Speaking ahead of the Design Shanghai press conference on, Dr John C Taylor OBE has praised China for its rich history of innovation.
Noted British inventor Dr John C Taylor OBE is proud to be showcasing his stunning Dragon Chronophage clock at Design Shanghai, which will take place from March 27-30 2015.
Design Shanghai, which is organised by Media 10, is China’s premier design event. The last exhibition was attended by over 47,000 people.
Dr Taylor knows China well, having done business in Hong Kong in the 1960s and then setting up a factory in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in the 1980s.
Speaking about China’s gift for creativity, he said, “I have a great deal of respect for the inventiveness of the Chinese and their love of great design. It is a trait that has been central to their nation’s character since ancient times.
“China has produced a number of truly world-changing inventions such as paper, printing, gunpowder and the compass.
“Business is unlike anywhere else because the Chinese are so interested in product innovation and inventions. I’d meet them and they would call in their development team and sales people. I was dealing with entrepreneurs who wanted to know what the product would do, rather than the price. This was the refreshing difference across the board in China. People were consistently open-minded and wanted new ideas.
“I have no doubt that the people of China will continue to shape the future of the world through intelligent design.”
Dr Taylor is an authority on innovation, holding over 400 patents – he invented the bi-metal blades used in cordless kettle thermostats. It is estimated that his designs have been used in almost two billion appliances worldwide.
Created in tandem with Professor Long of Hangzhou Art University, the Chronophage is a colourful, friendly and playful dragon which engages admirers with a selection of ‘tricks’ and waves of the tail.
Speaking about the design of the Chronophage, Dr Taylor said, “Being an inventor, you never want to do anything that anybody has done before, so it was necessary to find a new way of telling time.”
It is designed to make reference to Einstein’s theory of ‘relative time’ and speeds up, slows down and even stops, reflecting the fact that our perception of time can change depending on our activity. The clock is correct every fifth minute.
A feature unique to the Dragon Chronophage is the appearance of a single pearl at the top of every hour which is then swallowed by the dragon.
The Chronophage will be on sale at the exhibition and is valued in excess of £3 million, or 28.9 million yuan.
Short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAA5UPzBjc4&list=PLSXfBft0Em
Extended film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGdY_8OER3Q&list=PLSXfBft0Em
About Dr John C Taylor OBE
Dr John C Taylor OBE was born in Buxton in Derbyshire in 1936. Having spent six years living in Canada during his childhood, he returned home towards the end of the Second World War and attended King William School on the Isle of Man before studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.
After finishing his education he took a job at Otter Controls, founded by his father, and began working in bi-metal. His work with these controls led to Dr Taylor designing the thermostat systems that are used in almost two billion kettles and small household appliances.
China has always been special to Dr Taylor, who first visited Hong Kong on business in the 1960s and set up a factory in Guangzhou in Guangdong Province in the 1980s. As one of the world’s leading inventors, he appreciated the enthusiasm for design that it seems is part of the Chinese DNA.
Dr Taylor has also conducted a lot of research in the subject of horology. His admiration of John Harrison, an early pioneer of clocks and time-keeping, led him to design and help build the Corpus Chronophage, a three metre-high clock that lives on the exterior of the Corpus Christi College building at Cambridge University.
In his spare time, Dr Taylor also has a keen interest in aviation, having been a private pilot for over sixty years. Taught by his father as a child, he has so far amassed over 5,000 hours of flying time.
Dr Taylor is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DrJCTOBE
Notes to Editors
Dates: 27-30 March 2015
Venue: Shanghai Exhibition Centre
Address: 1000 Yan’an Mid Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai, 200040
Design Shanghai is China’s leading international design event. In 2014, Design Shanghai opened its doors to over 47,000 visitors, breaking new ground and setting a precedent in China’s ever-growing design community.
Showcasing the best design brands from across the globe, Design Shanghai provides a unique and exciting platform to network and establish long-term business relations with China’s top architects, interior designers, property developers, facilities managers, private buyers and anyone with passion for exciting, new and inspiring designs.
2015 will see the return of China’s premier design event, featuring even more of the finest international design houses, inspiring speakers and curated features.
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Founded ten years ago Media 10 Limited is the most decorated media and events company in the UK.
Media 10 Ltd has fast become one of the leading players in the media and events industry as a result of running some of the most iconic and successful magazines and events in the country, including Grand Designs magazine, Icon magazine, Grand Designs Live and the world’s oldest consumer exhibition: The Ideal Home Show.
Other events in Media 10’s portfolio include 100% Design, 100% Optical, Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model Live, Clerkenwell Design Week, The London Design Trail, Grand Designs Awards, Icon Awards, Destination Star Trek and Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace.
As a privately-owned company based in Loughton, Essex, Media 10 employs over 200 talented people to run a growing portfolio of 17 live events, 21 websites and seven magazines.
In the ten years the company has been running, the company has seen its turnover, profits, portfolio and staff numbers grow at a dramatic rate and it now has over one million visitors in attendance at Media 10 events and its publications have over three million readers.
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