From being featured consistently since 2012 at the Xiamen International Design Week, held yearly in October or November, the Red Dot group has anchored itself in China’s southeastern Fujian province. Its third international base (after Singapore and Taipei) is the Red Dot Design Museum Xiamen.
The museum’s unlikely location is Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, where it’s housed in a sleek two-storey building connected to the airport’s refurbished Terminal 2. With a design library, a co-working space and even a design school, it’s the largest airport-based museum in the world.
There are currently three regular exhibitions open to the public. Displayed in separate halls on the first floor are “The Form of Success” which shows, in 600 works, how 400 brands from around the world meld design with their branding and marketing strategies; “The Elements of Design”, which spotlights smart, cutting-edge products inspired by local daily life and culture; and “A World View”, which uses well-preserved cabins from China’s first-generation aircraft to showcase the world’s latest pioneering tech designs.
Ascending to the second floor, artists and art enthusiasts can dip into online and offline workshops that appeal to budding designers who want to hone their skills. For casual visitors, there are interactive experiences and pop-up stores by independent young designers to capture the attention. Explore, and who knows, you may just discover China’s next creative superstars.
red-dot-design-museum.org/xiamen; open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–6pm; tickets from CNY88 (about ₱655)
This article first appeared in the August 2019 issue of Smile magazine.