One of the most current design trends is 'made in China'!
Although I have read steadily over the last few years regarding Axil Vervoort and the trend of 'Les Belg' , Joni of Cote de Texas did a fabulous post last year and of course Gret from Belgian Pearls and Brooke from Velvet and Linen have all helped expose design blog readers to the style. I did not however; expect to run smack dab into it at a dinner table in Shanghai. I should have know Mary Ching had clever tricks up her sleeve!
Seated to my left was Luay Al Rawi a Dutchman who loves old wood in just about any form. Here is a man who has become the 'father' of recycling in design in China. As the country rushes forward to catch up to some of the Western ideals it is a perfect place to discover and recycle wood and iron into fabulous new contemporary design. Luay is one of Restoration Hardware's
featured artisians and where you all are probably most familiar with many of his designs.
CEO and creative director of Kenas Luay founded the company just 15 years ago although he has been exporting various products from China for decades. Kenas now ships over 4000 containers of furniture all over the world every year. Kenas employs over 2500 people in their manufacturing facility outside of Shanghai.
Just last September they opened a retail outlet at 133 in Shanghai, finally at 'home' where the next main market is.