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Friday, September 17, 2010
Dynasty Revival


Focused on introducing Hong Kong to the best and most innovative in fashion, style and design from around the world, Lane Crawford has invited a group of creatives to 'curate' exclusive items in celebration of our 160th anniversary.


Honouring Lane Crawford’s rich history and roots, the antique Chinese Ming chair — traditionally reserved for people of power, strength and status in China — is given modern makeovers by creative design visionaries, Tom Dixon, Fornasetti, Guangci, Jaime Hayón, Ilse Crawford, D.B. Kim for Swarovski Crystal Palace, Squint and Michael Young, transforming the traditional chair into one-of-a-kind contemporary works of art.


To share these special limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces, they will be showcased at an exclusive exhibition at Lane Crawford’s ifc mall flagship store in September 2010.  The comprehensive project will incorporate a new multi-media platform including an interactive, world-contributed microsite, as well as an auction with proceeds benefiting UNICEF, the only UN organisation dedicated exclusively to children.


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Barnaba Fornasetti



Barnaba Fornasetti, son of the founder Piero Fornasetti, is perpetuating the Fornasetti legacy by continuing to produce and renew designs with a creative heart. Fornasetti revives archive works and collaborates with diverse industries to keep his concepts new and interesting. Applying extraordinary visuals to designs, Fornasetti is able to create an abundance of important motifs that turn into the brand’s signature. Fornasetti’s commitment and dedication to create has marked a plausible recognition in the design industry.


Applying Fornasetti’s neoclassical, collaged, and surreal style to the Ming Chair, the design blurs the line between classics and modern art, and at the same time, highlights the essence of both the Chinese and Western cultures. The distinctive and unique shape of the Ming Chair allows Fornasetti to get creative with lavish whimsical imagery, such as owls perch on the seat-back, a pair of buttocks cheekily rest on the seat, a sun radiates on the back, and butterflies all over the chair. The application of the meticulous trompe l’oeil technique further animates the chair to create a new identity, transforming something that belongs to a different culture into “something Fornasetti” without conflict.





Qu Guangci



Born and raised in Shanghai, Qu Guangci is a prominent sculptor. His works often romanticise the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. Iconic figures such as communist leader Mao Tse-tung or significant revolution events are frequently featured. Qu likes to apply contemporary elements such as the use of bright colour and comic styles to add a hint of humour to the design. Qu explains that he went through the Cultural Revolution and that he wants to erase the abusive and painful memory with a new interpretation.


As a Chinese designer, Qu has a strong devotion and sense of belonging towards the Ming Chair. The Ming Chair is a representation of heritage and he believes heritage can be interpreted as a root of a tree. Regardless the circumstances, the roots of a tree are the key to its life. He poetically symbolises the piece as a Chinese folk tale, naming the chair “I Am A Tree” as an indication of his take on Chinese heritage and traditions. Qu aims to convey Chinese virtues in his designs with important values such as family bond, views on fortune, and appreciation of the nature. Known for his humorous and playful style, Qu adds bird figurines to the chair to further prove his statement, “I even want a flock of birds to think my chair as a tree”. Qu stands by his belief that humour can be found even in the most solemn event. 




Ilse Crawford

Ilse Crawford



The works of multi-disciplinary design authority Ilse Crawford hardly require any introduction.  As the creative force behind such brands as the Inns, Soho House New York and award winning Mathias Dahlgren restaurant, Crawford’s portfolio is expansive; covering everything from brand creation and interior design consultancy to product design. Crawford founded design company Studioilse and works from the macro level – looking at the business, the brand, and the social relevance. Intelligence led, their ideal is to create platforms for social connections that embed new values. Crawford’s approach to design creates new realities, and is emotionally charged, gathering a cult status fan base.


Refreshing an iconic chair without losing its identity and content is the key to Crawford’s Ming Chair. She treasures designs and furniture that are passed down from generation to generation. With a strong emphasis on fine craftsmanship, the chair is stripped to draw attention on the connections which are made with incredible skills without the use of nails. Crawford believes it is crucial to understand the essence of the chair, the history and ongoing story in order to further express it in a new way.




Jaime Hayón

Jaime Hayón


Jaime Hayón is known to be the most intriguing figures in modern Spanish design. Influenced by the skateboard culture and graffiti art as a teenager, the foundation of Hayón’s work is submerged with these elements. With a focus in industrial design in school, Hayón joined Fabrica and worked closely with the legendary image-maker and agitator Oliverio Toscani. Eight years later, Hayón broke out on his own and put his name at the forefront. Hayón contributed greatly to the contemporary design industry and managed to blur the lines between art, decoration, and design. Currently with a new base in Barcelona, Hayón’s work has been featured in major design publications and newspaper globally.


Famous for his playful yet functional style, Hayón manages to insert his identity to the Ming Chair. With a strong belief that heritage is a treasure inherited from the past to enrich the present, Hayón cherishes traditions. His intention of the design is to reinterpret and create something new without losing the Ming Chair’s initial and essential aesthetic. Rocking legs and an overlapping seat are integrated to the design. To put further emphasis on the Hayón’s characteristic; his signature colour, dark violet, is lacquered over the chair. The interesting combination gives an edgy and contemporary spin to the traditional Ming Chair.




Michael Young

Michael Young


British born, Hong Kong-based designer, Michael Young is known for his humorous yet functional products and furniture. Considered as one of the most successful and influential designers of his generation, Young worked on several production pieces that were acquired by renowned institutions such as Centre Pompidou and the Louve in Paris. Young has also been globetrotting around the world from London, to Iceland, Belgium, and Hong Kong to further gain inspirations for his designs. His iconic use of curved contours and bright colours not only embrace technology and push the limits of innovation, but also elevate awareness and appreciation for the art of design in the market.


Young believes that heritage holds the value of world together; it puts current surroundings into perspective and life becomes soulless without it. Standing by these values, Young applies the paper-folding technique, an ancient Chinese art, to the Ming Chair. As an appreciator of the Chinese culture, the finished piece undoubtedly represents the beauty within the Chinese culture - the Ming Chair and ancient paper-folding art as representations of the extensive culture and rich history in arts, and the handcrafting technique as a representation of the substantial manpower in China.





Lisa Whatmough


Founded by Lisa Whatmough, a former sculptor and painter, Squint fuses beautiful old textiles with different antique furniture to create unexpected one-of-a-kind pieces. Squint’s reputable use of exquisite fabrics and exuberant colours gives a dazzling attack on the senses as you witness the ultimate collaboration between traditional English form and contemporary vibrant patterns. Hidden behind the unique creations is the greatest quality in handcraftsmanship. Every piece is individually constructed, carved, and made-to-order with respect to the highest standards in bespoke furniture.


With a strong mindset of preserving and perpetuating old items, Whatmough revives the Ming Chair with Squint’s signature patchwork technique to create a new interpretation. With the aim to preserve its heritage, she selects woven English fabrics inspired by gentlemen’s silk ties to decorate the chair. A relatively muted palette is applied to ensure the colour does not overwhelm the linear shape of the chair. The finished piece fits perfectly with Squint’s vision to create unexpected one-of-a-kind pieces by reupholstering antique furniture with limelight-stealing patchworked fabrics.




Swarovski Crystal Palace

D.B Kim


New York and Chicago-based award-winning design expert, D.B Kim is a commentator on creativity and has built a professional career that has taken him around the globe. His extensive knowledge in hospitality development, product design, and interiors design has established his association with design leaders including Swarovski Crystal Palace. Kim’s collaboration with Swarovski Crystal Palace on the Unity Ring is inspired by the simplicity of the precious and complex qualities of Swarovski crystals. Kim is able to create objects that function not only on a practical level, but also on an emotional one. His convictions, humour, and intellect drive a strategic imprint on the business of design and creativity.


With an in-depth knowledge and background in Asian history, Kim relates the Ming Chair to its fundamental meaning in the Chinese culture, a symbol of superiority and throne. Kim reinforces the prestigious status of the chair by dazzling it with scattered precious Swarovski crystals. The aim is to present a simple design with a high level of attention, as if a spirit is given to the Ming Chair.




Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon


Tom Dixon is the design and manufacturing company that specialises in furniture and lighting. Tunisia-born designer Tom Dixon was self-taught, and has since been recognised for his commitment to innovation as he draws his inspirations from his unique heritage and clever engineering. Dixon’s modern yet simple designs are a true reflection of his passion for metalwork, and are highly suitable for the chic and modern household. His pieces, often conveyed to be multifunctional furnishing items, have been exhibited in museums around the world, as Dixon himself has also designed objects and interiors for other designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Ralph Lauren and Vivienne Westwood.


“Chairs have been the passport to my progress in design”. Known for his basic but extremely modern and chic designs, Dixon has been an expert in chair industry. With a diverse perspective towards history and culture, Dixon believes heritage is the accumulated culture and history that makes each person unique; it is also one’s connection to the past. As seen in his design, Dixon uses a fluorescent orange lacquer to modernise the chair without undermining the classic proportion, creating his own version of Ming Chair without losing its Chinese character. Dixon adores heritage and history, and at the same time, is a pioneer in the future and technology, the Ming Chair is a perfect example of his taking the historical bones and giving it a contemporary skin.


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