Welcome to Shanghai, where the charm of China meets the most modern trends.
One of the most important Chinese cities that has doubled its population in the last half-century alone. A lovely mix of traditions and future-modern design adorns the city, whose air is filled by the perfume of a finger-licking cuisine. Get to know the city and meet Mei and Pierre Jean for this second episode of Franke in the World.
Mei and Jean Pierre's dream home
As an architect of modern design, Mei and geologist Jean Pierre were eager to embrace a high-rise lifestyle, with its panoramic city views and close proximity to work and amenities. Though, it was important for them to marry the modern feel of the skyscraper with elements that honor her heritage and his personal passion – ancient Chinese culture.
The foundation of the apartment's design was formed in the use of clean lines both straight and curved; neutral palettes scaling from white to light warm tones; and natural materials like wood and stone. And to integrate the black detailing of the large window frames, Mei installed a Franke microwave and oven, made of stainless steel and sleek black glass. Not only does this enhance the luxurious design of the space, these appliances enable a kitchen fit for growing families and home gatherings.
With the foundation being both modern and minimal, Mei and Jean Pierre could let their personal touch shine through in the decor. From paper lantern lamps to whimsical forest wallpaper to posters of Chinese proverbs, these traditional pieces help to bring balance and life to an otherwise anonymous and futuristic skyscraper.
Forward-thinking, culturally diverse and full of marvels to discover
Meandering through the neighborhoods of Shanghai, you'll find yourself drawing in the delectable aromas of the local cuisine, called Hu. And whether you choose to spend your days perusing shops for traditional bronze vases and calligraphy paintings, or if you prefer to scale The Shanghai Tower, China's tallest skyscraper, there's plenty of possibilities for feeling like a local or like a tourist.
Franke products used
Find products that inspired Mei's and Jean Pierre's dream kitchen.