East Meets West 2017

East Meets West, in association with Asian Art in London, celebrated the influence of Asian art and culture. The exhibition was a tour de force for Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, adept at supporting creative expression across the design agenda. Attracting designers and new discerning Asian visitors, it explored tradition and progress; history and the future, East and West. On display were works by contemporary Chinese and Japanese artists, represented by ArtChina and Kamal Bakhshi, alongside captivating Asian artefacts from the Japanese Gallery, members and supporters of Antiques Young Guns. Highlights of the immersive programme included unique masterclasses with woodblock printing artists Yu Chengyou and Paul Binnie, florist Rob Van Helden and Korean lifestyle designer Teo Yang. There were demonstrations on Sogetsu ikebana and modern calligraphy, specialist art tours with Vanessa Curry, sessions on feng shui, mah jong and international etiquette with Debrett’s as well as talks on how designers have approached the Asian aesthetic through archive reference, craftmanship and technique A life-size Asian elephant styled by All for Love London brought into the focus the exhibition themes.

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International collectors, art-lovers and top designers came together at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for a spectacular evening to celebrate the opening of the East Meets West exhibition. Honouring the influence of Asian culture, art and creativity, the stylish crowd of influencers from Europe and Asia enjoyed a parade of performances including stilt-walkers in vibrant costumes, a traditional fan dance and a Chinese silk string quartet.