nu Wa Costal Park. The center has a footprint of 26,000 square meters with 71,000 square meters of floor space. It will feature four floors above the ground and two floors underground with spaces for galleries, a theatre, a multi-purpose hall, restaurants and cafes, and retail.

Design Society will present its full programme at Sea World Culture and Arts Center, currently under construction and due to open in 2017

Design Society and the V&A announce inaugural exhibitions as part of a unique cultural partnership opening in Shekou, Shenzhen

Design Society and the V&A announce inaugural exhibitions as part of a unique cultural partnership opening in Shekou, Shenzhen

News

Design Society will open to the public in Shenzhen, China in October 2017 with two inaugural exhibitions: ‘Values of Design’ in the V&A Gallery and ‘Minding the Digital'.

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Design Society and the V&A announce opening plans for October 2017 in Shekou, Shenzhen

Design Society and the V&A announce opening plans for October 2017 in Shekou, Shenzhen

News

Design Society, a new cultural hub featuring a new V&A Gallery will open to the public in Shekou, Shenzhen, in October 2017.

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Design Society presents its first grand public program:Go! Design Community

Design Society presents its first grand public program:Go! Design Community

News

Design Society is delighted to present Go! Design Community, a one-day public event to take place on 20th November in Shenzhen.

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Design Society presents first public programming during London Design Festival and Beijing Design Week

Design Society presents first public programming during London Design Festival and Beijing Design Week

News

As Design Society prepares to present its full programme at Sea World Culture and Arts Center next year in Shenzhen, it launches its first public programming during …

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Design Society hires business director

Design Society hires business director

Recruitment

Design Society offers an innovative and inclusive cultural platform, comprising Design Society Foundation and a commercial arm to ensure a sustainable operating model.

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Design Society hires operation director

Design Society hires operation director

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Design Society offers an innovative and inclusive cultural platform, comprising Design Society Foundation and a commercial arm to ensure a sustainable operating model.

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DESIGN SOCIETY — China  Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK) announces the brand  of a new cultural hub

DESIGN SOCIETY — China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK) announces the brand of a new cultural hub

News

China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK), in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), has announced the brand—DESIGN SOCIETY [设计互联]— a new culture hub.

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Curator's Note: Makers encounter in Shenzhen

Curator's Note: Makers encounter in Shenzhen

Announcement

Since Shenzhen’s first maker space arose in 2010, a generation of early makers in Shenzhen has gradually transformed their making endeavour and design ideas into start-up

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Address: Sea World Culture and Arts Center, Crossing at Wanghai Road and Gongye 2nd Road, near Nu Wa Coastal Park, Shekou, Shenzhen, China.
Website: designsociety.cn
Email: info@designsociety.cn
V&A Website: vam.ac.uk
Shekou Project Webpage: vam.ac.uk/shekou
V&A Email: international.initiatives@vam.ac.uk
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    Founder
  • Founding Partner of
    Design Society Foundation
    Founding Partner of Design Society Foundation
  • Partner
    Partner
  • Architectural Design
    Architectural Design
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    Supported by
Design Society Team

Director
Ole Bouman

Programme Director
Rong Zhao

Head of V&A Gallery
Dr. Luisa E. Mengoni

Senior Curator
Carrie Chan

Designer
Andie Cheng

Head of Communication
Ling Gu

HR Manager
Gloria Guo

Development Manager
Liu He

Event Manager
Cassi Li

Exhibition Manager
Xiaonan Li

Public Event Assistant
Nan Ni

Assistant Curator
Siyun Tang

Learning Assistant
Ke Wang

Branding Officer
Sichao Wu

Assistant Curator
Yike Wu

Deputy Head of Operation
Shuying Yu

Operation Officer
Freya Yuan

Communication Manager
Wenqi Zeng

Membership Manager
Shu Zhang

Exhibition Assistant
Wo Zhang

Exhibition Assistant
Chenchen Zhou

Design Agency Bruce Mau Design
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