Chinese style: from past to present
A superbly illustrated book that examines the emergence of modern Chinese interior design and architecture, from the country's enthusiastic embrace of Western technologies and advancements in the wake of the "Cultural Revolution," to today's quiet renaissance of traditional values. It is not a simple return to ancient times and themes, but a successful and mature approach to blending the old with the new. Today's developments in Chinese interior design are a direct result of the gradual awakening of national consciousness and a new appreciation of the idea that "the more national a culture is, the more internationally cherished it becomes." The book is divided into five chapters all devoted to rethinking specific elements of Chinese design tradition including philosophy, ideas, techniques, decorations and components. It covers ceilings, furniture, courtyards, spatial definition, ventilation techniques, lighting and much more.
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