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Billed as China's coolest bathhouse, style icon JinR
has built a bathhouse residence in the grounds of
her successful Green T House Living complex in
Beijing's Shunyi District. Aiming to revive China's
ancient Zen bathing culture, the starkly minimal
1500sqm villa functions as both spa and home (it
can sleep up to eight). The cavernous open space
has huge glass windows, a black stone floor, a 12m
communal dining table carved from a single tree
trunk, giant open fireplace and huge egg-shaped
infinity bath cut into the floor. There are upper
floor loft bedrooms at either end. On the roof is an
onsen-style rooftop jacuzzi that can fit 20 people
and is great, says JinR, when it snows.
318 Cuigezhuang Xiang, Hegezhuang Cun, Chaoyang,
Beijing, China, 100015, (86) 10 8456 4922,
Lighting company Innermost is do ng its cap -- or rather tipping its hat -- to British style with a new range of quirky
pendant lamps inspired by the British class system of the late 19th Century. Back then gentlemen of leisure wore "top"
hats and working men wore "bowler" hats. Today they come together through these aptly named Jeeves and Wooster
lights. Each is a handmade wool felt hat with an anodised aluminium lining available either separately or in groups.
Innermost, 248 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong, (852) 2857 5289, innermost.net.
Crystal company Swarovski chose Shanghai's 100 percent Design Exhibition as a venue to showcase its
collaboration with a number of innovative Chinese and China-based interior and product designers. The
designers used Crystallized -- Swarovski Elements (crystals in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours) in various
ways including in a floating flower table by Ju Bing; in crystallised ceramic cups by Xie Dong; in lighting by Wang
Kaifang; in square cabinets by Nathan Liu Feng and in Ming-style furniture by Song Tao. Additional pieces
included a t wisted sofa by Nina Edwards Anker and a bookshelf by WOKmedia. crystallized.com.
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