Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 26 Spring 2010 Contents CHINA
The ’Hai gets eco savvy, Asia’s new arts
hub, image celebration and much more
WORDS Sharon Leece
Down near the Shiliupu dock on Shanghai’s South Bund, design architect Lyndon Neri,
of Neri & Hu Design and Research Office, has turned a 1930s industrial warehouse into
a 19-room boutique hotel. Neri stayed true to the raw vibe of the original structure – lots
of distressed concrete and oxidised metals inside and out – but incorporated clean white
walls, exposed brickwork and retro-design classic furniture. Taking inspiration from the
often close living quarters of the city’s residents, Neri has cheekily blurred private and
public spaces with adjustable shutters on the guest room windows (left) and angled
external mirrors that allow residents to ‘spy’ on public areas and into other rooms. Just
watch out when you’re showering is all we can say. Visit waterhouseshanghai.com.
HC Berg’s Light Space – Linear
Momentum, 2010 at ART HK 10.
The recent Hong Kong International Art Fair 2010 put the city firmly in the spotlight
as Asia’s arts hub. Big-name artists, gallerists and high-profile collectors and art stars
from East and West – including Jay Jopling, Zhang Xiaogang, Antony Gormley and
Baz Luhrmann – all mingled at the event, which featured 155 galleries from 29 countries
representing works by more than 1000 artists. Among the top sales were Green Wall –
Husband and Wife by Zhan g Xiaog a ng , fet ching US$1m (A $1.15m); Liu Ye’s Co mposition
with Bamboo and Grass, which went for US$650,000 (A$746,000); and The Inescapable
Truth by Damien Hirst – the first formaldehyde work by the artist to be shown in China
– w hich sold fo r £ 1 .75m (A$3m). Visit hongkongartfair.com.
Shanghai-based lifestyle store Shanghai Trio has opened up shop in Beijing
(below). The brand, created in 1998 by Virginie Fournier, focuses on the beauty in
everyday objects, taking simple local craft techniques and infusing them with modern
elements. Includes duvet covers, cushions, purses, bags and scarves in silks, linens
and cottons with a subtle colour palette. Tillage at Sanlitun North, NLG-38,
11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoy ang Distri ct, Beijing , shanghaitrio.com.
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