Friday Finds – Contemporary Chinese Design

The dialogue between the past and the present continues to resonate deeply within us and we are excited to share with you the new Shanghai- based luxury lifestyle brand, Shang-Xia (Mandarin for “up down”).

They have collaborated with Christie’s auction house around the globe this summer (first stop was Paris,  followed by New York and San Francisco) to 
present their debut collection of very limited edition furniture, jewelry and and tea sets.  The works wholly embrace the traditional heritage of Chinese craftsmanship while expressing a very clean modern aesthetic. 


This series of Da Tian Di  (Big Sky and Earth) Chairs is an artful embodiment of the concept of Heaven and Earth – straight angles framing a curve. 

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Da Tian Di Chair  handcrafted in solid wood with red lacquer in the tradition of Ming furniture.


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Da Tian Di Chair  in Zitan, which is a very special dense tropical red sandalwood used in traditional Chinese furniture


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 This exquisite porcelain tea cup, ‘Lotus Pure’ (2014), is a unique piece. Made of paper-thin egg porcelain, it is breathtakingly delicate and elegant. The balance of simplicity of form and bold colors is perfect.


photo 5-3Our guide, Thomas, at the exhibition was exceedingly enthusiastic and knowledgable. He really excited us about the elegance and grace of the designs and ceremony of these objects.


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This tea set was presented on the landing of the main staircase at Christie’s with the view behind it into a research room. The size and weight and feel of these objects creates a sublime experience – and we didn’t even have any tea!

Note: We found out later that this brand was launched by Hermès in 2008. Also interesting to know, is that this is the first time Christie’s has collaborated with a retail brand. Sales details are here.

Inquiries about any of these objects: or 06 47 25 09 66

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