Essensualism - Shang Xia and The Craft Spirit of Contemporary Chinese Design
Essensualism – Shang Xia and The Craft Spirit of Contemporary Chinese Design
Charlotte & Peter Fiell
Laurence King / Quercus
"Jiang Qiong Er is one of those rare design visionaries who can see far beyond the here and now, but also happens to be very much practically grounded in the present....Through her establishment of Shang Xia, Jiang is pioneering a fascinating new approach to design, which can perhaps be best described as ‘Essensualism’. Marrying aesthetic refinement with an innate sensualism, Essensualism – as the name suggests – is all about distilling objects and spaces down to their most spiritually and sensually connective essence. This enlightened fourth-dimensional approach to design enables the creation of exquisite objects that have a sophistication inspired by ancient antecedents and which are based on thoughtful problem-solving as well as flawlessly executed craftsmanship."
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