In 2006, the Shanghai architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu started Design Republic to sell modern furnishings inspired by antique Chinese housewares and objects, along with designs by companies like Alessi, Tom Dixon and Moooi. Last month, they formally opened their third Design Republic (far right), in Qingpu, 25 miles west of Shanghai, in part of a 30,000-square-foot concrete building. The rest of it is rented to 10 Chinese designers, and the entire concern is called Design Collective. The architects renovated inside and out, covering the exterior with floral-print carbon-fiber. "There were windows before, but you weren't looking at anything," Mr. Neri said. "We made a wrapper, and made it more introverted." 5369 Middle Jiasong Road, Qingpu District, Shanghai; 011-86-21-5975-4381.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.