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CULTURE
Chen Tianzhuo's Picnic
An indolent psychonaut walks onto a stage in a brightly colored outfit and loads his bong with the ritual gestures of a tea master. He puts on a helmet—complete with a weed leaf-shaped halo—and as the bowl burns, a cloud of thick smoke fills the...
CULTURE
Seal Chen's Mixed Media Art
Mixing medias and construction methods with varying themes of religious, historical and moral matter, the work of Shanghai's self-made artist Seal Chen conjures up images of Hieronymus Bosch’s darkest symbolic creatures with a wave of steam-punk...
CULTURE
Xu Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production
Xu Zhen is a pioneer within Chinese underground contemporary art and an influential figure in Shanghai's scene. In 1998, along with Davide Quadrio, he founded Bizart in Shanghai, a platform to support local and international artists, which has been...
CULTURE
Lu Yang’s Uterus Man
Listed among the most influential young Chinese artists, Shanghai-born Lu Yang (who graduated from the prestigious China Academy of Art's New Media Department) creates work that explores themes of death, disease, genetics and biomechanics. Behind...
DESIGN
10 Corso Como, Shanghai
Shanghai already counts one millionaire in every 175 people, and a new plan to expand the city's free-trade zone will boost investment and reinforce its identity as one of the biggest trade hubs in China. Thanks to its recent surge, Shanghai—sometimes...
DESIGN
EDGE Shop by NeochaEDGE
Based in Shanghai and born from a small collective of designers, filmmakers, musicians and entrepreneurs, NeochaEDGE is a multi-faceted and successful creative agency and production house. It's a pioneering company—founded by Adam J. Schokora and...
STYLE
Decoster Concept
Decoster Concept is a new design project created by Ziggy Chen (Chinese: Chen Xiang), a well-known fashion designer from Shanghai and founder of Decoster. Decoster Concept is a high level, conceptual label launched in the second half of 2011. The...
STYLE
Shang Xia
In a bustling metropolis like Shanghai, Shang Xia's boutique strikes a balance between "human and nature", a millenary value of Chinese culture that often appears to be lost in the country's economic rush. Wood and sandstone are combined together...
CULTURE
Abigail Washburn: Afterquake
Nashville-based folk artist Abigail Washburn, long-known for her interest in China, recently collaborated with The Shanghai Restoration to produce a benefit album entitled "Afterquake" for the survivors of last year’s Sichuan...
DESIGN
Hunn Wai for Mein Studio Gallery: Ping-Pong Dining Table
Shanghai-based (and Design Academy Eindhoven-trained) designer Hunn Wai's new Ping-Pong table for Mein Studio's Gallery space takes Ping Pong back to its Victorian roots as an after dinner game played in dining rooms. Made with Corian, the...
CULTURE
Liu Jianhua: Dream In Conflict
Chinese artist Liu Jianhua has built a model of the Shanghai skyline using just poker chips and dice. Widely known for his quirky ceramic sculptures, his exhibition Dream in Conflict has just been opened at the Galleria Continua in Italy and features...
STYLE
Nankeen Bags and Accessories
With their deep blue hue, bold graphics and contrast lining, Nankeen's bags, ties, pillows and other accessories win points for looks alone. The vivid color and name comes from an ancient Chinese hand-printing process using indigo dye (much like...
CULTURE
Mei Guo at Contrasts Gallery
"Mei Guo," which translates into English as The Beautiful World, from the French Le Beau Monde, is a forthcoming exhibition of Asian American and Asian artists living in America. Soon to be on view at Pearl Lam's renowned Contrasts...
CULTURE
Justin Guariglia: Planet Shanghai
Shanghai is a perplexing city. The "Pearl of the East" embodies the admirable characteristics of a modern metropolis, but often the inverse as well. In "Planet Shanghai"'s introduction, travel writer John Krich asks, "...