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

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