Sunday, June 22, 2008

Contemporary Chinese Design

Contemporary Chinese design is getting more attention with the Beijing Olympics being hosted in China in August, 2008. Knowing that many students will have watched the Olympics just before returning to school provides another "teachable moment" to call their attention to design in China in general as well as design that went into presenting the Olympics.

Sharon Leece is a Shanghai-based English author who has written three books on the subject that showcase some of the most innovative homes and interior designs in today’s China.

Leece’s three books on Chinese design trends — China Style (2002), China Modern (2003) and China Living (2007), show the modernity and ingeniousness of Chinese design in the hands of contemporary artists, architects, art dealers, decorators and home-owners.

(Right) Art collector Handel Lee’s Bauhaus-inspired house sits well in a rural environment, with its cubist lines, flat roof and smooth facade.

China Living reveals unexpected designs in China and the cover shows the trend-setting Green T House. Among the many stunning interiors featured in China Living, Leece picked Villa Shizilin in Changping County, north of Beijing, as her favorite.

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