China's Most Innovative Companies

Congratulations to Shanghai's very own Xindanwei, recently voted one of China's top ten most innovative companies by branding, tech and design mag, FastCompany.com as part of their annual Top 50. The list, compiled by the online publication's editorial team, praises the creative co-working hub for its community of freelancers and emphasis on exchange: "Its aim is to expand the possibilities for not only where designers, programmers, and artists can work, but also how they can work together". All in all it makes for an interesting list, with the likes of Tencent (the brains behind the phenomenally successful WeiXin) and dating website Jiayuan.com also making an appearance. There's a pleasing number of green tech companies on this year's run-down - namely Landwasher, the folks behind an environmentally friendly, water-free flush toilet designed for communities in need across the world; and Trina Solar for easy-to-install, low-cost solar paneling. FastCompany love their lists, and in addition to the China and global low-down, they've also compiled top-tens by industry. Wang Shu of Hangzhou-based Amateur Architecture featured in that one - last year he picked up the Pritzker Prize and made the list for "rebelling against the westernization of modern China [and] advocating use of inexpensive materials like recycled bricks and tiles from renovated sites". To Style, now, where Qingdao-born Huishan Zhang features for "[redefining] the connotations of "Made in China". He's definitely one to watch, and just this week, Womens Wear Daily declared his London Fashion Week show "among the strongest outings so far in London this season". More on his newest collection here.