Chinese New Year & Spring Festival 2008

Year of the Pig ends and year of the Rat begins on febraury 7th 2008 till January 26th 2009 “Springfestival” or “Chinese Newyear” is nowadays well known in the West as well, though only experiencing it yourself will show you how important it is for the Chinese. The impact is huge, surely with the role […]

CNC Woodcarving Machines: Hand carved vs. machines

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Last week we went to an exhibition of new classic Chinese furniture. There were not only factories of furniture, but also those selling frightening robot-like CNC machines… It made me wonder if hand made is even in threat of becoming less-abundant even here, even in this workmanship, even in art …

Mid-Autumn festival and finally holiday for the Chinese.

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The Mid-Autumn Festival (Simplified Chinese: 中秋节), also known as the Moon (cake) Festival, is a popular East Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness, dating back over 3,000 years to China’s Zhou Dynasty. Consequence is one week of holiday, that is one week of possible delays. Foreigners doing business with China often forget this, because in […]

Interior design tip: How to integrate Tibetan furniture into the home

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Chinese furniture is becoming more and more popular, surely about 50% of the decorated homes have an item one or the other Asian style. Before the 90’s Asian furniture used in western interiors was often of a abstract, cold, zen style. Mono-colored cabinets, without any curls. Often plain red or black lacquered. But in the […]

The problem of “Chaobuduo 差不多” (and how it effects making reproduction furniture)

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Chinese workers love to use the phrase ¨cha bu duo¨ 差不多 (pronounced “Cha Boo Daul) which directly translates to ¨not very far off  (meaning approximately or roughly)¨ Unfortunately, in almost all case it usually works out to be not even close,  in other words,  “cha tai duo”  (meaning way too far off).   Workers see no need for […]

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