• Xie Dong: Celebrating The Ephemeral

    Internationally acclaimed artist Xie Dong is known for her ability to render moments of poetic movement in porcelain. The way a pillow crumples, the way fabric ripples when touched by a gentle breeze, even the way an ice cube melts—all have been elegantly realized by the artist, in fine bone china. Over the years, the […]

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    September 5, 2018 By aknotts
  • July Zhou: Ming Made Modern

    Artist July Zhou was born during China’s last civil war. A child of two creatives, he always knew he was meant for a life in the arts. But his plans were derailed by a country in political turmoil. During what came to be known as The Cultural Revolution, it was common for intellectuals to be arrested […]

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    July 27, 2018 By hgoodman
  • Mario Aranda: An Artist’s Approach

    Mario Aranda is an artist and go-to designer for tastemakers—perhaps best know for shaping the look of renowned Chicago fashion boutique, Ikram. Having studied art, architecture and design, Mario says he carries his education with him, wherever he goes, “like a lens.” We spoke with Mario as he focused that lens on a number of […]

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    May 11, 2018 By hgoodman
  • Design Diary: Asia Week New York 2018

    Every spring, New York hosts Asia Week, a 10-day celebration of eastern art and culture. Collectors and curators descend on the city to visit galleries, make the museum rounds, and chart their way across a sprawling series of events. This year, making our way from Asian art galleries on the Upper East Side, south towards […]

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    April 4, 2018 By scoffey
  • Daniel Krause on Art, China & the Power of Images

    As the north central Regional Resource Librarian at Gensler, one of the world’s largest design and architecture firms, Daniel Krause sees a lot of images. It’s his job to source materials and finishes, and curate spaces — both in the three-dimensional world of built projects and the two-dimensional world of photographs. Despite seeing so much […]

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    December 20, 2017 By aknotts
  • 20 Years of PAGODA RED

    Though it’s hard for us to believe, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of PAGODA RED. In that time, we’ve proudly become the design destination for people who love the art and history of storied objects. We’ve been reflecting back on the many ways our gallery has transformed and evolved over the years. As we scroll […]

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    November 28, 2017 By aknotts
  • PAGODA RED Gallery: The Spirit of Our Space

    Update: In September 2018, we moved from Fulton Market back to Bucktown. See our new space here >> Finding Sacred Space in Chicago’s West Loop Located at 400 North Morgan in Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood, PAGODA RED is a retreat from the surrounding city. Passing through a simple, raw steel gate, you step into our courtyard, where you’re transported […]

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    August 14, 2017 By aknotts
  • Rei Kawakubo: The Art of In-Between

    When the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute announced its 2017 Rei Kawakubo exhibition, the fashion world responded with resounding joy. The Japanese designer and founder of Commes des Garçons is revered for her unapologetic, high-concept garments. An avant-garde force, she’s refused to be tethered to the dictates of “femininity” in women’s clothing. Gallery View, Self/Other East/West. Photo: The Metropolitan […]

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    June 27, 2017 By aknotts
  • Higher Education: The Striking Works of SAIC at Salone del Mobile

    Not a day passes without undergrads being reminded of the virtues of real world experience. For the past decade, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has given design students a dose of reality and the ultimate unfiltered design rush: To present their products to an international audience of buyers, editors and tastemakers during the […]

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    May 9, 2017 By aknotts
  • Esther Shimazu: Free Spirits

    No one was portraying the people I knew, growing up in a majority Asian-American population: free to be as undignified or not as they wanted. The niche for making pottery nudes of a cranky Asian persuasion was open, so I took it. — Esther Shimazu “After All That” by Esther Shimazu PAGODA RED is excited to […]

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    March 22, 2017 By aknotts