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Excelsior Christmas Tree 


(Beijing, December 16, 2013) – The Opposite House is pleased to present a special Christmas installation designed by Gautier Chiarini, on display until December 31, 2013 in our living room.


The “non-tree” Christmas tree is 12ft high and made out of 58 porcelain Excelsior chairs from Gautier’s “China’s Space Age” series. The Christmas tree includes Dongfanghong and Persiflyer chairs, and the Excelsior stool made of steel, solid elm and porcelain. In Gautier’s opinion, China’s history of space exploration affirms its greatness and fascinating “spacetime.” Among the few spacefaring nations, Gautier believes that China has the biggest chances to land on Mars first. That is where this series of the three chairs draws its inspiration from.


After completing a master’s degree in International Relations in Geneva in 2003, Gautier worked for the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs for about six years, first as an adviser in the political section and then as head of the cultural section of the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing. His passion for Chinese art and design led him to make a career move in 2011. Today, Gautier designs exquisite chairs in China and divides his time between Beijing and Montreux, Switzerland.


“It’s delightful to continue our evergreen Christmas non-tree tree tradition with Gautier’s unique yet stunning rocket chair installation, it’s a good way for us to be supportive of the local Chinese arts scene, while giving a nod to one of the most important Western traditions,” says Peter Wynne, Area General Manager for Swire Hotels in Beijing.



About The Chairman is the brand under which Gautier launched his first series of Chinese made chairs in Switzerland. With a young and versatile team, the company strives to act responsibly, in a social and environmental perspective. All projects are conducted in the field together with the artisans who participate in them. For more


About The Opposite House

The Opposite House is located in Taikoo Li Sanlitun — a vibrant new open-plan shopping, dining and entertainment destination developed by Swire Properties. The hotel’s 99 guest studios include 9 spacious suites and a penthouse duplex with a 2,582-square-foot roof terrace. More than half of all the studios are over 753 square feet and all are strikingly simple with natural wooden floors and subtle touches of Chinese décor.


About Swire Hotels

Swire Hotels has been created to manage intriguing urban hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United Kingdom, providing a characterful experience for travelers who seek individuality, style and personalized service.


The Opposite House, Beijing, opened in 2008 and was followed by The Upper House, above Pacific Place, Hong Kong, in October 2009. The Temple House will open in Q4, 2014 in Chengdu.


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