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Chinese Models of Modern Design

Back in 2009, the largest real estate developer in China, Vanke, wanted to show prospective buyers and investors the luxury and modern living that was available in China. So they built two model homes in Shanghai to show off all the possibilities. The interior spaces were designed by Neri & Hu, while the furniture and accessories were chosen by Design Republic.

The first home was designed to accommodate a young, design-savvy family. The effect is at once “warm and chic,” open yet intimate, with ultra-modern furnishings set off against natural interior finishes. The design centers around the impressive two-story dining room. Here Moooi lighting provides all of the eye-catching, contemporary lighting. A cluster of Non Random Lights floats over the table while a silvery pseudo-traditional Kaipo Table Lamp glistens on the sideboard. The rounded shape of these lighting pieces offset the clean, intricate lines of the surrounding wood “cage.” The Non-Random Lights are particularly effective, drawing the eye up to admire the tall ceilings:

Even the couple’s master bathroom gets the full modern treatment. It is unexpectedly furnished by a Moooi Smoke Chair (with a purposely burnt look) complemented by a similarly ashy-toned and ultra-contemporary Nestore Floor Lamp by Artemide:

As a contemporary representation of Chinese life, the design of the second house was based on the “Chinese boxes” concept. The central design element is the shelving, with each of the home’s three floors displaying the collectables and artwork of the three generations meant to live there. In the ground floor living room, the grandparents exhibit their pottery and porcelain collection. They apparently have very eclectic taste, what with the unusual Blow Away Vase by Moooi (in the upper left corner of the shelving unit) displayed together with more traditional pieces:

In the third floor master bedroom, the parents have a collection of writing instruments and other artifacts. And in the basement game room, children are able to exhibit their work and paintings. Such artwork is inspired in no small part by the room’s decor, including a couple cushy Dickie Chairs, again by Moooi, and playful orange and green Puppies by Eero Aarino:

The construction and interior design of both model homes were finished in 2010. To see more, check out the original blog at Archilovers.

About the author



As the Content Marketing Manager for YDesign Group, Nissa has been writing about lighting, furniture and decor for many years. Considering that there's always something new out there, she'll likely write about them for many years more. She loves all things modern design, especially those designs that reinterpret classic forms in cool, imaginative ways. If she had her way, she'd spend all her money on such pieces (and wine).

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