Danful Yang 杨丹凤 (1980)

Danful Yang is a young Chinese designer and head of the Shanghai-based consortium of designers XYZ Design. 

Yang’s works are often playful and incorporate objects and materials in unexpected ways.  Yang uses both traditional Chinese arts and crafts techniques as well as modern Western materials, which is reflective of her own cross-cultural experiences in cosmopolitan Shanghai and abroad.  Her Fake Armchair is an over-the-top hybrid chair that is an amalgamation of Chinese and western Rococo styles and upholstered with fake designer handbags.  The creative work is a cross-cultural bombardment of visual stimuli, turning imitation into originality and reflecting the onslaught of a globalised consumer culture.  Vase Coffee Table reverses the expected vase-table relationship, as the traditionally shaped Chinese porcelain vases are skewered through the table legs rather than set on the surface.

While the  works are always visually dynamic, Yang is unafraid to experiment with materials and put her own twist on traditional concepts.  By not imposing self-limits, Yang is able to achieve her vision with personal works that represent contemporary Chinese culture.

Her works have been collected by The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Craig Robins (part-owner of Design Miami), and Billie Weisman (The Fredrick R. Weisman Art Foundation) and many private collectors. 


(b. 1980)

1980                         Born in Shanghai, China

2002                        Graduated from East China University of Science and Technology

2011                          Kingston University London

Present                    Creative Director of Pearllam Design Gallery  , Shanghai/Hongkong/Singapore 

Selected  Exhibitions

2015  DANFUL YANG group shows, Milan Expo 2015 China Design RoundUp, Milan, Italy; Littmann

           Kulturuprojkte featuring Gallery Canal Street 24, Arlesheim, Switzerland

           Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design, Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, U.K.

           Life, Le Petit Cochon Verte organized by Art Project CZ & Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai, China

2014   Porsche Design Concept Store Exhibition, London, UK

           Westbund Art and Design, Shanghai, China

           Design Miami Basel, Basel, Switzerland

           Art and Design for All, Shanghai, China

           Coming Home, Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai, China

2012   Back To Basics – The Cross Fertilisation of Design, Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong

           Pavilion Art and Design, London, UK

           The Ambassadors' Ball Auction, Hong Kong

2011   4th January, Pearl Lam Design at Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong

          Tent, London, UK

           WoYou, Milan, Italy

2010    Supernatural! The Secret Life of Things in Chinese Art & Design, Rockbund, Shanghai, China

            Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy

2009    Sit In China, Detsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany

            2x2 Gala Auction in Dallas Museum

2008     St. Etienne Design Biennial, France

              Seoul Design Olympiad, Korea

              Design Redefined, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

              Russia Design Show, Ecoestate Pavlovskaya slobada, Moscow region, Russia

2007      Design Art London, London, UK

              The Essence of Chinese Sensibilities: Contemporary Art & Design, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

              Artectonics, Contrasts Gallery in Miami, FL

2006-2010  Design Miami Basel , Switzerland

2005-2010  Design Miami, Miami, Florida, USA

2006         Art Brussels, Belgium

                 Contrasts & Contradictions Chapter 1: CROSSOVERS // beyond art & design, Contrasts Gallery,

                 Shanghai, China

                 Living In Art, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

                 XYZ Design: Re-Invention, Contrasts Gallery, Beijing and Shanghai , China