#modern country desk

5 years ago · 7 min read
Zhu, Ji Hong, 46 – painter.

“I’m happiest when I’m out having fun. I’ve always enjoyed life, and going out with other people more so than staying in. When we go out we do some karaoke, play a bit of mahjong. Do you play mahjong? You should, it’s more fun than cards!”

5 years ago · 7 min read
Under the spotlight: treating reclaimed wood.

Stepping under the shade of a veranda, we can hear the swishing of water against the walls of the tank in the washing section of the workshop. In China, the wood found in old, irreparable buildings and houses that are set to be demolished is rescued and reused by the artisan furniture industry. Before it […]

5 years ago · 7 min read
Hand-made from start to finish: crafting the Marylebone desk.

Moving her arm back and forth, the back end of a hammer wrapped around an old nail, Fu Jiao yanks the metal out of the wood plank. Sourced from irreparable homes anywhere between 40 and 100 years old, the reclaimed pine used in the making of the Marylebone desk must be washed, dried, and any […]

5 years ago · 7 min read
Chen, Da Qi, 37, carpenter.

“I have a lot of respect for my older brother. My parents couldn’t support us when we were young, so he took charge of the family and held us together. It wasn’t always easy for him.”

5 years ago · 7 min read
What are you passionate about?

“I’m a bit of a movie buff,” Dong Liao tells us. “I love watching films in my spare time. I watched an action film last night about the battles that resulted in the creation of the People’s Republic of China in the 1940s – it was superb.”