BUZAO took to the streets at Design Shanghai
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Studio BUZAO’s NULL and HOT collections dazzled audiences inside and outside Design Shanghai in March as the studio also took to the streets with a mobile exhibition to champion freedom of design expression and promote the growth of original design.
The special off-site exhibition took place in a truck that drove around the main road outside the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. The truck was branded with Studio BUZAO’s logo and showcased pieces from the NULL and HOT collection. It circled the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from open to close, and intermittently parked for viewers to take a closer look.
Studio BUZAO’s mobile exhibition was a statement against the lack of formal diversity in Chinese design and the limitations in developing a brand in the current domestic environment. It was inspired by the rebellious spirit of the Stars Art Exhibition in 1979 when a group of avant-garde and self-taught Chinese artists staged an unpermitted exhibition outside China Art Gallery after being denied an official exhibition space. The Stars Art Group championed individualism and freedom of expression and challenged aesthetic convention and political authority. The exhibition drew attention to China’s contemporary art movement and was shut down by the police.
The mobile exhibition had the same set up as the inside stand. Furniture pieces were placed in compartments lined with silver foil to enhance the hues of NULL and HOT. The iridescent electroplated steel and layered blue glass reflected against the foil, adding to the transformative effect and illusory sense of colour.
Learn more about Studio BUZAO'S NULL and HOT collections here.