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LEA CHEN – Design & Architecture – Instincts Furniture Series » About

The tables are handcrafted works of artistry, designed to be both, a stand-alone sculpture and a functional piece of furniture. They come with differently scaled table tops, from thin oval or square boards which work as dining or display tables to larger, rectangular casings that function as bar or decoration tables.

Each table is handmade by craftsmen in and around Beijing, a combination of fiberglass and wood, painted in high-quality lack in white or black, but also in other colors as requested. The Flamingo Leg Table is available in stainless steel.


Chen Xuan (Lea Chen) grew up in the coastal city of Qingdao where she studied fine arts during her time in high-school. She moved to Beijing in 1994 and enrolled in the architecture course at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts. She graduated in 1999 and started her own studio.

In 2001 Chen Xuan joined the China Academy of Building Research, where she opened a commercial department within the China Building Technology Group Co. Ltd in 2002. During that period she was instrumental in designing multiple high profile government buildings like the Embassy of Saudi Arabia and the Renmin Zhengxie Newspaper Office Building.

In 2004 she decided to start her own firm under the name Shi Shang Architecture and Design and positioned herself from the start as a boutique studio for high-end architecture, interior, furniture and product design. Amongst its client base are museums and galleries, music and entertainment venues, large scale residential condominium and villa developers, individual villa owners and retail businesses.

Some highlights of her project portfolio include The Whitespace Gallery (Beijing), Olympic Green Public Service Buildings (Beijing), Reitermann Villas Koh Samui (Thailand), Yugong Yishan Music Venue (Beijing), UCCA Shop and Loft (Beijing), Beijing Bei Condominiums (Beijing) and Sui Jianguo Workshop and Studio (Beijing).

Her articles and contributions have appeared in Vogue China, AD Magazine, Cosmopolitan China, Domus International, Interior Design, Better Home & Garden, Beijing Television, Sohu.com, Philips-Lighting.cn and many others.

Lea Chen
Shi Shang Architecture
and Design, Beijing