BO JIA Bo graduated from the storied China Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou and worked at the National Museum on Tian An Men Square in Beijing before moving to the US and co-founding Middle Kingdom.  Bo’s original vision for Middle Kingdom as standard bearers for Chinese-inspired modern design has expanded to embrace the work of other designers who share his insistence upon meaningful work of the highest integrity.  Bo believes that beauty is an intrinsic human need that requires constant nurture and exploration.

BO JIA

Bo graduated from the storied China Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou and worked at the National Museum on Tian An Men Square in Beijing before moving to the US and co-founding Middle Kingdom.  Bo’s original vision for Middle Kingdom as standard bearers for Chinese-inspired modern design has expanded to embrace the work of other designers who share his insistence upon meaningful work of the highest integrity.  Bo believes that beauty is an intrinsic human need that requires constant nurture and exploration.

FOEKJE FLEUR VAN DUIN Foekje Fleur inspired the first collaboration with Middle Kingdom with her provocative Bottle series of porcelain vases.  The Bottle series redefines trash from the canals of Rotterdam, Holland as art and opens a philosophical debate: what meaning can we ascribe to objects that were meant to have none?  Foekje hopes through her work to bring attention to the problem of environmental pollution and our collective responsibility to live harmoniously with nature.

FOEKJE FLEUR VAN DUIN

Foekje Fleur inspired the first collaboration with Middle Kingdom with her provocative Bottle series of porcelain vases.  The Bottle series redefines trash from the canals of Rotterdam, Holland as art and opens a philosophical debate: what meaning can we ascribe to objects that were meant to have none?  Foekje hopes through her work to bring attention to the problem of environmental pollution and our collective responsibility to live harmoniously with nature.

CAROLA ZEE Carola Zee was educated as a graphic designer at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.  Her work is characterized by graphic decoration of the material and by the forms of the objects.  Rigorous craftsmanship and the artisans responsible for making her work are the main focuses in her designs.  Carola’s sensuous Unique series of cups and carafes for Middle Kingdom invite a pause and an exploration of the simple yet intriguing forms and textures.

CAROLA ZEE

Carola Zee was educated as a graphic designer at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.  Her work is characterized by graphic decoration of the material and by the forms of the objects.  Rigorous craftsmanship and the artisans responsible for making her work are the main focuses in her designs.  Carola’s sensuous Unique series of cups and carafes for Middle Kingdom invite a pause and an exploration of the simple yet intriguing forms and textures.

 
RAGNHEIDUR ÖSP SIGURDARDÓTTIR Ragnheidur Ösp Sigurdardóttir grew up in a small town by the ocean in southwest Iceland.  As a child she collected everything, from napkins to erasers to candy in pretty packaging.  A show in Reykjavik in 1999 that featured the work of Mark Newson, Jasper Morrison and Michael Young inspired Ragnheidur to create her own precious objects.  The Hearth tea lights are Ragnheidur’s first collaboration with Middle Kingdom and her inaugural foray into ceramics.

RAGNHEIDUR ÖSP SIGURDARDÓTTIR

Ragnheidur Ösp Sigurdardóttir grew up in a small town by the ocean in southwest Iceland.  As a child she collected everything, from napkins to erasers to candy in pretty packaging.  A show in Reykjavik in 1999 that featured the work of Mark Newson, Jasper Morrison and Michael Young inspired Ragnheidur to create her own precious objects.  The Hearth tea lights are Ragnheidur’s first collaboration with Middle Kingdom and her inaugural foray into ceramics.

ROXANNE FLICK Roxanne Flick is an exciting young designer from Luxembourg. Her designs are characterized by geometric shapes inspired by everyday situations, nature and art.  The combinations of different or experimental materials in her designs gives each object a new character.  Roxanne recently graduated from the School of Design, Pforzheim University.  Her Flamingo tea set will debut with Middle Kingdom in February 2017.

ROXANNE FLICK

Roxanne Flick is an exciting young designer from Luxembourg. Her designs are characterized by geometric shapes inspired by everyday situations, nature and art.  The combinations of different or experimental materials in her designs gives each object a new character.  Roxanne recently graduated from the School of Design, Pforzheim University.  Her Flamingo tea set will debut with Middle Kingdom in February 2017.

OLIVIA JIA Olivia is a current undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, double majoring in Geography and Sociology with a focus on urban planning and design.  Her Tulip and Magnolia vases are part of Middle Kingdom’s Cold Mountain series and are inspired by a desire to render organic forms in sleek, modern silhouettes.

OLIVIA JIA

Olivia is a current undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, double majoring in Geography and Sociology with a focus on urban planning and design.  Her Tulip and Magnolia vases are part of Middle Kingdom’s Cold Mountain series and are inspired by a desire to render organic forms in sleek, modern silhouettes.