I agree with you that the Chinese taste on furniture, which apparently is in a stage of rapid development, could be quite “quirky” as you put it. I believe it is important to understand the reasons why contemporary furniture is preferred over the traditional counterpart, and from that I can adjust my design to avoid the existing pitfalls that push away the potential furniture shoppers.
The current course of my design would be to repackage the traditional Chinese style into a more marketable and fashionable direction. For example, the use of alternative material might elevate a seemingly dull Ming-style chair (imagine mold plastic and bright color). My principle would be to maintain a prominent Chinese framework with a touch of western spice.
It is important that my piece can be instantly recognizable as Chinese furniture, and it should stand out from other existing offers through a different approach on material selection or presentation. This way, my design can maintain a strong cultural present while the western element will provide the trendy taste sought by the potential buyers.
Thank you again for your comment and I hope my design will make a strong impression!