this project, by francesco meda, was formed in hong kong at schoeni art gallery, which was turned into a space representative of the contemporary
italian design scene in order to intervene and alter a vast collection of classical chinese furnishings. an operation of intersection and encounter
between two profoundly different cultures, which aims to investigate the possibility of a new outcome. the approach, respectful of the characteristics
of both cultures, maintains the thousand-year long chinese hand-craft tradition, while also contaminating these elements with symbols of western
industrialization. the ingenuity in furniture design really started in the 1930s and is marked with the technology of the curved tube (bauhaus).
‘orme cinesi’, is a tribute to the simplifying theory of functionalism, eliminates a few ‘redundant’ elements, in order to bring out other ones considered
iconic symbols of the chinese culture and language. starting from the ‘curved armchair’ particularly suitable for the experiment, since the wooden ring
of the back of the chair has been turned into an iron tube, the collection is enriched by other pieces. these works include the altar-table, benches,
a low table and dining chair, all designed with the same language. this collaboration was difficult, from a strictly logistical point of view, due to
the long distance but was made possible by contemporary technologies such as the web and digital 3D drawing techniques, which enabled a study
model realized in italy while the constructive development of the collection occurred in china. it has been an experience which saw the knowledge of
both chinese and italian craftsmen exchanging techniques of both wood and notions of cultural tradition to build the collection.
‘orme cinesi’ collection is now exhibited in hk by lane crawford store.