A look back at the best of Jing Daily’s Q&A series, from piano sensation Yundi and jeweler Wendy Yue to tastemakers Twin Horizon, menswear designer Anthony Hill and gastro genius Paul Pairet.
Above all else, classical pianist Yundi (李云迪, aka Li Yundi) is a true global phenomenon. Over a decade ago, Yundi — then only a teenager — rose from obscurity to become the youngest winner of the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition award after 13 unclaimed years.
Yet in addition to his reputation as a piano icon, Yundi is one of the more interesting figures in modern Chinese classical music, having most recently been smeared with titillating scandal.
Establishing her first atelier in 1998 and eponymous brand four years ago, jeweler Wendy Yue has spent the last decade and a half transforming her design firm into one of the most renowned in Hong Kong, celebrated for its bold, fantastical designs inspired by the sights, sounds, and experiences of nature.
Launched last year, the Shanghai street-style label and creative house Twin Horizon has quickly developed a reputation for keeping fashion fresh and authentic, with hand-drawn artistic statements that push the boundaries of “simple clothing.” For its first collection, Shanghai DIY, Twin Horizon debuted with t-shirts sporting designs inspired by five prominent independent bands: Stegosaurus?, Friend Or Foe, Boys Climbing Ropes, Rainbow Danger Club, and Moon Tyrant.
Standing at the forefront of Hong Kong’s menswear revolution is British designer Anthony Hill, whose eponymous label Hill has injected a shot of sartorial vigor into the city’s fashion scene. Creating deftly tailored blazers, chinos and shorts proudly made in Hong Kong, in just over one year Hill has become the go-to designer for classic cuts with a hint of unpredictability, making contemporary style look easy.
Since bursting onto the culinary scene at Paris’ Cafe Mosaic, the globally minded French-born and trained chef Paul Pairet has amassed international accolades for his “French-but-not-French style.” Venturing to Shanghai in 2005, Pairet ran Jade on 36 at the Shangri-La Hotel Pudong through 2008, then the following year added Mr & Mrs Bund, a French-inspired eatery nestled in the historic Bund, to the city’s fine dining scene. Shifting gears to dabble in the avant-garde, in 2012 Pairet opened Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, a concept the chef had incubated for 15 years, brought to life in a purposefully mysterious yet groundbreaking dining experience.