Craft and creativity continues to grow in China, none of which would be possible without the inspired and daring minds behind the ideas and production. We are asking the creative community in China five fun questions to learn a little bit more about the people behind this burgeoning industry. Hope you enjoy! If you think you should be profiled or you know someone creative who should be profiled send an email to email@example.com.
After graduating from the Media & Design Academy in Belgium, China-based designer Joeri Reynaert entered the industry as furniture designer for Extremis, a renowned outdoor furniture brand established by Dirk Wynants. Soon after he moved to Italy to become an in-house designer for the lighting brand Foscarini, working together with established designers such as Nendo, Jean Marie Massaud, Luca Nichetto and Stefan Diez. While working for Foscarini, Joeri also developed a lamp collection for fashion giant Diesel. As an independent designer, he presented his first collection at Interieur 2012, Belgium, and Salone del Mobile 2012, Italy. In 2014 he moved to China to set up Dirk Wynants’ design studio in Shanghai. He also established a 4-year undergraduate program and was lecturing at the DeTao Master Academy, Shanghai. In 2018 Joeri started his own design studio in Shanghai and is now designing for several start-up and established brands in China.
Joeri Reynaert毕业于比利时的亨克传媒与设计学院（Media& Design Academy, Belgium），毕业后这位在中国定居的设计师进入Extremis家具公司，开始了他的职业设计师生涯，该公司由Dirk Wynants创办，是一个知名的户外家具品牌。不久，他又搬到了意大利，担任著名灯具品牌Foscarini的设计师, 与Nendo、Jean Marie Massaud、Luca Nichetto和Stefan Diez等知名设计师合作。在为Foscarini工作的同时，Joeri还为时尚巨头Diesel设计了了一款灯具系列
JRS x Rehau – Interzum 2021 exhibition design
JRS x Mindo – Rug
JRS – Loop
JRS – Plyght
1. Coolest place you’ve travelled to? 旅行去过的最有意思的地方是哪里？
Probably that time I was on a solo road trip through the Balkan, lost my car keys and got stuck in Ljubljana for 8 days. Since I could not move without my car, I had to make the best of the situation. I mingled with the locals and luckily was offered a bed at the home of a lesbian dj couple I met. I experienced the lovely city as a local and was dj’ing myself by the end of the week. Ljubljana is the only capital city I have visited that felt like a village, but is actually full of vibrant creativity. I kind of didn’t want to leave when I finally found my car keys stuck in a thin pack of condoms.
2. The best way to destress? 对你来说，最好的减压方式是什么？
Cooking for friends. As a student, I used to work the weekends cooking in several restaurants in Belgium. In Shanghai, I had a pop-up meat and veggie ball concept for a while. So most of my friends have tasted my balls by now (haha) and they all agree they are the best in town. Although catering is actually a lot of work and I am literately sweating my “balls” off, in the long run, it’s really relaxing. As in design, it also requires creativity, but cooking involves a lot of repetitive work, which is my meditation. I can really enjoy peeling 15 kg of potatoes.
3. Your favorite creative project you’ve ever worked on, and why you like it so much?
My favorite project is one I just started working on. Far from finished. A cooking tool that brings friends together to get a taste of different cultures. Think Fondue meets Teppanyaki, Hotpot, and Thai bbq all in 1 device. The project involves a cookbook and a mini-documentary as I want to visit all the involved countries. Usually, my favorite project is the one I am working on, as I want to stay motivated. Even if some (or actually a lot) of them do not see completion.
Traditional Thai Bbq (mu kratha)
4. Someone else’s creative project that you’ve been envious of lately?
I am always envious when I see some established architects showcasing their own home, designed by themselves, in a remote dream location. I already have that dream location in Croatia, but the dream house will have to wait a bit. I’ll get there one day…
5. Creative person who inspires you?
Anthony Bourdain. His hard training as a chef reminds me of my days in the kitchen. His “je m’en fous” rock n roll attitude, is similar to the way I stand in life. His struggle with routine and drive to constantly explore is what I admire the most. Unfortunately, he left us too early, which shows he was trying to be a better man, more than the brilliant chef he was.
JRS x Matsu – Morse
JRS x Acer ConceptD bag design
We invite each of the creatives we profile to tag another interesting person for the series. Joeri Reynaert suggested Illustrator, graphic designer Luna.
我们邀请创意人士来一场接力赛，每个人都要推荐另一位有意思的创意人士。Joeri Reynaert 推荐的下一个人是：插画师兼平面设计师 Luna。