#modern country style

5 years ago · 7 min read
Wu, Cong Yan, 39 – Sander.

“I grew up in Guangxi where the air is good and you’re surrounded by mountains. I just loved playing in the mountains. Those kinds of things really inform who you are. We go back to visit once a year.”

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
Wang, Jian Bing, 33 – wood carver.

“I love playing computer games like Call of Duty. I’m pretty good at it. I play against other people on the Internet but, if I’m being honest, I prefer playing it outside of online competitions – it’s a form of relaxation to me.”

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
Michelle Mason, designer.

“I think what I’m most known for is colour. I adore it. Once I pick a palette the colours just fall into place. I’m meant to be quite impartial as a designer, but my heart has a mind of its own; I can’t help but be drawn in by blues and teals – coastal colours.”

5 years ago · 7 min read
Under the spotlight – obtaining the Juliette’s weathered finish.

It’s quiet in the finishing section of the workshop where our artisan runs a thick paintbrush over the oak frame of a Gustavian-style Juliette bench, covering it in a pristine white. It’s the first step in a finishing process that results in one of the defining characteristics of this late 18th century Swedish design movement […]

5 years ago · 7 min read
Ge, Xiao Xie, 44, seamstress.

“I was born in an area with lots of mountains, trees and rolling hills. I used to sit and do my homework in the shade of a tree, looking up at a mountain. It sounds very romantic now but I didn’t enjoy studying – I only did what I had to do!”

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.”

6 years ago · 7 min read
Tell us about yourself.

Luna has a naturally happy disposition. His colleagues claim he’s the joker. “I come from the Khati caste, it means carpenter. I love making all the furniture.” He drags out ‘all’ for emphasis – “allll the furniture.”