At the heart of Taikang Lu are many art studios and galleries. This area has been home to many artists seeking a reprieve from the threat of demolition of artist's villages and communities by Yangtze River cruises property developers in recent years. These studios which are mostly situated at Buildings 3 & 5, feature many contemporary works of design, painting and photography. There is no cover charge to view the works and you can always purchase any of the beautiful pieces created by the local artists in Shanghai. A long standing art center at lane 210 is Deke Erh Art Center, which was opened by Deke Erh himself. This influential art center holds his catalogue of published books on Shanghainese interior design and art decoration as well as Western architecture in Shanghai.
Take a whiff of the indulgent and luring sweet scent of incense as you walk into Jo ma Arts. This year old shop has a dazzling window and shop display of exquisite jewelry(necklaces, rings, bangles), lamps, pillows and fabrics all imported from Tibet, Nepal and India. If you have a penchant for beaded and printed ethnic things, you will be thrilled by the amount of beautiful household items and accessories hung and displayed all over the shop.Credit China tour cards accepted, English service available.
Then, there is the fusion of art spaces, such as Nuzi, a New Zealand design boutique. This shop which only opened in November 2007 has already attracted many professional interior designers and expatriates in Shanghai. The imported lithographic and photographic art works on display are combined with other offerings such as beautiful hand-crafted lamps created with thin wood pieces, pillows, household items and other inspiring furniture. You can also expect the unexpected in Vervia which imports clothes and lovely novelty items such as craft, jewelry and glassware, Shanghai tour mostly from England, Italy and Iceland. It also houses widely known names like Joe Phat, ArTeA and Redstar. After you are done, you might want to swing by the café, hidden at the right of the shop for a drink or two.
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