- May 24, 2002
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I have recently discovered the aesthetic nuances of Chinese branded products; they are extremely retro and authentic to boot. They have none of that contrived irony of Occidental "retro-centrism" and they take it all in seriousness--like Edith Sitwell's humour. All the labels are haphazard, cheaply applied and are so outdated, it's not even funny; however, the design palettes are exceptionally Socialist with vague references to Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Soviet Stalinism, Modernism and patently autocratic State Bureaus. It's all very obscure and slightly decrepit. You just can't make this up.