It Is hard to find an expat family in Beijing without at least one piece of Ikea furniture to their name. For many it is
the first stop on the home-decorating journey in a new city. When you have been in Beijing a while longer Taobao’s bargain prices and free delivery can be hard to resist.
But there comes a time when most families want a more individual look or some Chinese- style furniture to take home.
If this sounds like you, try these ideas.
This Chinese furniture startup worked with Italian designer Luca Nichetto to create
an affordable and modern collection (including lighting and soft-furnishing) that targets China’s stylish middle class. Pick up a three-seat sofa in fabric for 9,999RMB and a feature chair for 1,399RMB. ZaoZuo is an affordable way to bring some Designer pizzazz to your home.
LG Room 21, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang district (5944 6378)
Gaobeidian Street offers a huge range of furniture sold from more than 200 individual
shops. You can find everything from cheap, quickly knocked together Chinese reproductions to genuine Chinese antiques as well as mid-Century European furniture and new contemporary designs. The street also offers stone and wood sculpture, South East Asian imports, rugs and ceramic pots.
Shops worth tracking down:
Lily’s Antiques: five floors
of furniture from antiques (four poster bed frame for 150,000RMB), quality Chinese reproductions (sideboards up to 5,000RMB) to contemporary (leather sofas (3,000RMB).
Muna: Modern designs with a pared back Danish aesthetic. Try a black walnut chair for 1,680RMB or a teak and leather two-seat sofa for 7,580RMB.
Further down the street
Concept 101 for mid-Century design including a Danish dining table for 15,000RMB an Arne Jacobsen ‘lily’ chair for 19,800RMB or a coffee table in Brazilian rosewood: 12,800RMB.
Gaobeidian Folk Culture Street, Gaobeidian Village Gaobeidian County Chaoyang district
Made to order
Head out to Beijing’s northern outskirts for two custom furniture makers. John Wang (136 0130 7062) and ChenHao & Liz (183 0121 7471). Both
have showrooms, specialise in Chinese-style furniture and can make to order.
Japanese fashion and lifestyle store Muji also offers a range
of furniture – from beanbags and bookshelves to tables and modular sofas – all featuring Muji’s signature simplicity. Dining table 4,830RMB, dining chair 1,750RMB or a pale wood
coffee table for 1,750 RMB.
Various locations around Beijing including Indigo Mall in Lido and U-Town Mall at Chaoyangmen
Inside a renovated courtyard home is this lovely furniture store with a collection of home wears and ceramics and a cafe too. The furniture, by Chinese and Japanese designers as well as Fnji’s owner Gu Qigao, is elegant and beautiful in a range of light and dark wood with fabric features. Splurge on a Cube Armchair, 4,500RMB, or Loop Coffee Table, 3,200RMB.
41 Guozijianjie (near Confucius Temple) Dongcheng district (5367 2899)
This UK furniture retailer has a large store inside Parkview Green mall. Try a chair for 4,285RMB or a fabric-covered sofa/chaise for 13,379RMB.
LG1-13 Parkview Green 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, opposite The Place, Chaoyang district (5690 7202) ■