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Furniture Made Fab!

May 27, 2014

Tsai Yun Studio

In a city such as Shanghai where the excitement of the new gets the style set’s heart racing, French designers Catherine Sayous and Armelle Wu-Dandrieux were loathe to see beautiful pieces of worn Chinese furniture being heaped onto the rubbish pile. And so, bridging the gap between new and old, they decided to set up their own quaint workshop in Xuhui, Tsai Yun Studio – an enterprise devoted entirely to the art of restoring and revamping Chinese antiques – armed only with deft hands and a haberdashery of colourful odds and ends, vibrant textiles and paints.

Where possible, the studio uses eco-friendly materials and products, and has turned dozens of pieces from shab to fab, such as battered, broken wooden stools, armchairs, dressers and consoles that have been treated and then upholstered with bright or patterned fabrics, in some cases painted, and dressed up with unique little touches like tassels, pompoms, fur trims, feathers, and embroidered motifs that render each piece different from the next. These gifted gals even have a talent for hand-creating lamps, cushions, and fabric bags with a pretty East-meets-West aesthetic. And if you own any tired treasure in need of a facelift, the studio also accepts custom jobs according to specific needs and wishes. Antique chic!

11, Lane 24 / Wuxing Rd / +86 21 3469 1692 / by appt. only /