Words by Francesca Molteni – photos by Philippe Le Berre styling by Sun Daniel and Hu Rong
Private set — p. 188
In Beijing, the house of Jing Boran, enfant prodige of chinese cinema. With open spaces, contemporary pieces, childhood memories. And a stairway to heaven At just 28 years old, Jing Boran is an enfant prodige among the celebrities in his immense country, and the star of some of the most popular films shown in China in 2015 and 2016. Maybe that’s why he seeks only “calm, silence and repose” for his house in Beijing. The colours are cold, with greys and blues, the spaces broad and open, with concrete walls and metallic, industrial materials. The house is arranged over two floors, with an ash wood parquet floor running through it that reminds him of sand, the only natural element in his man- made universe. His passion for design declares itself in the Mass brass sculpture by Tom Dixon, and the Danish lamps, Italian- made furniture and chairs by Jean Prouvé. But the works of art dotted discreetly around the walls evoke the culture of his origins. To make room for the kitchen, a single steel unit connecting the living and dining rooms, Jing Boran decided to knock down walls and do without different rooms. It’s a house designed for him, for a young man looking for peace and quiet here, a vital space in which to think. So on the upper floor he has created a study where he can shut himself away, and has kept only one bedroom.