The Italian Job, February 22, 2010

A unique mix of sleep European furniture and ornate Chinese art and antiques gives a South End apartment worldly appeal.

In spite of all the beautiful art and Italian furniture, the owner wasn’t quite satisfied with his condominium, a two-story unit in a 19th-century town house. To help him finish the place and make his disparate elements look and feel more connected, he called in Boston designer Meichi Peng. Peng punctuated the rooms with decorative Chinese antiques, such as the Qing Dynasty lions that guard the living room’s hearth and early 19th-century ceremonial rice-cake molds, both of which she found on a shopping trip to Taiwan. The pieces blend beautifully. “I love modern Italian furniture,” says the owner, “but when used exclusively, there’s not much personality.”