My Neigh­bour­hood

Cre­ative di­rec­tor Karin Bohn finds fresh in­spi­ra­tion in this bustling Sichuan city.

Western Living - - CONTENTS -

House of Bohn’s cre­ative di­rec­tor shares her favourite places in China’s Chengdu.

Work­ing on a three-storey pen­t­house project this past spring brought House of Bohn cre­ative di­rec­tor Karin Bohn all the way to Chengdu, China, Sichuan’s cap­i­tal city and home to siz­zling hot pot, an­cient ar­chi­tec­ture and (most im­por­tantly) some se­ri­ously cud­dly crit­ters.

2 Chengdu Re­search Base of Giant Panda Breed­ing has the world’s most suc­cess­ful re­search fa­cil­ity for cap­tive panda breed­ing. It’s hi­lar­i­ous, and adorable, to watch them curl up on their bums and munch stacks of bam­boo for hours.

1 The Jinli street mar­ket of Chengdu is full of food ven­dors you would never find in Van­cou­ver. It’s amaz­ing to watch them cook be­cause every move­ment is so theatri­cal. My favourite is the sweet rice balls.

3 I like to walk around tak­ing pic­tures of all the amaz­ing hand- carved and -painted doors in Kuan Al­ley. They are a beau­ti­ful rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the city’s cul­ture and give me tons of ideas for de­tails in my projects.

4 AvroKO is one of my favourite de­sign firms, so it was amaz­ing to visit the Tem­ple House Bar they de­signed. The amount of cus­tomiza­tion in ev­ery­thing they do, from the light fix­tures to the pat­terns in the floor tile, is so in­spir­ing to see. No...

The rice balls from the Jinli street mar­ket are driz­zled in sweet syrup and sprin­kled with sesame seeds.

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