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A touch of China

PHUKET: Looking to redecorate your house? There is no room that couldn’t benefit from a touch of ‘Chinese styling’ according to Marc de Champeaux, owner of The Gallery Phuket in Thalang.

Monday 17 September 2012, 12:16PM

Now is the time to purchase that Chinese chair, cabinet or that war propaganda art work, as from September 15 – October 15, the Gallery will be hosting its first ever sale, with items discounted with as much as 20-50 per cent off.

“This is our first sale in five years,” Marc said, “and we have some great items that are going to become available at a wonderful price.”

Marc has quite an eye and affinity for Chinese art and China in general.

“China has a special place in my heart. I lived there for 25 years and still have a factory there, where I manufacture garments.”

Everything in Gallery is Chinese, but it is Chinese with a difference – often coming with a contemporary sprucing.

“We get reclaimed wood and antique furniture and restore them and often give paint them to give them a more modern feel.

“Chinese furniture is often black or red but we give them vibrant colours, like greens, turquoise, yellow and pink. I think it goes very well with contemporary furniture, one or two pieces combined with contemporay furniture works well.”

As well as selling to villa owners and art enthusiasts on the island, The Gallery also exports to Australia, Singapore, Greece, Germany, France and America.

Much of the furniture is between 60-90 years old, however there are also faithfully reproduced pieces with each one clearly labelled.

The Gallery also has an extensive collection of huge reproductions of Chinese propoganda artwork. Marc has a special fondness for these, he has a huge 7.5 x 2.2 metre reproduction of an original 1.5 x 2 m piece in his living room. The image shows Chinese soldiers with machine guns and the ‘Treasured Red Book’ held aloft. It really sets off the room, and gives it an edge.

It is the art work and its origin and not necessarily the political overtones that interest and excite Marc, “Yes, I have always liked China, since before I lived there, I like the culture. They are extremely hard workers, I respect that. And of course I lived there.”

But is more than just that, Marc also feels rather an affinity.

For stylish, chic, antique and modern pieces of Chinese furniture, and see how a cabinet, table, chair or painting could add something extra to your room, visit:

The Gallery – Phuket, 249/17 Moo 8, Tambon Thepkasattri Amphur Thalang

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