Designed in China, the new Made in China

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

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Art investment for Esquire

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.

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