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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
The first major survey of the new directions in style taken by the designers
of Beijing, Shanghai, and other major Chinese centers.
Parallel to China's rapid economic growth is a boom in the decorative and fine
arts, in interior design, and in architecture. This book showcases some of the
most exciting examples of the new wave of Chinese design through the stunning
photography of Michael Freeman and the perceptive commentaries and interviews
of Chinese journalist Xiao Dan Wang.
The book is divided into four main sections:
Continuity: in the Green T House, Beijing, for example, the elegant lines of
Ming Dynasty chairs have been lengthened and curved to create artifacts of a
Color focuses on the use of traditional color schemes in new materials, like
the predominant subtle whites in the Beijing apartment of two graduates from
the top art college in China, the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Conversion shows the ways in which older buildings (factories and apartment
blocks) of the Communist era are being refurbished in visually exciting ways.
Crossover explores the new China's willingness to embrace influences from
other cultures, as in the spectacular Shanghai apartment of Pearl Lam, an
internationally known art dealer.
A directory of locations completes this visually spectacular account of the
most advanced and exciting projects in new Chinese design. 304 color