We are the Concrete Jungle Blog Spot are well known for taking design ideas from anywhere in life. You never really know when those inspiration moments come to you and make you feel warm and funny inside. It’s that comfortable feeling that helps us with decision making with confidence. It’s a mere coincidence that often enough we have bumped into different forms of the performing arts, especially in China.. not originally looking for design ideas, but just finding them wherever we go. Perhaps the case with the republic of China is that the country is not yet spoiled by a western mass mind. A certain originality prevails in the nation, that is sometimes very hard to express, especially in words. But making design creations with such inspiration is the most rewarding aspect of it all.
It is just lately that I have dived deeper into the stunning world of Chinese acrobatics that has made me think again of my possibilities as a designer. The Chaoyang Theater itself is very symbolic in a way, since it is literally surrounded by concrete in the business destrict of Chaoyang. Yet, the theater itself is an old fashioned and beautiful creation that is blooming with Chinese architectural beauty.
But still at the same time, I cannot take my eyes of the acrobatic creations which as design, are incredibly achievements. Equally incredible as the acrobatic show itself. From the CCTV tower which was once burned, to several office buildings that are incredibly tall and majestetic.
Perhaps it is in that very mix from traditional acrobatics to the modern concrete elements that fascinate me in China, and especially in Beijing. Obviously western influence has started, but still the nation is holding on to something extremely Chinese to keep things the way they want.. yet still adding that money value of prosperity.
While the “money value” is not exactly a positive ring in my ears, it is still something I have to accept as an integral part of society. Especially in China it seems that so many people cannot see past this value, without any knowledge of so called smart decisions that we have become sensitive to in western countries. Well so what, China is still blooming with the most amazing design creations. Chinese acrobatics is a big business in the country, but it is at the same time so much more. It is tradition and national identity, it goes to seek limits that have been undiscovered in the past.. which in itself is an amazing achievement that people can still continue to push that ancient old art into bigger and more amazing feats. This has been a personal motivation for me to become better and better. To design with love and originality. To be brave and let my individualistic spirit bloom without shame. On the streets of Beijing, I never feel isolated.. I feel integrated. And that’s all thanks to the minds of the people there. It’s as stunning as the acrobatics how without a common language you can feel so connected. For me, that is China. With all it’s concrete creations, one can but accept the truths that lie behind the politics of the country and enjoy the fruitfull outcome of it all.
Thanks to my new inspirations, I am thinking of opening a design gallery of sorts in Beijing or elsewhere in China. Plans are still open but I just know that I must do more to keep in touch and connect with the country. So that I can learn more about them and myself in the “design process”, yeah!!