Look Inside an Art Collector’s Apartment in Hangzhou
Modern design meets international art an the ancient Chinese city
Hangzhou, the capital city of the Zhejiang province in China, sits at the terminus of the Grand Canal waterway, at the Eastern foot of the Tianmu (Eye of Heaven) Mountains, and on the shore of Xi (West) Lake. The city is celebrated for its beauty in poetry and paintings going back to the 9th century.
The lake was a favorite imperial retreat, and has islands with temples, pavilions, gardens and arched bridges. Today, Hangzhou boasts world-class architecture and is a hub of trade, industry and science. It has been selected as the site of the 2022 Asian Games.
The Qiantang Residence by interior designer Austin Cai of NVD Interior Design reflects elements of life in this bustling metropolis of over 10 million people. The modern apartment is designed for an art collector and boasts a large collection of contemporary art from all over the world.
In the living room, defined by woven screens made from hemp, the curvilinear sofas echo the curves of the room. The layered stacking of textures and shapes are accented by the Raw carpet designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for Tai Ping. A ring-shaped crystal light is designed by Hungarian artists János Héder and Judit Zoltai.
A small open kitchen adjacent to the living room provides convenience for entertaining small parties or cooking casual family meals. In the Chinese tradition, there is a larger private kitchen that is hidden from sight. A room called “The Studio,” is covered in tropical flora on the walls, and an effusive ode to spring, the Daisy carpet by Tai Ping, on the floor. The room connects with the lush greenery on the adjacent terrace.
The elegant master bedroom is anchored by Taiping’s Abalone rug from the Tides collection and is separated from the public rooms by a Diamond screen by Marcel Wanders and Gabriel Chiave. Walk-in closets by B&B Italia hold all the necessities of life. The marble-clad master bath is perfect for an in-home spa getaway.