Oriental Treasures Furniture Collection
Oriental Treasures is a series of elegant luxury furniture pieces, fusing oriental design and functions with fine Italian craftsmanship. Designed by Lea Chen, a leading Chinese interior designer and architect, the collection spans four objects: Royal Medicinal Cabinet, Emperor’s Clothes Rack, Auspicious Dresser, Mountain Altar.
Each object is a modern re-interpretation of classical Chinese furniture pieces, impeccably crafted with exquisite materials and available in two colour tones. No matter as standalone object, or in combination, Oriental Treasures will add a touch of Eastern wisdom and beauty to their surroundings.
Royal Medicinal Cabinet
The Chinese apothecary cabinet is called Yaochu, or also hundred-eye cabinet. These cabinets historically have numerous pull-out drawers to store herbs and ingredients of traditional Chinese medicine.
Royal Medicinal Cabinet re-imagines the classic apothecary cabinet as a confident and superbly designed furnishing piece that compliments dining rooms, hallways and living areas. Its drawers are framed by a 24k gold finish top-board and rounded stand. The drawer details include a two colour finish, separating the outside and inside, as well as solid 24k gold finish knobs that add value to the elegant appearance.
Emperor’s Clothes Rack
Throughout the Qing Dynasty racks were traditionally used to hang the elaborate coats and intricate dresses of the feudal elite.
Emperor’s Clothes Rack again can be used to hang coats and also other clothes at the end of a busy day, or to display a collection of ties and belts for example. The two 24k gold finish hanging rods are of different height, and provide ample space also for clothes hangers, and the bottom drawers serve to store daily wear or accessories.
A beautiful furnishing object, coming in various finishes, that not only attracts eyes and hearts of the observer, but also provides convenience in function and an elegant storage solution.
Auspicious Dresser is a re-imagination of a large and low cabinet that would traditionally be placed in the centre of a Chinese living area or, in the colder North, would be placed in front of the heated kang, a traditional family-size bed made of bricks.
These dressers would contain everyday items, and sometimes included secret compartments for storing valuables. Auspicious Dresser is intended to function as a storage piece in a large wardrobe or be placed in the bedroom. As a low side drawer it also can beautifully appoint a dining or living area.
In its original use, this console would serve as an altar table at the centre of worship in Chinese homes or Buddhist temples. The modern Mountain Altar is a semi-clear bent glass console, sitting on top of a glass-mountain featuring intricate ancient wood inlays.
This style of mountain is a typical oriental item, often painted in so called “Mountain Water” paintings (Shan Shui), reflecting the yin and yang of harmony and peace. The solid and very premium bent glass console, in combination with the finely crafted glass mountain, is an elegant piece of furniture, light and fluid and at the same time commanding attention to its beauty.
It works well as a sideboard and can stand alone as a room’s centre piece, against a wall, or blend in with there home decor.
Chen Xuan Biography
Chen Xuan is an award-winning designer, architect and entrepreneur based in Beijing, China. She works between architecture, interior and space design, furniture, fashion and lifestyle product design. She has been named a top Chinese designer by AD magazine, Better Home & Garden magazine and the Hurun Luxury Report.
In 1999 Chen Xuan founded Shi Shang Architecture, an architecture and interior design firm based in Beijing’s Caoshangdi Art District. Shi Shang focuses on high-end residential design projects including villa and condominium architecture and interior design, as well as innovative retail and hospitality designs. Her clients include Chinese A-List celebrities, influential business people and venture capitalists, as well as luxury brands and cultural institutions.
Chen Xuan’s instinct series of tables and furniture has been exhibited in the Beijing World Art Museum, is part of the ongoing collection of the Chengdu Biennale and has been purchased by influential people inside China and abroad, including French fashion designer Christian Louboutin.
As a leader in the Chinese design industry, Chen Xuan is regularly invited to judge creative competitions and lecture on design and creativity. She is an ongoing judge in the CCTV2 TV Show Kongjian Bangyang. She is a designer-host on Mengxiang Gaizaojia, Zhejiang TVs successful design TV show. And she gives regular interviews and lectures on domestic and international design events.
Chen Xuan graduated from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts with a PhD in Architecture. She has traveled extensively through Asia, Europe and America and enjoys spending time with her family.
Oriental Treasures Furniture Collection Oriental Treasures is a series of elegant luxury furniture pieces, fusing oriental design and functions with fine Italian craftsmanship. Designed by Lea Chen, a leading Chinese interior designer and architect, the collection spans four objects: Royal Medicinal Cabinet, Emperor’s Clothes Rack, Auspicious Dresser, Mountain Altar. Each object is a modern re-interpretation of classical Chinese furniture pieces, impeccably crafted...
- Year 2018
- Status Completed works
- Type Interior Design / Custom Furniture