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Book cover of Zhou Qi's, Shanghai Housewares, with a gray building, blue bicycle and watering can. Published by Tongji University Press.

Shanghai Housewares

By (author) Zhou Qi


Publishing 30th Aug 2024
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  • A showcase of 120 items in everyday use
  • Features interviews with 10 local craftsmen
  • Includes addresses for 24 handicraft shops and museums in Shanghai
Full Description

The numerous items of everyday material culture that we employ in housework, cleaning, office work and entertainment are more than mere disposable objects. In a sense, they represent one of the ways for us to understand the idiosyncratic lifestyles and traditions of various places and peoples. A great number of these household items and daily necessities come from the handiwork of anonymous craftsmen, who have learned their skills through family inheritance or apprenticeship.

This book presents 120 selected items of everyday use, currently available in Shanghai in one way or another. Alongside photographs and illustrations, the book also includes interviews with craftsmen living in Shanghai, who specialize in bamboo, wood, straw, iron, and cloth, to portray and share the endeavors of craftsmen as a whole, as well as the intimate details of their lives in Shanghai. Hopefully, this book will help to introduce the ideas of environmental friendliness and resource preservation to readers looking for novel concepts, and to people who care about the development of Shanghai.

Text in English and Chinese.

About the Author

Zhou Qi, a writer and designer. She plans, writes and designs books and publications on the theme of local Shanghai culture. In the past 20 years, her studio has cooperated with more than 30 art museums, galleries and publishing houses on more than 100 art, exhibition and publishing projects.

Tongji University Press
Publish date
30th Aug 2024
Paperback / softback
USA & Canada
4.72 in x 6.3 in
74 Pages
130 color
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