Bauhaus in Beijing: Craft Furniture from an Emerging Designer by

Issue 4 · Chinese New Year · January 28, 2014

Bauhaus in Beijing: Craft Furniture from an Emerging Designer

Issue 4 · Chinese New Year · January 28, 2014

Bejing/Hangzhou-based Fnji Furniture is the brainchild of industrial designer Gu Qi Gao, who seeks to "discover meaningful things invented by Chinese people and to use them to serve modern Chinese people," according to Shanghai Daily. His solid wood pieces, which make use of Chinese mortise and tenon joint structure, are influenced by the shapes and forms of ancient Chinese furniture, but with minimalist lines.

Gu Qi began designing furniture when he opened a cafe in Shanghai and couldn't find pieces that he liked. "Design is connected to everything; it is the core to everything," he told Design China. "The situation right now is that most people live their lives according to a very Western lifestyle. They have abandoned the Chinese way of life." To see more, go to Fnji Furniture.

Gu Qu FNJI Furniture China/Remodelista

Above: Gu Qi's double-height showroom, which doubles as the living space that he shares with his artist girlfriend, Mobai, features metal factory windows and is filled with pieces from the Fnji line.

FNJI Furniture Benches/Remodelista

Above: "My father's generation used to make their own furniture from wood, but these processes have slowly been replaced by machine-made, mass-produced items that are usually very low in quality and very cheap," Gu Qi says. The Buddhist Bench (foreground) is ¥7200.

FNHI Furniture China/Remodelista

Above: An Eave Round Angle Dining Table (¥5500) and matching Bench (¥1750) .

Fnji Chairs China/Remodelista

Above L: The Round-Backed Armchair is ¥3500. Above R: The Bamboo Chair is ¥2100.

Fnji Tabletop/Remodelista

Above: A mix of chairs surround the Shoulders Working Table (¥6500).

Fnji Couch/Remodelista

Above: The Fnji Couch is ¥9200 and available in ash or black walnut.

Fnhi Furniture Chairs/Remodelista

Above: A pair of Round-Backed Armchairs (¥3500) with a Teapoy Table (¥1800).

High L Shape Back Chair Fnji/Remodelista

Above: The High L Shape Back Chair is ¥1350.

Fnji Wall Shelf/Remodelista

Above: The Wall Cabinet with display shelf is ¥2600.

Round Sofa Chair Fnji/Remodelista

Above: The Round Sofa Chair is ¥8600.

Fnji Furniture Shop Exterior/Remodelista

Above: The entrance to the Fnji showroom.

 For more inspiration, peruse our Furniture posts, including Tiny Altars: Furniture Inspired by Japanese Temples and Economy + Style: 6 Trestle Desks.

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