RAS Art Focus Group

Understanding Jade Design through the Ages

Speakers: Julie Chun, Ming Xu and Virginie Moriette

Jade commands a prestigious position in Chinese culture in its historical past and its contemporary present. What is so rarefied about a stone that was once solely relegated for funerary purposes? Julie Chun will provide a brief introduction for understanding the role of jade in China’s ancient history, by deconstructing the name and terms associated with the prized artifact and its processing techniques in the creation of various designs. This discussion will be complemented by the second part of the lecture where Virginie Moriette and Xu Ming will discuss the inspiration and the use of jade in contemporary design, including furniture by Studio MVW. This unique two-part lecture strives to expand our understanding of jade beyond its role as precious jewelry by linking its past functions with present relevance to examine the historical continuity of a rarefied material culture in Chinese society.

About the speakers:

Multi-award winning Studio MVW, founded by Ming Xu and Virginie Moriette, is one of the most renowned design and interior design studios in Shanghai.

Committed to craftsmanship and innovation, Ming and Virginie have created a signature style based on exclusivity, demand and a unique approach to shape and form. Their creations are highly sought-after in furniture and interior design domains both inChina and internationally.

The duo has won numerous awards in Asia and Europe, including Wallpaper* Design Award (2018–2013); the best renovation project from Residence magazine (2016), Architectural Digest AD 100 Design Talents Award (2015 and 2013); ELLE Decoration International Design Award (2013); Roche Bobois Grand Prize (2010); Rado Young Design Prize (2009); ELLE Decoration’s China Young Talent of the Year (2008); the British Council Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year (2007); and Elle Decoration International Design Awards China Best Furniture Design (2006).

Their work has been extensively covered in local and international medias and is exhibited in Paris at Gallery BSL, PAD Paris and London, Amsterdam for “Experimenta”, Beijing, Chicago, London for “China Design Now”, Milan and Shanghai.

For more information about the Studio MVW, please visit:www.studiomvw.com

Julie Chun is an independent art historian and lecturer based in Shanghai since 2011. She serves as the Art Convener of the Royal Asiatic Society China in Shanghai, where she delivers monthly lectures at museums and galleries to widen the public’s understanding of artistic objects, past and present. She lectures frequently for various foreign associations in Shanghai, including the foreign Consulate General offices and is an adjunct professor of Art History for the Institute for Study Abroad at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. She is a regular contributor to Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and her art reviews have been published in LEAP, Randian, Art Forum China, ArtReview Asia and Shanghai Daily.

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