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COMPASS MAGAZINE May 2004

Quatre Sens Gallerie

5, Alley 13, Lane 285, ZhongXing (JungShing) St., Taichung
(04)2329-0001
Hours: 10 am ~ 7 pm

    When four friends met up in Paris three years ago, they conceived of a shop that could provide complete lifestyle experience--one which focused on beauty, style and happiness, covering a whole range of products. Today, that passion comes through quite clearly at Quatre Sens. The products at this store are surprisingly complementary in style and tone, even when one least expects it.

    Dominating the entrance and setting a slightly mystical tone is a large Southeast Asian statue of a buddha in a wooden enclosure, complete with a thatched roof. Once past the image of Indian divinity, a whole world of elegant household items appears, including furniture, lamps, vases, purses and dishes. The overwhelming sense is of zen-influenced Japanese design but, curiously, 80 percent of the products are imported from France. Simple lines and muted colours are the norm, with occasional flashes of bright yellow or red. Much of what makes the designs fascinating rests on a frequent use of surprises in angle, perspective and much off-center symmetry. Some special pieces are even made of hardened silk that resembles lacquer.

    Not surprisingly, these well crafted items do not come at an IKEA budget. Nevertheless, when my boat finally does come in, I'll be back!

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