Архив автора: Jessica Rapp

A Baker’s Shanghai Apartment Without a Kitchen — House Tour

Name: Lexie Comstock
Location: Former French Concession — Shanghai, China
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

For someone whose cookie baking skills have gained her countless fans in Shanghai, Lexie Comstock is very chill about not having a kitchen in her apartment. The founder of Strictly Cookies and Connecticut native lives in a lane house in the French Concession with high ceilings, a well-stocked bar, and ample room for her second-hand furniture obsession, but lacks a space to prepare a meal from scratch. Lexie says the kitchen omission is a pretty common issue for old lane houses — when she moved to China seven years ago, her first apartment had a similar situation. (далее…)

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An IKEA Product Developer’s Shanghai Lanehouse — House Tour

Name: Adam Wihlborg
Location: Former French Concession — Shanghai, China
Size: 950 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, renting

When Adam Wihlborg tells the story, it’s hard to believe that six flights of dark and dusty stairs once nearly deterred him from signing a lease on his spacious, light-filled flat looking out over the trees in Shanghai’s French Concession. Now, friends and visitors who have successfully ascended those steps are greeted with a cheerful vanity and tidy shoe rack, just a small sampling of the coziness to come: Inside the home, vanilla-custard colored trim, white walls, picture windows, and a jungle of greenery complement spaces neatly filled with vintage treasures and more modern, Scandi-style touches. The former refers to the collections he accumulated over nearly a decade in and around China, and the latter is the inevitable result of being a product developer at IKEA. (далее…)

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A Product Designer’s Colorful Shanghai Home — House Tour

Name: Alexander Åhnebrink
Location: Former French Concession — Shanghai, China
Size: 3,200 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

When Alexander moved to China with his wife four years ago, he dreamed of a traditional courtyard home. He was met with reality: finding one that didn’t need serious renovations was next to impossible and they would be settling for a more modern serviced apartment in the city center. Fast forward three years, and they found themselves embarking on the home search once again, this time in Shanghai. With a growing family, Alexander now really wanted to prioritize finding a special place that felt like home, and soon he and his wife found themselves looking for houses instead of flats. They eventually did just that, and in a city known for its historic lane houses, finding a space that had already been remodeled by local design firm A00 was a pleasant surprise — one that always manages to stun visitors when the Åhnebrinks entertain. (далее…)

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A Chef’s Cozy 320-Square-Foot Beijing Hutong Home — House Tour

Name: Starry Xiao
Location: Guozijian — Beijing, China
Size: 320 square feet
Years lived in: 9 months, renting

Starry Xiao’s hutong home is nestled among the throngs of mom and pop stores selling incense for visitors to Beijing’s famous Lama Temple. Within its blue walls, however, it radiates a completely different kind of aroma. A local chef, Starry is known to make use of every corner of his tiny kitchen to whip up elaborate brunches for his girlfriend. Meals are punctuated by the many fragrances from his extensive candle collection, such as books in a library and oak moss. All of this adds another layer of depth to a snug loft, which makes up for the lack of floor space. (далее…)

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A Small Shanghai Lane House — House Tour

Name: Julie Morel
Location: French Concession — Shanghai, China
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

Julie’s apartment love story all started with a radiator. No one moves to Shanghai — or spends even a night there — without hearing grave warnings from residents about the damp, drafty homes that skimp on central heating. Tenants in century-old flats depend on space heaters and electric blankets, or take solace in trips a little farther south. Unless, of course, they happen to strike gold, which is exactly what Julie did. (далее…)

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