Tulip Pyramid - Copy And Identity
This publication is the first in a new series that seeks to engage a broader audience with excellent design research, and is part of the Design Academy Eindhoven’s ‘Dialogue’ programme. Jing He is frequently asked whether her work reflects her Chinese identity, or in what way it differs from other nationalities. Like other Chinese designers, she is anxious about her identity, and aims for a design methodology inspired by the practice of copying Chinese culture. In examining the historical, political, cultural, and economic reasons behind this phenomenon, she finds that it is rooted in a long history of cultural exchange, of borrowing and transformation – in short, design hybrids.