Bespoke Chinese style reproduction furniture – from concept to reality in seven simple (or not so simple) steps

chinese-custom-made-bespoke-furniture-design Bespoke Chinese style reproduction furniture - from concept to reality in seven simple (or not so simple) steps

Its always interesting to see the progression from idea to reality. When people come to me with raw ideas, my task is to walk them through process from the initial concept to final product. Usually that’ means helping them determine on the specific requirements, narrowing down the details and deciding on the “overall look and feel” […]

Chinese Woodworking: books and resources from around the web

Chinese_carpenter Chinese Woodworking: books and resources from around the web

Books on Chinese Woodworking with good diagrams There are a lot of books on Chinese antiques out there, most of which we have on our amazon list already.  And not to boast but I do think this list is about as complete as it gets. However, I find these ones have the most complete details […]

How to avoid cracking and splitting in Chinese solid wood furniture

A-cracked-panel How to avoid cracking and splitting in Chinese solid wood furniture

“Is that a crack?” About once a week, I am asked this question. Some of the times, its about furniture which has been purchased elsewhere. Other times its about our own furniture. It might have been custom made or simply the customer purchased it from from a moving sale.  Some pieces might have traveled the […]

Dutch designer Maarten Baas in Shanghai: Interesting twists on Chinese traditional furniture designs

chinese-lawn-chair-side-in-wood Dutch designer Maarten Baas in Shanghai: Interesting twists on Chinese traditional furniture designs

I stumbled upon this rather amusing post on designaddict.com which talks about Maarten Baas‘s, recent Jully 2008 exhibition at Contrasts gallery in Shanghai. While participating in Contrasts’ residency program, which brings Western artists to China to study local artistic and cultural practices, Baas became fascinated with traditional Chinese woodcarving; this exhibition is dominated by the […]

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