CONtradition screens by MICROmacro Lab

Beijing Design Week: traditional Chinese motifs inspired these screens made of steel that's normally used to reinforce buildings by design studio MICROmacro Lab.

CONtradition by MICROmacro Lab

Reinforcing steel was bent into shapes and welded together to create panels with a variety of patterns adapted from ancient Chinese designs, then hinged together.

CONtradition by MICROmacro Lab

The designs aim to contrast the intricate forms often found in oriental decoration and the industrial materials from modern day construction.

CONtradition by MICROmacro Lab

MICROmarco Lab exhibited the space dividers in the Caochangdi art district in north-east Beijing during the design week, where lenticular printed maps of the city's hutongs were also shown.

CONtradition by MICROmacro Lab

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CONtradition by MICROmacro Lab

Here's some more information from the designer:


CONtradition by MICROmacro Lab

The use of construction materials complicates a dialogue between ancient Chinese motifs and contemporary furniture design processes.

CONtradition by MICROmacro Lab

CONtradition is design research inspired by the reaction generated in the exchange between design identities. Though inspired by traditional Chinese forms, the collection introduces construction materials to furniture design.

CONtradition by MICROmacro Lab

Led by the materials employed, the series instigates a dialogue between the roughness and strength of the materials and the elusive elegance of traditional Chinese design motifs. The apparent contradiction between the essentiality of contemporary design and the preciousness of antique style resolves to show that new and old can establish a deep and meaningful conversation.