At the Triennale di Milano, Tawainese porcelain brand NewChi is presenting the Lighter than White collection, a delicate, whimsical collection designed by its founder, Heinrich Wang. This is the first porcelain collection designed by the Taiwanese artist, and it is the first time Wolf presents a solo exhibition in Europe.
The collection seeks to interpret traditional Chinese culture and philosophy in a modern context. Referring to Chinese philosophy, legends and symbols, the collection is designed to appeal to tranquility, raising issues of inner peace, enlightenment and self-improvement. Using the Blanc de Chine style, Wang seeks to give back to the porcelain art its historical role in Chinese society: to reflect the style preferences and cultural tendencies of the period to which it belongs.
The collection has been eight years in the making, following a long research and development product. Wang visited more than 90 factories, searching for a partner who could effectively produce his designs, which are punctuated by rectilinear angles and minimal lines. His shapes draw from traditional Chinese shapes for object such as a teapot and a water vessel, but evoke European design classics such as Marianne Brandt's silver tea infuser from 1924. Bauhaus and Art Deco lines permeate some of the pieces, combined with Asian figures and motifs, depicted in both abstract and figurative ways.
Through 22 April 2012
NewChi: Lighter than White, designed by Heinrich Wang
Triennale di Milano
Viale Alemagna, 6