何丽娜的生活哲学。Create a life that feels good on the inside – Helena Albrechtsson

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Helena Albrechtsson 有一个很容易记的中文名叫何丽娜,我记得和以前的中国同事们都叫她何总。Helena是瑞典人,自小就喜欢新鲜的事物,8年前独自来到亚洲开始了她的探索之旅。现在她是上海一家德国设计公司巍德设计(WILDDESIGN)的总经理, 是我曾经的老板。下个月她就要携爱人与狗离开上海返回故乡定居结束这8年的漂泊生活,这算是老外版的‘逃离北上广’么?

我曾在上海巍德设计工作将近3年的时间,写这篇博文我十分的感触,让我想起了这3年里的点滴生活。巍德像似一个联合国大家庭,有一段时间我曾是其中唯一的中国籍设计师。我特别喜欢这里的每一个人,他们年轻,有才华,有着不同的经历,喜欢冒险,都聚集到上海给这个蓬勃发展的城市注入了新鲜的设计血液。Helena是个很开明的老板,和她可以谈天说地。她会鼓励你勇敢的提出建议,支持团队创新。我认为团队作业在此是我学到最宝贵的经验,好的创意绝可不是由一个人来完成的。天下无不散筵席,我已离开团队,Helena也将回国。在她回国之前,我想和大家伙分享一下她在上海的落脚点,看看北欧人是如何感性的把设计融入到生活的细节中的。她认为生活如设计,都不能只是停留在表面的美观,而是要考虑到用户,也就是我们自己的真实体验。

Helena Albrechtsson is definitely an explorer, she left home from Sweden for adventures in Asia 8 years ago, and currently working as the general manager of a German branding & industrial design agency called WILDDESIGN based in Shanghai. Next month she will return to Sweden, back to the her root with her fiance and dog, also with lots of stories to tell.

Writing this post is very special for me, as I have worked in WILDDESIGN for almost 3 years before. The company has an unique charm, down to earth with the explorer spirit. I had lots of good memories there and I have learnt so much from working with the multidisciplinary team coming from different cultural background. Helena is a very open-minded leader and she believes creating a good life is similar to creating a good design – not just looks good on the outside but create a good user experience for yourself that makes you feel good on the inside. This time I got invited to her sweet apartment in Shanghai to find out more about her private life.

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The realm of tactile – a ceramic story with Dryden Wells

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“I am a simple man” – this is what I overheard in Dryden Wells’s conversation to a student in his ceramic class, I think it has perfectly described his character in general.

Moving from America to China, only for one thing – ceramic art & design. Now Dryden is a professional ceramic artist based in Shanghai. He found himself in the realm of tactile, and his artwork follows his simplicity driven character in a sculptural and experimental way. Meanwhile, Dryden is also teaching at The Pottery Workshop on a regular basis sharing his great passion for ceramic to his students and guide them to find their own creative style.

By experiencing the class myself, I found it also very helpful for stress relief. The process of shaping clay by hands reflects your current mood, it allows you to slow down and gradually find out your hidden emotion. Clay is such an interesting medium which is flexible but easy to fall apart without enough care, it can become any form you want with enough patient and focus.  I guess it is the same philosophy when it comes to dealing with life…

The following photos are showing Dryden’s recently installation artwork making.

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The photography dream – Adrian Fu

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Adrian Fu is a fashion/portrait photographer and running a photography studio called Air Studio based in Taipei. Last year I got the chance to visit the studio and luckily ran into a celebrity shoot. Adrian has a HR management education background, but he always has a photography dream. After he graduated from university, he went to assist a fashion photographer for 3 years before he became a solo photographer, and started his own studio working along with a lot of excellent photographers in Taipei. I could really feel the strong energy coming from the photography dream that day, and it got my blood up by hearing the flash light recharging beeping sound.

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Follow the paper dream – Mia Lee in Taipei.

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Meng’s Handmade Paper Studio is located in the Artist Village Taipei (台北宝藏岩国际艺术村). I remember I was visiting the village in a very bad weather condition and all the shop was closed, just when I was about to leave I saw a studio with lights on through the window and it looked so cozy. So I knocked on the door to ask for a hot tea. Mia Lee, the paper artist welcomed me and introduced me to all her paper world, it was such a nice surprise on a bad rainy day. Mia was once a design student and she knew that she always had a interest in paper making, so she went overseas to learn the skills in a paper factory and brought it back to Taiwan. Now she set up this fun studio to create all kinds of custom-made paper products/gifts and also run workshops to teach others.

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The story behind the story teller – Yi Tseng.

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Living in an old lane house in French concession of Shanghai is one of my dream. The old apartment has a lot of story to tell, and living in it makes you become part of the story.

Yi Tseng, the Brand Marketing Director at Clarks shoes China, is living in one of those full-of-story apartment that I am dreaming of since 3 years ago when she jumped from Nike Taiwan to Shanghai. Yi described the place really makes her feel like home. This time I feel delighted that I got invited to her apartment to document her personal space.

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Andrew Chen – Fashionista in Taipei

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Earlier this year I have made my way to Taipei visiting a very good friend of mine. As an ordinary mainland Chinese girl, Taipei was just a city name in the Taiwanese TV shows I watched when I was growing up, but this time it really came alive and amazed me in so many level, especially the local people. I was luckily introduced to a lot of creative people through my friend, they are all so open-mined and welcomed my visit.  Andrew Chen, a celebrity fashion stylist/designer in Taipei, is one of the people I met from the trip. His design was worm by many A-list celebrities in Asia, such as A-Mei, S.H.E, Elva Hsiao… Now he is sharing some experience/thoughts and his personal space on One Eye Cat with us.

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Make fitness your retreat – Alexandra Zhao

 

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Going to the gym is boring no more with the right personal trainer with the right exclusive program, while the Shanghai Bund view is giving you a visual treatment.

Alexandra Zhao is a well experienced personal trainer in Shanghai. She is now taking her career to the next level by starting up her own business – Zed Private Fitness, which holds the exclusive partnership with Hotel Indigo Shanghai fitness center. With Alex’s one-to-one and step-by-step fun program, fitness is no longer a dull mission but a retreat to your body and soul.

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Styling in Shanghai – Natali D

Natali D is currently a fashion stylist in Shanghai. She is originally from south Africa, and worked as a accountant in London before. However, the dream of being a fashion stylist brought her from the stable life in London to the mistery Aisa. I think Shanghai is a place for the dreamers, and it is so diverse and everyone can come here to find a place for themselves…

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