Live in the World of Netflix’s Hit Show, The Rise of the Phoenixes!

The Rise of Phoenixes (Chinese: 天盛长歌/Tiānshèng Cháng Gē) is a 2018 Chinese television series that is loosely based on the novel Huang Quan, by Tianxia Guiyuan. It stars Chen Kun and Ni Ni. The series premiered on Hunan Television starting August 14, 2018, and was airs on Netflix starting September 14, 2018.

If you went through the ups and downs of Ning Yi’s and Feng Zhi Wei’s dramas and stuck around after 70 episodes, you have probably become, like me, true fans of the series. You share the prince’s nightmares, you get mad when Zhi Wei pushed Ning Yi away. You cried when she lost her mother and yelped when Ning Yi kissed her underwater during the flood…

But most importantly, you felt like you were part of their worlds. You not only shared their emotions, but you also shared their world. The drama’s exquisitely designed sets have become an integral part of your life’s backdrop, that was until the show ended and you didn’t want it to (after much private complaining that the drama was too long and too slow…)

We are here to help. We have scourged our catalogues for items that might take you back to the Tiansheng Dynasty, to the extravagant palace, to the beautiful residences of the princes, to the study hall and other breathtaking backdrops where Ning Yi and Feng Zhi Wei’s heart-wrenching romance played out.

Here we go!

Sitting at low tables: This is something that happens a lot, sitting at low tables. Actually all of the tables in the show are low tables of different sizes and shapes, although rectangular ones seem to be the most common.

Here Ningyi was looking at some scrolls of military intelligence. This might actually have been when he was at Min Hai where he was just a guest, otherwise he would be sitting in the center of the hall on the ‘throne’ instead.

Playing Chess: Emperor Ning Shizheng loves playing chess with Ning Yi. Actually you could argue that the Emperor has been playing chess with Ning Yi the whole drama (figuratively speaking). A chessboard is a must-have if you want to recreate their world.

The Emperor playing chess with his son.
Ning Yi making weird moves…if I recall correctly these were some sort of code signals. (If anyone remembers please remind me!)

Tea drinking : Gu Nan Yi, Wei Zhi’s young and loyal bodyguard worries about Wei Zhi a lot. The cute thing was he only drink tea on those occasions.

Door curtains: The curtains in the scene actually seems to be used more as room divider than concealing an entryway given how transparent its fabric was. There is something in our catalog that appeared similar.

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Standing paper lamps to illuminate the residence: Floor paper lamps were standard fixtures in almost all indoor scenes.

Feng Hao getting pissed at his mother and sister as always…
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Bamboo curtains: Bamboo curtains can give your residence a natural look without shielding daylight completely.

Gu Nan Yi looking melancholic, which is a constant state of mind for him pretty much throughout the story.

Calligraphy Tool: While we don’t expect many of you to do Chinese calligraphy, the presence of calligraphy tools will add strongly to the atmosphere of your home.

Feng Zhi Wei writing for the Emperor.

Chinese painting: Chinese painting usually comes in a rectangular shape and may be easily damaged. A Chinese Painting such as the below round LED lamp protected by sheet crystal is a much better alternative that is both beautiful and functional, especially during the evening.

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Musical instrument: The string instrument Ning Yi was holding was called Gu Qin, which literally translated to ‘Old Piano’. While we do not sell Gu Qin ourselves, we do have a table for it.

Ning Yi at the Guqin.
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Carved antique wooden sofa bed: There is nothing like a highly ornated sofa bed to add style to your living room or bedroom (as seen below, it could turn into a bed, and unfortunately for Prince Ning Shen, his deathbed.)

Ning Shen dying…

Don’t forget to get matching pillow with it!

Banquet wares: Elevated platform plates are items one sees a lot during dining scenes. They are perfect for presenting desserts or dim sums.

Brother and sister at the banquet together for one last time at their uncle’s home. I don’t think they ate anything because this was when the mistress of their uncle confronted them about not being actual twins…
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Drinking with your buddy/enemy: A low table is a must in such setting, but let’s not forget to bring a source of light.

There are couple of interesting elements in this photo such as the raised platform and the wooden table, but all I could find is the candle holder.
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Silk Fan: Silk fans shaped as such are not a common item seen in hands of men in Chinese dramas because they are considered ‘Palace-style’, mainly for women in the harem. Ning Yi of course was also not your average prince, being a tailor and all.

Ning Yi and his fan. The material looks like it’s embroidered silk.
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Room dividers: In this scene, we see Ning Yi talking to the trusted assistant of the Emperor in his residence. We see two distinctive sets of room divider here, accented with bamboo design elements. They were more decorative than anything since the materials used appeared to be semi-transparent.

Look at those beautiful wall dividers behind them in Ning Yi’s residence.

We do not have any lantern style lamps in our portfolio at the moment, but these birdcage inspired designer lamps may give off a similar vibe.

These are everything we have been able to match for you. What do you think? Some of the decors and furniture pieces are titled Japanese instead of Chinese but let’s not forget that the Japanese people preserved a lot of the Tang (Chinese) dynasty era art and designs till present times, hence there is a common impression that low, tatami table, for example, is part of the Japanese culture alone. The opera masks wall decoration of Ning Yi’s residence though did throw me off a little every time I saw them (those creepy-looking faces behind the Emperor in the last picture in case you didn’t notice them yet). Chinese opera masks do not look like this and I don’t think I have ever seen them used in any other Chinese period television dramas.

Did you see other items from our catalog which look like it could be part of this article? Or did you think of other shows you wish for us to do an article on just like this one? Let us know!

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