China has been something of a design wasteland over the last century but a new generation of furniture designers could well be putting China back on the design map. Tom Pattinson asks if China will soon be regarded as the world's drawing board, rather than just the world's factory
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is one of those landmark buildings that will remain an iconic monument long after the controversy around its conception is forgotten.
The building looks like an enormous ship stranded in a forest, a dozen glass sails, billowing in the wind. A shimmering explosion of glass, light, and reflection that is as intimidating as a battleship and could easily leave a young deckhand lost, wandering aimlessly between thousands of wooden beams, open roof pathways and white mezzanines.
Article for Vogue China on contemporary art in China
At Frieze – the largest contemporary art fair in London – this October, there was one party that everyone was trying to get tickets to. Model Lily Cole and rock star Michael Stipe of REM were sipping champagne alongside the world’s most influential art collectors, curators and artists. Damien Hirst, Sam Taylor-Wood and Tracey Emin were just some of the a-list artists that were at the opening of the White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey, south London.
Chinese Stars Artist Huang Rui interview for German Traveller Magazine
Beijing’s high-rise buildings and congested streets disappear in the rear view mirror and are replaced by empty, back roads as we approach the suburban art district of Huantie. China’s most famous art district – Factory 798 – is already five miles behind us and we can see stray dogs and chickens rummaging around in the fresh rubble of what was, up until recently, a row of rural homes. Out of town villages are being replaced with suburban villas, as the newly wealthy look to find somewhere away from the smog and gridlock of downtown Beijing.
As the hammer went down to mark the end of Christie’s Spring Art Auctions last month there was a palpable buzz in the packed auction room in Hong Kong. The Asian and Chinese 20th Century Art auctions sold 100% of the works at over three times the estimate. This comes just weeks after Pablo Picasso’s "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust" sold for $106.5 million at Christie's in New York, setting the world record for any work of art sold at an auction. Art – it seems – is firmly back in favour, and a number of art funds have sprung up to offer alternatives for those wanting to diversify from stocks and bonds.