As part of its $600 million investment plan in France in the coming 5 years, Huawei yesterday opened its first global research center focused on innovation in aesthetics and design.
The Paris Aesthetics Research Center will bring creative ideas in color and style to Huawei products, integrating innovative technologies with aesthetics.
The Center has already contributed to the design of Huawei’s second-generation fitness band, the TalkBand B2, just released at the just concluded Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain.
Welcoming distinguished guests at the opening ceremony, Huawei CEO Ken Hu said, “Paris is a global hub for fashion and arts, and now the city’s creative resources can be applied to Huawei products worldwide. That makes France a vital part of our global innovation.”
The Paris Aesthetics Center is staffed by 10 designers specializing in luxury design, fashion, automotive, 3D, digital, and brand strategy.
Mathieu Lehanneur, a noted French designer whose creations encompass such disparate fields as science, art, and technology, will serve as Chief Designer.
Lehanneur said, “We are at a turning point in history. Technology is no longer simply around us it is with us, and, in the case of wearables, on us. The challenge now is to give it shape.”
Huawei is expanding its collaboration with the French design community, having recently signed a partnership with the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI), a leading design school in Paris.
“We welcome and appreciate the long-term investments and economic contribution Huawei is making in France. Huawei’s selection of Paris as the site of its global Aesthetics Research Center is another proof that Paris is becoming one of the most important cities globally when it comes to design and technology, ” said Jean-Louis Missika, Mayor of Paris.
A major player in the information communications and technology (ICT) field, Huawei has had operations in France since 2003 and is now the country’s largest foreign investor from China.