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 her partner, geologist Jean Pierre, were eager to embrace a high-rise lifestyle, with its panoramic city views and close proximity to work and amenities. It was important for them to marry the modern feel of the skyscraper with elements that honour her heritage and his personal passion – ancient Chinese culture.
The design of the apartment is founded upon the clean lines it uses, both straight and curved, along with its neutral colour palettes spanning from white to warm, light tones and natural materials like wood and stone. And in order to echo the black detailing of the large window frames, Mei installed a Franke microwave and oven, crafted from stainless steel and sleek black glass. This enhances the luxurious design of the space, while the appliances make the kitchen the perfect space for growing families and gatherings at home.
With modern, minimalist foundations, Mei and Jean Pierre allowed their personal touch to shine through in the decor. From paper lantern lamps to whimsical forest wallpaper and 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 neighbourhoods of Shanghai, you'll find yourself revelling in the delectable aromas of the local cuisine, Hu. And whether you choose to spend your days perusing shops for traditional bronze vases and calligraphy paintings or prefer to scale the Shanghai Tower, China's tallest skyscraper, there are plenty of possibilities for feeling like a local or a tourist.
Franke products used
Find the products that inspired Mei's and Jean Pierre's dream kitchen.