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Luxury lifestyle brand Shanghai Tang's
signature acid-bright palet te has been used
inside its new restaurant-bar in Shanghai's
Xintiandi district. The t wo-storey Shanghai
Tang Cafe's eye-popping interior colour
scheme -- think turquoise, rich red, lime
green, bright blue and bold orange -- is
accented by birdcages, shiny lantern-like
chandeliers, specially crafted furniture
pieces, latticework walls and tables set with
the brand's homewares products. Heavy
on the oriental chic, perhaps, but it's a style
statement we won't forget in a hurry.
What's new in arts, design, architecture
and culture throughout China.
TEXT Sharon Leece
While many pared-back eco products are made in China, they have been hard
to source within the country itself. Not any more. Scandinavian design aesthetics
meet renewable bamboo in Spooon's new Hongxu Road showroom in Shanghai. Its
all-natural Bamboo Basic collection
of trays, spoons, bowls and salad
servers is made of three- to four-
year-old bamboo, which is light,
hard and naturally resists cuts,
scratches and moisture. Its warm
colour is achieved by simply
steaming the bamboo. Nothing
else required. Visit spooon.dk.
The Shanghai World Expo 2010 opens
on May 1 and its 'Better City, Better Life'
theme has inspired cutting-edge pavilion
designs from around the globe. Australia's
red-ochre pavilion, by leading architectural
firm Wood/Marsh and creative design firm
Think!OTS, blends the shape and colours
of Australia's ancient landscape with a
sculptural, modern, urban design and has a
weathered steel exterior. Until October 31,
2010. Visit australianpavilion.com.
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