Words by Katie Treggiden.
When in Shanghai, the FOLLY team always pops in to see Design Republic. The store, founded by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu aka Neri&Hu, offers products from global design talents as well as covetable collaborations with foreign and local designers which explore the concept of modern Chinese design. Crossing the boundaries between tradition and modernity, their products seek to find beauty in the relationship between people and the simple objects they use in life – a plate, a teacup, a chair. Their newly launched furniture collection is quiet, understated, and available now, and the good news is they ship to Europe. Should you find yourself in Shanghai, they are situated in the old British Police Headquarters, sharing space with a design gallery, an event space, a cafe, a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton and a one-bedroomed apartment, which you can rent. (www.thedesignrepublic.com)
Portrait by Andrew Rowat.