A while back a reader sent in a tip about Lost & Found, a store in the Chaoyang district of Beijing owned by ex-pat American Paul Gelinas and local Xiao Mao. Since then, the pair has expanded their offerings (including a new line of clothing for men and women and housewares to come) and relaunched their website. While many Chinese embrace the modern furnishings at Ikea, Gelinas and Mao look for value in everyday pieces from the past, taking inspiration from classic midcentury Chinese designs (call it communist chic) and reproducing them locally as limited editions. For more information, go to Lost & Found.
N.B. Summer House in Mill Valley carries select pieces from the line.
Above: Lost & Found is housed in a former dumpling shop on one of Beijing's oldest streets.
Above: The Soft Danwei Chair is based on the classic Chinese Government-issue office chair.
Above: Built by hand using raw steel and Chinese walnut, the Work Desk has a sleek midcentury vibe.
Above: The Iron Pipe Chair was "all the rage in Shanghainese office design, circa 1970. Nowadays, you’re more likely to see one permanently parked on a sidewalk in Nanjing. We’ve brought the Iron Pipe Chair back. Lost & Found makes these one-by-one. Slowly. Interior frame constructed of elm; armrests carved from salvaged teak. Upholstered in our custom-woven corduroy or thrice-washed wool. These are our best-selling chairs."
Above: The Loft Bookshelf is built from solid Chinese elm and steel and works well with the Work Desk.
Above: Danwei Chair: "This is the quintessential China street chair: simple, practical, durable, friendly, old-fashioned, familiar, and just plain right. For sheer omnipresence, this humble chair deserves respect. We construct ours with solid elm; hand-waxed repeatedly."
Above: Teak Table and Teak Bench.