Our Musician Cabinet has been featured in this article on South China Morning Post and we're thrilled!
Not only is it one of our favorite items in terms of design and appearance, it is also very practical as a storage solutions! If you're looking to tidy up your apartments (hide everything!), Musician Cabinet could be a wonderful choice for you.
It's been a while!
The reason we haven't been updating this blog is because of two major reasons:
1. we're preparing the launch of a new furniture collection and;
2. we've just opened a brand new showroom/cafe/loft/library/creative hub (all in one yes!) in Shanghai!
Located near Fudan University in Shanghai, ziinlife Life Store opened on a sunny day last month. We named it 'Life Store/ 生活館' because it's a whole building that's everything you need to enjoy life! A space over 500 sqm, ziinlife Life Store consists of a coffee shop, a loft and a library that provides you with an ultimate relaxing atmosphere with constant sunlight pouring in. And of course, it is a space decorated with all of our best furniture pieces to bring you the most comfortable experience.
Collaborated with renowned Moon Coffee in Shanghai, ziinlife Life Store's coffee is curated and prepared for you by the best barristers in town. Just look at the design of our cups and you can get a glimpse of ziinlife's aesthetic in everything we do.
Also a collaboration, dessert is served by Jouer (French meaning 'to play') from Hong Kong. The mastermind behind Jouer, Anna, is a renowned pâtissier who has spent years studying the best of dessert-making in Paris.
When you walk in, visitors are instantly greeted by this pink tunnel that's supposed to look like an elephant; it is inspired by ziinlife's No More Macaron Sofa (tribute to 2016's Pantone color of the year - serenity).
A coffee area that is bright and spacious, ziin cafe serves you the best coffee and dessert prepared by our good friends and partners Moon Coffee (Shanghai) and Jouer Atelier (Hong Kong). The coffee counter is designed in a way that customers are invited to interact with our barristers; we want everyone (even the introverts!) to just relax and be friends :)
Located on 2nd and 3rd floor of ziinlife Life Store, the most iconic pieces of ziinlife furniture are exhibited here. More than just a regular showroom, we want visitors to feel like they are visiting an art exhibition.
A mini loft on the top floor of the Life Store, various styles of interior is simulated here using ziinlife's furniture. It acts as a showcase of different possibilities ziinlife brings to your household. As season changes, the display also gets a new look!
Another very important component of our showroom is the platform we created to showcase good designs and brands we enjoy. Including Offgrid, Atelier Errance and Jiu Kou Shan, we aim to gradually curate more interesting brands into our collections.
The concept of the library derives from our love for books. From art & design to architecture and lifestyle, you can easily find yourself indulged in endless reading and daydreaming!
Like its title suggests, it is a corner specially built for meditating. Simply grab a couch, relax, sit back and let your minds wander! Once in a while, it's nice to indulge yourself in nothing but solitude.
Let's check out some more photos from the opening:
A celebration of good design, good books and good coffee, what more can you ask for?
I am often impressed by Plato's Symposium, where he talks about the origin of a soulmate, the fact that every human being is condemned by Zeus to be born incomplete; our lives basically is a search mission to look for the other half of us that is missing since the day we were born - that is, if we care about being complete.
Despite the seemingly cruel nature of a condemnation, Plato talks about it in the most endearing way:
“And so, when a person meets the half that is his very own, whatever his orientation...then something wonderful happens: the two are struck from their senses by love, by a sense of belonging to one another, and by desire, and they don't want to be separated from one another, not even for a moment.”
The idea of 'other half' is rather romantic; it makes incompletion sound so much better, to think that we are all on this lifelong mission to be 'whole'.
Not my intention to sound cheesy, but the thought of Plato's theory actually brought my mind to a piece of furniture we have at ziinlife - the 1/2 Coffee Table. Complimented by each other, 1/2 Coffee Table is a very good example of good 'team work'. As a set of two tables that fit perfectly together as a whole, they can also be separated and act on its own existence. Sometimes they want to be together, sometimes they don't. No matter the arrangement, they always seem content with themselves and with each other. Come to think of it, isn't it the kind of human relationship we always hope for?
Something to mull over on a rainy day.....☔️
我並沒有任何刻意宣傳的意思，但柏拉圖的學說的而且確令我想起ziinlife的1/2 Coffee Table。像互相恭維著對方一樣，1/2 Coffee Table是一個很好的演繹去表現出協同的意識。由於它們都與另一半完美合身，因此無論是分開還是組合使用都十分方便。有時候它們會形影不離，有時又會想暫且分離。但無論安排如何，它們都是一體的。細思一下，這種關係不就是我們人類最渴望的嗎？
I have a habit of, what my friends would call, "reading nonsense" on the Internet before I fall asleep. In my defense though, some 'nonsense' can be pretty educational, such as these fun facts I've read about Easter. One particular fact that amused me the most is that 76% of people eat the ears on the chocolate bunny first, while only 5% go for the feet. For me though, I've always had a difficult time consuming a chocolate bunny because it's just soooo cute!
I don't have any big plan for Easter weekend but all of us at ziinlife will just chill in our Kwun Tong showroom so if you're in town, feel free to pay us a visit and perhaps I can share more of my Easter fun facts with you :)
Last but not least, I want to bring to your attention our latest 'jetso'! From now until April 17, we will offer FREE Premium Service upon any purchase of ziinlife products! Premium Service means free delivery and free installation, a very attractive deal no?
HINT: Bulky furniture means higher delivery and installation cost, but now with our special promotion, I'm sure you know what to do ;) Don't miss out, and have a Happy Easter!
PS. If you happen to eat a chocolate bunny, do let us know if you consume it head first or feet first ;)
小貼士：龐大的傢俬所需要的運費和安裝費會更高，但基於我們的特別復活節推薦優惠，你們應該比我更清楚怎樣才能得到最多的“著數“ ;) 不要錯過這個少有的機會！祝大家復活節快樂！
P.S. 如果你真的有機會吃賓尼兔朱古力，記得告訴我們你會先吃他們的上半身裹是下半身 :P
As soon as we wrapped up the eventful days at Design Shanghai, as a team of restless creatives, we almost immediately flew to Shenzhen to participate in another design fair to showcase our latest collections!
The highlight of our Shenzhen trip, however, had to be the fashion show and speech given by our company's founder Lily. The idea of combining fashion and modern furniture might sound a bit bewildering to you, but it actually makes a lot of sense if I try to explain...
Since the start of ziinlife in 2013 in Shanghai, we have been striving to bring original and innovative furniture to the homes of everyone who shares our visions of aesthetics. Like our fashion counterpart, we are inspired to change the way we look at originality and creativity; we have hope of raising the awareness of good design, as well as making it part of our everyday lives. Furniture is not only a utility but also a form of art, that when we sit on our chair or lie on our bed, we take a moment to appreciate the lines and curves that form the object that interacts with our bodies and lives.
There have been both good and hard times, but above it all, we are thankful to be loved and supported by so many and to see Lily speak about the story of ziinlife truly brought back lots of memories.
While memories flowed a fun story about love came to my mind:
One day, a couple came to our showroom and both really loved our "no more macaroon sofa" as it's a "couple sofa". They didn't buy them at the end though. A few days later, the boy came back and purchased the sofa set as a Valentine's Day surprise. Coincidentally on the next day, we found another order of the same sofa set. Out of curiosity, we checked the delivery address of to order and to everyone's surprise, the delivery address is same as the boy's!! Which means the couple both secretly came back to buy the set respectively, and meant for them as a surprise for the other half! Lovely story but we were not gonna deliver the redundant set, were we? So without telling the couple, we secretly canceled one order for them and only delivered one set at the end. A week after the couple came to the showroom to tell us how much they laughed when they saw the sofas at home!
What was our reply? Well, with ziinlife, everything is a surprise to be!
一天，一對情侶前來我們的體驗店，而目光很快就被我們的“No More Macaroon Sofa”所吸引，因為它們著實是一對“情侶梳化“。然而他們最後都沒有任何意圖想下訂單。數天之後，該男生獨自前來並買了這雙梳化作為情人節給予對方的一個驚喜。巧合地，第二天我們發現網上出現了一張同樣是買同一組梳化的訂單。出於好奇，我們查看了一下送貨地址，然後都驚呆了，因為該地址竟然與前一天男生所填寫的一模一樣！換言之，這對情侶都偷偷的為對方買了一組梳化作一個情人節的驚喜！既然我們了解到這本應是一個浪漫的愛情故事那麼我們就要做應該要做的事－偷偷的取消了其中一張訂單。
而我們的回應則是：Well, with ziinlife, everything is a surprise to be!
It’s been a while since I last wrote, miss us yet?
Tbh the past few weeks have been quite hectic for us, having to first participate in Design Shanghai, and then a symposium and booth in Shenzhen right after. But the outcome was great, and we are very thankful for everything.
Let me just cut to the chase and show you some photos of the events:
As the world's most prestigious international design events, there were about 46,000 visitors at Design Shanghai this year. The entire convention was housed inside this amazing post-colonial mansion that used to be the Sino-Soviet Friendship Building; in its best neoclassical architectural style, the Exhibition Centre now majestically stands in the heart of Shanghai, providing space to numerous large-scale local and international conventions related to art, design and fashion.
Participating in Design Shanghai has always been a pleasure; not only is it a showcase of Ziinlife's latest design, we also get to mingle with some of the world's most leading design brands, such as HAY, Morosso, and Vitra. Whereas the convention is divided into three sections - contemporary, classic and collectibles - we are given this great opportunity to get inspirations as well as exchanging ideas with our fellow designers.
This year, we exhibited our latest collection Stretch Your Mind that really did stretch our minds. In a matter of just a few days, we were exposed to a great number of innovative brands, people and ideas, got fully inspired, and to top it all off, gained experiences that will always remain in Ziinlife's history and our memories. To be honest, what more can we ask for?
能夠成為設計上海的參展商之一永遠都是一種榮幸，因為這是設計權威所對我們的一種肯定。作為參展商不單令我們有機會展出ziinlife的新系列，更令我們有機會與世界上其他的著名設計品牌聚首一堂，例如HAY, Morosso, 及Vitra等等。而會場亦分起了三個部分，分別是contemporary，classic及collectibles－我們則可以籍此嘗試探索新靈感及與其他設計師集思廣益一番。
今年，我們展出了ziinlife最新的系列Stretch Your Mind，名符其名，它們真的具有舒展心靈的功效。只是數天的時間，我們已經接觸到不少有具有創意的公司，設計師，及意念，最重要的是，這些經歷及體驗都會保留於ziinlife的歷史及我們的回憶當中。老實說，我們還能要求什麼？
Many years ago when I was still a student, I watched a Thai film called "The Last Lives of the Universe", and felt deeply connected with the protagonists in the film. I'm not gonna go into details of the story but since then, I've become fascinated by the universe. The vastness, the uncertainties, the beauty...everything related to this mysterious outer space amazes me, and since I am unable to go into space, I satisfy my longing by collecting objects (from this planet) related to the universe.
When I first heard of Cloud Cabinet, I was beyond happy. Not only does this cabinet serve its primary function as a storage of long items, its design also gets inspiration from the orbits in the universe. As an art lover, the Cloud Cabinet sounds just like my ultimate dream of a modern furniture piece.
The cabinet itself is a representation of a tree that grows so high it reaches beyond the clouds and into the universe. My favorite part, nevertheless, is the design at the top of the cabinet that mimics the orbits in the universe. I can put my precious little objects in it and they will never fall off.
Whereas gravity pulls everything together in space, thoughtful design is what we have that keeps our earthly lives in their right place and order.
Cloud Cabinet comes in two sizes, and with the removable shelves, there are numerous arrangements of space available for your likings and of course, needs.
No matter how fulfilling your life is, there are times it gets a little dull and boring. That's why we need to explore the fun and quirky sides of life from time to time.
In our Playful Angles Collection, there is this one piece that is absolutely playful that even its name suggests that: the Capricious Wall Shelf.
If you have followed us long enough, you know how much we love playing with curve lines and fitting them perfectly into our homes. Capricious Wall Shelf is another good example. It is not geometric like any other shelves, but curvy all the way.
Capricious Wall Shelf is so capricious that, it doesn't want to be conventional! It has this attitude like it's shouting "don't tell me what to do!" all the time and it shows its mischievousness by exhibiting exactly that.
Seriously, how awesome can a furniture be?
在我們“The Playful Angles“系列中，有一件物品可謂玩味性十足。“人“如其名，它名為 Capricious Wall Shelf。
如果你有留意著Ziinlife的動向，會發現我們對弧線情有獨鍾，並將它們完美契合於大家的住所。Capricious Wall Shelf 就是其中一個很好的例子。它並不甘於與其它置物架一樣遵守著刻板的幾何規則，而是選擇走上一條“彎曲“的路。
“Capricious Wall Shelf“是名實相副的任性，生來就注定跟傳統勃谿相向。就像有著自己的態度並會時刻說著類似“不要命令我做事！“的說話，沒錯，它就是一個完美的“淘氣“代言人。
I know most of us when we look for something to decorate the walls in our apartments, we tend to go for the obvious choice of a framed drawing/painting/poster. Good idea for sure, but wouldn't it be nice to think outside the box and accessorize our homes with something a little special and more practical?
Let's say, instead of placing a rectangle on your wall, how about something round? And instead of having it just an object on the wall with no particular function, how about something that has a little shelf space? Oh and what do you think about hidden geometric patterns that only show when being shone at?
Meet Enlight Casement - a wall piece that has everything I've just mentioned. Being a Ziinlife fangirl, I have currently acquired one of these and had it placed directly above my dining table. Every time I look up it looks as if there is a moon looking after me and on the moon there is a pot plant that provides me with just enough green to cheer up my day. I would stare at the geometric patterns as the dim light shines through it, for hours on end, only if I could.
We as humans are known for many things, but never for our lack of imaginations.
Have you ever wondered what the world looks like in the eyes of children? When they look at our world, what do they see?
As days go by, our curiosity never runs dry. One day at the Ziinlife Creative Corner (aka the pantry) we thought, "why don't we explore the world of the little humans, wouldn't that be inspiring?", which led to an elaborated process of sketching, planning, discussing, and prototyping, which eventually led to the birth of Small World Table.
Unlike any other dining table, Small World Table is more than a surface for your meals. On the other side of the table top, you'll discover a cushion attached to it, and that's where the 'small world' unfolds.
Let's admit it, children are fun and cute, but they are also weird. They do strange things that we cannot understand because we are very 'adult'. We're so used to thinking with logics, and acting with reasons that as a result we are bound within our knowledge and experiences. Whereas children see the world as a gigantic playground, they see possibilities that are invisible to us. Therefore to them, a table is never just a table.
Children are not limited in the concept of space. When they play, their presence can be anywhere - such as under the table. You don't tell a child to stay in the confine of a table top just because it seems normal to you; when children go under a table, it becomes a new world to them. It becomes where they play out the characters and scenarios in their imaginations: it can be the wild west, the unknown universe, or the deep blue ocean; when children play, everything becomes their own little world.
Small World Table explores exactly that. The world only a child can see, and literally a safe one with cushions to protect their heads. It doesn't matter what a table is to us, it is always something different in the eyes of a child. And that is the beauty of it all.
Maybe one day, we all ought to get under the table and into the imaginary world hidden within our consciousness.
If you have been paying attention to our social media, you might have noticed our new collection 'The Playful Angles' - if not, I'll be talking about it from now on ;)
'The Playful Angles' consists of 8 pieces of functional and playful furniture that can put a smile on your face. And trust me when I say this because, I'm a picky (Virgo) user myself.
First off, the Handy Box. At first glance, Handy Box may just look like any other book stand to you, but when you look closer you can see the curvy hollow shape of a handle that looks a little like a cucumber (or banana?). What's so special about this handle is that it is designed to fit our grips in a way that whether you want to lift it up or lower it down, the motion involved will feel so smooth that in your head you'd be thinking something along the line of 'heavy objects ain't no thing' or 'I'm super strong'. In short, it's a box that makes you feel good about your physique.
If you're thinking 'that's it?!' about the coolness of Handy Box, I'd kindly ask you to literally change the orientation of your imagination! What if we place the box sideway, could it become a compact sofa-side table with STORAGE? Yes it can! All you need is a few of the Handy Boxes, stack 'em up, and voila! Your very own DIY table/storage/coolness all in one! I kid you not, sometimes surprises are that simple and handy.
Now that we have the 'table/storage' in place, I think it's only necessary that we add a sofa next to it. And pardon my straight-forwardness, but how many of you lonely peeps spent the past Valentine's Day alone (and being totally 'poison')? Although we should all agree that a 'love life' is very overrated, there are times we crave for a little comfort, especially at the end of a long, hard day at work. But when there is not a shoulder to lean on, there is us. No *cough* I didn't just invite you to lean on MY or any of my coworker's shoulders, but on our new design - the Turtleneck Sofa.
Comes in three sizes and colors, Turtleneck Sofa has an extendable collar that can be lifted up to hold an extra cushion, allowing you to rest your entire body and mind. Whether you're home alone, chilling with your bae, having friends over for movies or whatnot, Turtleneck Sofa always has your back (literally!) and you know it.
讓我們先由The Handy Box巧曲收納盒開始。咋眼一看，你會以為它跟一般的書立沒有任何區別。細看之下，你會留意到它的邊緣旁有個彎曲的空位作把手，形狀像根小黃瓜（或香蕉？）。再當你緊握把手時會發現它的獨特之處更是無論將盒子提起它還是放下，手感都是一流，一流得「會視沉重的東西如無物」，或者會覺得自己「強壯非凡」。簡單來說，Handy Box是一件能讓人自我感覺良好的小傢俱。
如果你認為Handy Box除此之外就沒有其他特別之處，我會建議您嘗試一改常規思維！試想想，當我們將幾個Handy Box疊在一起，放在梳化旁邊，它不正正就成為一個具備存放功能的茶几嗎！一件完完全全屬於你的DIY家品，集茶几/存放/格調於一身！驚喜，有時就來自簡約，輕巧。
茶几準備好了，欠的就是身旁的一張梳化。原諒我的直接，請問前天有多少人是獨（毒）自渡過一個人的情人節？雖然我們同意「愛情生活」有時被誇張美化，但不能否認我們有些時都會希望透過愛情得到一點心靈撫慰，特別是剛渡過一個冗長又辛勞的工作日。可是當身旁沒有一個肩搏予以倚靠時，你會想起我們嗎？先不要打哆喙，我並不是邀請你輕倚在我的或者其他同事的肩搏上，而是我們的全新設計 -The Turtleneck Sofa 高領梳化。
除了提供三種顏色及三種尺寸的自主選擇，Turtleneck Sofa 還有一個可延伸的領套。將它朝上翻起，把靠枕放入其中；讓自己的身驅完全仰仗於此，能令你的身心得到充分休息，且使當天的倦怠一掃而空。無論你是獨處家中，抑或跟你的寶貝在一起，或者是跟三五知己共渡美好時光，只要坐在我們的Turtleneck Sofa，相信你們都會感受到它在身後所給予的默默支持。