Friday, May 8, 2009

have you been to Spin...?

I love Spin! It's hidden in a parking lot behind a beauty salon, The Shanghai shop is a cavernous room with a concrete floor, an unfinished ceiling, and cool music playing in the background. Track lights are highlighting simple, artful ceramics that are some of the coolest things I've ever seen. Most have Japanese-style touches , and they are handmade in Jingdezhen, China's porcelain capital since the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Spin was spun out of the restaurant business in Shanghai and Taipei. Jeremy Kuo, a software engineer, opened several Japanese restaurants outfitted with dinner sets imported from Japan. But the dishware was expensive and unremarkable. Mr. Kuo's solution was to have his own dishes made in China. A short walk from Spin are People 7 and Shintori. They are two of my favorite restaurants in Shanghai.

New items or styles — sink basins, bone-china teapots or brick-red bowls, for example — are introduced every three months. Quantities are limited because the china is hand-crafted

Spin is a "must visit" when you find yourself in Shanghai. I've been collecting pieces from there for the last several years, and I'm going back very soon to get my "Spin fix", and add some pieces to my collection. I can't wait to see what they are up to now...

Spin, 758 Julu Lu, Building 3
(86-21) 6279-2545



DesignTies said...

Hey, you changed the look of your blog -- very nice!! Your header is cool :-)

Unfortunately, I don't often find myself in Shanghai!! But if I ever do, I'll have to check out Spin :-) The little vases in the last picture are cute :-)

I'm guessing Spin doesn't have a web site??

Kelly @ DesignTies

Robert Petril said...

Thanks Kelly :-) I've found a web address for Spin, but I can never get it to open. Maybe you can from there

angelo said...

Gorgeous. Elegantly beautiful stuff. Great photos.

Yony is my name. said...

I really like the new look of your blog and OMG, I'm salivating over the vases in the last photo. And of course, your photos are lovely as well!

Robert Petril said...

Thanks Yony! They're stuff is really the greatest. I can't take credit for the photos, I had to dig on the web for those. Jeremy did let me take some photos in the Shintori restaurant. The white leather sofa looked great in there.

anusha said...

I love the organic shaped vases. The japanese style ceramics (1st pic) are so lovely.