Words by Flavia Giorgi — photos by Zhu Hai — styling Roger Liao
Pure contrast — p. 162
Art design and ethnic handicrafts in a symbolic interpratation of the space. A harmony of opposites in a villa in Nanjing Designer Fang Xin- Yuan has renovated the interiors of a villa in Nanjing for an enlightened family: covering four floors, the villa features austere spaces, sculpted shapes inside pure lines and monochrome materials. It’s almost a machine for living in, in its elegant functionality, but warms up in the affective dimension of the family home. The symbols are explicit: the sacred reference to the essence of true love inscribed across the wall in the centre of the living- room and the chandelier growing up the staircase like a tree of life, in a conceptual linking of spaces and generations: from the accommodation for grandparents and other guests on the ground floor to the children’s rooms, passing through the shared areas and ending up in the parents’ suite. From the sitting- room to the dining- room to the kitchen, Italian design takes centre stage with art design, historical and contemporary pieces. In contrast comes a variety of different voices from around the world with old African chairs, drums made in Alaska, and pieces from Chile and New Zealand. Chinese thought, trained in the cosmic duality of Yin and Yang, appreciates pairs of opposites and can find the complementary in contrasts. Harmony comes from this, between light and shade.