House of Yue-Sai is featured in an article in the July 21st issue of the New Yorker magazine. The article is titled "Buy Shanghai", a comprehensive shopping guide for the biggest metropolis on China's east coast. Here is an excerpt:
"Until twenty-five years ago, it was practically unheard of for citizens to own property in China. By 2007, however, The Economist reported that eight per cent of the urban population had become homeowners. So a lot of nesters suddenly have a need for a lot of dining-room sets and salad tongs and scented candles. Yes, there is an IKEA, and it is wildy popular (585 Longhua Xi Road). "But they don't have silver furniture," I was told by Yue-Sai Kan, whose home-decorating mini department store, House of Yue-Sai, opened late last year. Kan has been called the Martha Stewart/Oprah/Emily Post/Estee Lauder of China. Perhaps you know Kan's cosmetics line? Or "One World," her weekly television show, which was seen by an estmiated three hundred million people? When I visited the House of Yue-Sai, there was a wide rang of ornate pillows from India and China, a stunning Modigliani-esque painting of the back of a Chinese woman's head by the French painter Christian de Laubadere, and a fanciful orange-and-black parasol (15-19 West Beijing Road; $72, $7,246, $84).