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Mr.WANG HAORAN / K’O-SSU WORKSHOP

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K’o-ssu – also written kesi – or Chinese silk tapestry, is a complex traditional Chinese weaving technique which had its heyday during the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. Today there are less than 100 people working across China in this area. Frequently used to make clothes for imperial families and to reproduce famous Chinese paintings, nowadays this little known craft faces extinction due to lack of demand. However, there are signs of renewed interest, and to learn more about this precious technique, Nicely Made in China travelled to “textile town”, Nantong in Jiangsu province, to visit a young K’o-ssu maker, Mr. Wang Haoran.

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NMiC’S EXPERT’S CORNER: HOW TO MAINTAIN DIFFERENT TYPES OF FABRICS. (Sponsored article)

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There’s nothing worse than getting a stain on your favorite garment and not knowing how to clean it. In the following article Virginie Fournier – owner and main designer of Shanghai Trio – and one of Nicely Made in China’s partners – gives Nicely Made in China readers a few tips on how to keep delicate and favorite articles in good shape for a long time.

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SAND / FURNITURE FOR CHILDREN

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We’ve barely closed the beach house and September is upon us. It’s time to think of children returning to school, buying new clothes and maybe new furniture for their bedrooms. So at Nicely Made in China (NMiC) we’ve decided to feature a product specially made for children. We met with Italian designer Silvia Marlia who these days lives in Hong Kong. Silvia grew up in Milan surrounded by designers, and trained as an assistant Montessori teacher. She recently created Sand, a new Chinese brand of furniture specially designed for children. In the following interview she tells us all about her motivation to design furniture for children.

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C.L.MA CLASSICAL FURNITURE MUSEUM & WORKSHOP

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Much has been lost in China’s rush for modernity, but Nicely Made in China’s guest this week, Mr Kele Ma, proves the exception. He has devoted his life to salvaging countless pieces of beautifully handcrafted ancient furniture which can now be seen at the museum he recently opened in Tianjin.

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LuRu HOME / NANKEEN

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Imagine giving a new lease of life to a three thousand year old Chinese tradition! This is exactly what Liza Serratore and Claire Russo – two young American entrepreneurs based in Shanghai – have done with ‘Nankeen’ in creating LuRu Home.  They are determined to make it a household name, not just in China but way beyond too. Nicely Made in China (NMiC) recently spoke with them to find out more about it.

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NOOKHA / BAMBOO FURNITURE

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Bamboo groves have been a feature of Chinese flora for thousands of years. And humans have found many different uses for this, the largest member of the grass family, varying from building material to medicine and musical instruments. Its many qualities have long been favored by furniture designers too, among them Christine Richard, a Hong Kong-based « design publisher » (« editeur de design” in French) who recently launched Nookha, a designer furniture brand. In this interview with Nicely Made in China (NMiC) she tells us why she chooses to use bamboo and why part of her production is (nicely) made in China.

 

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SMARTWOOD – FLAT PACK FURNITURE

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China’s export-led economy is slowly becoming more of a local consumer-led market. Evidence of this can be found in the growing number of consumer products with Chinese brands appearing in the shops all over China. Today, at Nicely Made in China (NMiC), we’re happy to introduce Zhao Lei – based in Hangzhou – and his Chinese furniture brand Smartwood.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!

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Goodbye 2011, hello 2012!

2011 has been an eventful year for Nicely Made in China. 51,000 people visited the website to read our stories on quality Chinese products: watches, travel, carpets, porcelain, yak wool knitwear, children’s clothes, outdoor equipmenthigh end design, handbags and more.

2011 has also been a year of firsts for Nicely Made in China: we received our first mention on the CNNGo website, we registered our first e-commerce sales, we launched our Expert’s page, put our first video online (thank you Jade & Ali), featured our first recycled products and published our first article in German and we reached the 500 fans mark on our Facebook page.

This end-of-year message would not be complete without thanking our loyal sponsors who continue to support us, and just like us, believe that quality products and services can indeed be found in China. So, we would like to thank very specially our favorite travel agent Travel Stone, the luxury bed linen maker Rouge-Baiser, the Hong Kong business centre CentreO, the Hong Kong French bookstore Parenthèses, the publisher Primary Mandarin, and lastly our first and oldest sponsor, the international mover and pet relocator Links Moving.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a prosperous and healthy 2012.

FLORIAN PUCHER – CARPET DESIGNER

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A beautiful carpet can make the world of difference to a room. So says Florian Pucher - architect and interior designer. In his 7 years in China, Florian has tried his hand at different things including ceramics and furniture making, but it is carpet design which has brought him success. Nicely Made in China (NMiC) met him first over a year ago when things were just taking off. Since then a lot has happened, as he tells us in a recent interview. Read the rest of this entry »

BURNT ORINGE – BED LINEN

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After a long day at the office or a night out on the town, what could be better than slipping into clean cool sheets? ‘Nothing!’ According to Tarynn Hatton-Jones, Nicely Made in China’s (NMiC) guest this week. She arrived from Johannesburg, South-Africa, a few years ago as a banker and very quickly felt a higher calling: providing her fellow human beings with what she believes is the best thing in life.  So she created Burnt Oringe, a luxury bed linen company. Read the rest of this entry »