Shopping List: Chinese Salvage and Antique Treasures

The Scholars Bench is one of the treasures you’ll find at Wu & McHugh.

Photograph by Jared Sych.

The Wu & McHugh showroom in Haysboro holds a world of Chinese salvage and antique treasures. Owners Miki Wu and John McHugh have a passion for hunting out architectural pieces and furniture from Northeast and Central China that can be used as design or home-decor elements. One of their best-selling pieces is the Scholars Bench ($199 to $500 depending on age and condition). These benches are generations old and have been broken, repaired, replaced and rejigged for the demands of daily life over the years. “We love the rustic untouched look of the elm wood,” says Wu. “We are big fans of wabi-sabi and are true believers that the beauty of many of our pieces can be found in their imperfections. This is why we choose not to restore or refinish the pieces we find. We want them to show their age and that they have been witness to a lot of history.”

Wu & McHugh, 3, 9727 Horton Rd. S.W., 403-475-8814,


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