Dada was an avant-garde early C.20th art movement that embraced chaos and irrationality (an ‘anti-art’ sentiment fuelled by post-First World War angst). Cue bizarre, nonsensical pieces and performances that turned cultural aesthetics on their head.
Cut to Shanghai in 2016, where bold homewares label Maison Dada has launched its first showroom on Jingan’s Changde Lu, selling luxurious, eye-popping furniture, lighting and accessories. Sporting quirky colours and ‘gently crazy’ patterns and shapes, there’s a dash of anarchic style here, inspired by the Dada moniker. Hailing from a French furniture-making family, founder/designer Thomas Dariel puts his own surreal spin on his creations, producing animated, unexpected pieces with personality.
Debut collection ‘Objects’ pays homage to forgotten objects once important to people’s daily lives, such as a clock-inspired contempo rocking chair, dubbed ‘Ticking Clock’. It also includes a rotating ‘Lazy Susan’ table with a geometric pattern in zingy yellow and black, riffing on Chinese dining traditions. Antique-influenced writing desk ‘Confidence of a Cloud’ comes in in-your-face orange, with zigzagging clusters of drawers and storage boxes. Open one drawer to see a cloudy sky picture that’s a nod to surrealist artist Magritte. Feminine pastel-pretty mint dressing table ‘Rose Sélavy’ comes with rose-gold details, while the ‘Japanese Abstractions’ rugs work kinetic patterns and vibrant colour.
Look out for capsule collections from emerging names including WUU and Yuee Design from March’s Design Shanghai fair. Dadaism gets desirable!
Maison Dada / The 621 Villa / 621 Changde Lu / Jingan / +86 21 6267 0005 / 10am-7pm Mon-Fri by appt / maisondada.com