ISSUE 4  |  Chinese New Year

At Home with a Beijing Furniture Designer

January 29, 2014 6:00 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

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Yesterday, we toured furniture designer Gu Qi Gao’s showroom on the outskirts of Bejing; today, we take a look at his artful living space (is this the ultimate live/work situation?). Gu Qi launched his furniture line, Fnji Furniture, in 2010 and recently relocated to this residence-cum-showroom near the Beijing Capital Airport, which he shares with his graphic designer girlfriend.

Photography by Philippe Le Berre for Elle Decoration South Africa, except where noted.

Above: Before moving to Beijing, Gu Qi owned a cafe in Shanghai that combined furniture design and interior design (when he couldn’t find pieces that inspired him, he began designing his own tables and chairs).

Above: East meets West: brass lighting pendants in Gu Qi’s kitchen.

Above: Intrigued by these color stained walls? See Trend Alert: 10 Rooms with Color-Washed Walls.

Above: A view of the Beijing showroom.

Above: A bookshelf with examples of inspirational furniture designs.

See more of Gu Qi’s live/work showroom and his furniture collection at our post Bauhaus in Beijing: Craft Furniture from an Emerging Designer. And have a look at more furniture that we love here.