China Contemporary

China Contemporary

  1. Photographs by Michael Freeman
  2. Text by Xiao Dan Wang
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  • ISBN 9780500514184
  • 24.90 x 22.90 cm
  • Hardback
  • 264pp
  • 285 Illustrations, 285 in colour
  • First published 2008

China is booming, not only in its rapidly growing economy, but also through innovation in decorative and fine arts, interior design and architecture. This is the first major survey of the new directions in style and design taken by the architects, designers and homeowners of China’s leading urban centres.

China Contemporary by Michael Freeman
China Contemporary showcases 35 examples of the new wave of Chinese design through the stunning photography of Michael Freeman and the perceptive commentary and interviews of Chinese journalist Xiao Dan Wang.

Continuity – Chinese society and its associated arts have long been steeped in tradition. In contemporary China the traditions are being expressed in vibrant new ways and materials.
Colour – The use of colour has always held profound significance in traditional Chinese culture; here, it is illustrated primarily in the context of contemporary design and materials.
Conversion – Factories, apartment blocks and other older buildings of the Communist era are rapidly being refurbished in visually exciting ways.
Crossover – Two striking aspects of the new China are a willingness to embrace influences from other cultures, especially the West, and a new vigour in promoting Chinese art and design outside China.

A directory of individuals, organizations and locations completes this survey of some of the most advanced and exciting design projects in the new China.

Michael Freeman is a much-travelled photographer and author, specializing in Asian and Oriental subjects. His books include the best-selling In the Oriental Style, The Spirit of Asia, The New Oriental Style and Mindful Design of Japan (all published by Thames & Hudson). Xiao Dan Wang is a journalist and web designer based in London, from where she travels frequently to China. Her first book, London, was recently published in China.