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Design watch | China
Shanghai-based Sharon Leece has written China Style, China Modern
and China Living to showcase China’s design sce ne, plus is editor-at-large
for the Architectural Digest China magazine.
The eyes of the world are upon Chinese architecture. In this case, however, it’s
not for the biggest, tallest, highest or most statement-making of designs, but
for something more authentic, enduring and altogether more valuable. For the
first time in history, a Chinese architect, Wang Shu, has won the coveted Pritzker
architecture prize (see p66), and interestingly it is because of his commitment
to timeless design, modern forms and salvaged materials. Elsewhere across
the country, designers are looking at the value of being rooted in one’s locality,
whether it be in terms of building with indigenous materials, upcycling old furniture
or renovating traditional structures to provide places for young talents to develop
their creativity. It’s all good news for the future of design in China.
Shanghai just got even mo re gla mo ro us. Au stralian Michelle Ga rn au t (inset) decided it was time
to revamp her much-loved Bund-side Glamour Bar (now renamed Glamour). Keeping the sexy
high-heel-i nspired chro me a nd mirrored cen tral ba r, Chinese la ndscape-printed fabric screen s
an d co mfy mismatched sofas an d chairs, Glamou r’s design er Roger Hack wor th added a new
win e bar, a sex y cha mpagn e bar an d a show-stopping bespoke ni ne-metre-lo ng oak, brass an d
steel co mmun al table for drink s, n ibbles an d chats. We are also coveting the set of three brass
custom-design ed Co mpass chan deliers han ging above, design ed by Apparatu s i n New Yo rk.
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