Working in China in the interior design business seems like it would be fantastic, as the wealthy Chinese are so desirous of American taste and products. However,
as we learned on the last post from DAVID BASSETT-PARKINS (see: THE BUSINESS OF INTERIOR DESIGN IN CHINA: AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVID BASSETT-PARKINS FROM AVA LIVING CHINA -Part 1), one has to learn the ins and outs of doing business with the Chinese. You can forget about any binding signed contracts. You can also not expect to have success there without paying your dues, and spending time making personal contacts with people you need to influence in order to garner tons and tons of Guanxi. It just won’t happen!
China is growing by unimaginable leaps and bounds, There are 800 million people living there, and with industrialization, everyone is moving from the countryside to the cities at a rapid pace. The prediction is that there will be ten cities the size of New York City within the next 25 years!
AND the best part about this story is that the wealthy Chinese want American design in these fabulous mansions they are moving into. American design signifies comfort, style and that you have really made it to everyone over there.
OKAY, time to listen to DAVID again…I know you’ll find this just as fascinating as the first part of my interview:
Isn’t it fascinating to listen to DAVID? I have listened to that interview several times over and always find what he has to say super interesting.
ZÀI JIÀN ‘TIL NEXT TIME!