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Rooster, Tiger, Sheep by Snake Exhibition

Partner: MGM Macau Resort

Oct 2019 - Jan 2020

Macau

Services: Concept, Graphics, Interior Design, Exhibition Curation
Wen-You Cai, founder and director of Special Special, opened her first solo photography exhibition along with a Special Special pop-up at MGM Macau Resort. The exhibition was accompanied by the release of her photo book "Rooster, Tiger, Sheep by Snake." The exhibition featured...

Wen-You Cai, founder and director of Special Special, opened her first solo photography exhibition along with a Special Special pop-up at MGM Macau Resort. The exhibition was accompanied by the release of her photo book "Rooster, Tiger, Sheep by Snake." The exhibition featured a collection of 175 photographs of her family, mostly on film, in black and white and color photographs, taken over the span of a decade through travel and jet-lag, at work, on vacation, and at home.

Special Special Residency/Pop-up

Partner: TX Mall

Nov 2021- April 2022

Cell Space at TX Mall
Shanghai, China

Services: Concept, Graphics, Merchandising, Interior Design, Product design, Exhibition Curation, Event Planning
Over a 6-month residency at TX Mall, Special Special hosted a series of workshops, events, and product launches surrounding our relationship to nature. Shanghai locals were invited to participate in a plant residency with their houseplants on display in our...
Over a 6-month residency at TX Mall, Special Special hosted a series of workshops, events, and product launches surrounding our relationship to nature. Shanghai locals were invited to participate in a plant residency with their houseplants on display in our curated pop-up space. Selected events included an eco-tourism art project with Shanghai artists 0135 - Travel Service.

VIP gift for Cai Guo Qiang’s Odyssey and Homecoming

Client: Cai Studio x ANTA

November 2020

Beijing, China

Services: Product Design, Graphic Design
Custom design for a set of jacket, bag, and hat and packaging, incorporating Cai Guo Qiang’s artworks, that were gifted to VIP guests at the Palace Museum exhibition of Cai Guo Qiang’s Odyssey and Homecoming Exhibition.

Custom design for a set of jacket, bag, and hat and packaging, incorporating Cai Guo Qiang’s artworks, that were gifted to VIP guests at the Palace Museum exhibition of Cai Guo Qiang’s Odyssey and Homecoming Exhibition.

Cyber Garden Pop-Up

Client: Museum of Art Pudong

July - Nov 2021

Shanghai, China

Services: Concept, Graphics, Merchandising, Interior Design, Exhibition Curation
Cyber Garden inaugurated the pop-up space at the new Museum of Art Pudong. Inspired by nostalgia for early millennial internet cafe culture, Special Special activated the museum with a 2540 sq ft installation that featured digital projects from artists around...
Cyber Garden inaugurated the pop-up space at the new Museum of Art Pudong. Inspired by nostalgia for early millennial internet cafe culture, Special Special activated the museum with a 2540 sq ft installation that featured digital projects from artists around the world, including Sebastian Masuda. The retail shop is outfitted with custom furniture designs, fusing pastoral nature and cyberpunk, and merchandised with playful art editions and custom products created for MAP.

Plant Adoption Bureau at TANK

Partner: TANK Art Festival

October 2021

Shanghai, China

Services: Concept, Graphics, Merchandising, Product Design, Experience Design, Presenter
For TANK Art Festival, Special Special created a Plant Adoption Bureau where visitors can take home a small but special houseplant through a heart-warming adoption process. Special Special also hosted a meditation hour where participants were invited to bathe in...
For TANK Art Festival, Special Special created a Plant Adoption Bureau where visitors can take home a small but special houseplant through a heart-warming adoption process. Special Special also hosted a meditation hour where participants were invited to bathe in a botanical sound experience to recharge before going back to the bustling festival.

Special Special Playground Pop-Up

Client: MGM Macau Resort

Oct 2019 - Jan 2020

Macau

Services: Concept, Graphics, Merchandising, Interior Design, Exhibition Curation
Special Special presented a playground-inspired retail pop-up at MGM Macau Resort featuring playful artworks and products that engage people of all ages to participate in an intimate shopping experience and to interact with several special curatorial projects by New York...

Special Special presented a playground-inspired retail pop-up at MGM Macau Resort featuring playful artworks and products that engage people of all ages to participate in an intimate shopping experience and to interact with several special curatorial projects by New York artists Lu Zhang and Will Doenlen. Alongside the pop-up, Special Special presented Wen-You Cai’s solo photo exhibition featuring 175 photographs offering an intimate portrayal of her family.

Plant Adoption Bureau at CIIE

Partner: Inditex at CIIE

November 2021

Shanghai, China

Services: Concept, Graphics, Product Design, Experience Design, Presenter
For Inditex’s booth at the 2021 Chinese International Import Expo, Special Special presented a Plant Adoption Bureau. The Adoption Bureau’s goal was to create a fulfilling and fun experience for visitors to adopt the many plants and trees at Inditex’s...

For Inditex’s booth at the 2021 Chinese International Import Expo, Special Special presented a Plant Adoption Bureau. The Adoption Bureau’s goal was to create a fulfilling and fun experience for visitors to adopt the many plants and trees at Inditex’s booth so that they could find new homes after the Expo, furthering Inditex’s commitment to sustainability in all aspects of its business.