Lucky Bookstore, Shanghai

It’s a week into the Year of the Rabbit and I’m wishing everyone all the best for the new lunar year! To keep with the luck, perhaps a visit to the lucky bookstore is an order:

Happy Chinese New Year! And there couldn’t be a more fitting way to be greeted into the year of the rabbit than with the Red Bookstore. Red Bookstore plays an important role in the Shanghai design community and design education. Gavin Chang (张尊祥) started Red Bookstore in Shanghai’s Sculpture Space artist community over four years ago.  With his help, Shanghai is becoming increasingly design centered and design aware.

I had the chance to chat with Chang, who’s diverse background ranges from calligraphy to being a fisherman, tells me that his shop started in his apartment, where he sold design books and magazine subscriptions to schools and libraries. In Chinese, the shop is called 瑞点 (rui4 dian4) which stands for ‘lucky’ or ‘auspicious’, and luck is symbolized by the color red, hence the name Red Bookstore. Chang’s shop sells English design books. Although the shop caters to the expat and English speaking community, his larger volume sales benefit those in Chinese education. Chang reconfirms that because design is a profession that has grown and developed in the West, the Chinese are interested in learning the Western thought and philosophies, practices, and trends.

In addition to books, Red Bookstore also sells some small design items. It’s the only shop that focuses on a wide selection of design books that range from architecture to product, graphics and interiors. If you find yourself in Shanghai, I encourage you to visit Red Bookstore and the surrounding art and sculpture space filled with shops, galleries, and studios.

The website is being finalized and mainly in Chinese with images and titles of the books in-stock and available for purchase. Red bookstore is located in Shanghai Sculpture Space (Red Town) Room 118, Area B570 West HuaiHai Road (淮海西路570号).

Originally posted at DesignMuseumBoston.

祝你新年快乐!春节快乐!张尊祥的瑞点书店对上海的设计社区和教育很重要。现在瑞点书店在上海城市雕塑艺术中心。我有机会和张尊祥谈谈,张尊祥有很不同的背景,学过书法也当过渔夫。四年前张先生在他家里开了瑞点书店,卖书和杂志订阅给图书馆或学校。为了张尊祥的帮助,上海对设计越来越感性和重要。

张尊祥家书店大部分是卖英文设计书。虽然着家商店是卖书给外国人和说英文的人,他大部分销量是为了中国教育。张先生正式因为设计是一个西方发展的事业,对设计有感性的中国人都想雪和了解西方的理念趋势。

加上书呢,瑞点书店也卖小的设计产品,算只有这家书店卖怎么多设计书。建筑,产品,制图,室内设计书都有。如果你在上海的话我鼓励你参观参观瑞点书店也看看上海城市雕塑艺术中心的商店,美术馆展览,和工作室。地址:淮海西路570号

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *