I worked with design consultancy 2x4 to develop an experiential exhibition and publication that celebrated the opening of Prada Rong Zhai, a historic western-style mansion in Shanghai. Prada undertook a meticulous, four-year restoration of this opulent, early 20th-century residence, and in 2017 the site was relaunched as a public cultural venue and home base for the brand's operations in China.
The exhibition took the form of an annotated interior, with text and graphic panels calling out notable decorative details and unique materials, and sharing the stories of their restoration. Elsewhere, material samples original to the house, an architectural model, and video narratives documented the history and craftsmanship that suffuses the residence. Prada Rong Zhai is the storied fashion brand's latest investigation into the role of design in culture. Also on view were architectural models and materials illustrating Prada's ongoing exploration of historic and contemporary architecture.