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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

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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.

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"In our home, I sought to pay homage to my heritage while integrating modern innovations."

Mei

Architect

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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 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.

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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.

Shanghai, China

Meet Mei and Jean Pierre

Meet Mei and Jean Pierre , a couple of 36-year-olds who met and married in Paris while Mei earned her PhD. Though they'd spent 4 years together in the city of love, they'd actually fallen more in love with Shanghai, a city that spoke both to her heritage and to his passion – ancient Chinese culture. As a modern architect, it was evident that Mei would take on the majority of their new home's designs, but it was their shared lifestyle that she was designing for. Hosting dinner parties in an open kitchen, listening to smooth jazz while working from home, and of course, enjoying the surrounding city.
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