City Plate - Shanghai
Part of our first series of City Plates. The theme of the first collection is "City as Gateway," and the cities chosen are Los Angeles, Shanghai, Cairo and Berlin. With this theme we ask: how is each city dealing with the effects of agglomeration as its population begins to reach critical mass? Shanghai, the largest commercial and financial power in China, is one of the largest ports in Asia. Its central location on China’s Pacific coast has made the city a major gateway between China and the Western world. The city’s urban center has a unique organic form, caused in part by the wide curve of the Huangpu River, which bisects the city and comes across as a dramatic swath of blue on the plate. In contrast, the grid-like form of Western city planning stands as a direct result of foreign occupation after the Opium Wars of the 19th century.
• 12" diameter• Porcelain• Dishwasher- and microwave-safe• Key buildings are represented with persimmon icons, while rivers and public spaces are shown in blue and green, respectively• Use as a dinner plate, serving plate, or decorative piece• Designed in Los Angeles; made in Poland
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