Eastern Exchange is divided into three sections;
Distinctively Eastern - an introduction to the history and materials of artwork from China, Japan and Korea. It includes examples of Lacquerm heavily embroidered robes, made for the Emperor of China and other intensively high skill, historic crafts.
East meets West - a section of the exhibition focusing on the influence Eastern design has had on Western design, and vice versa. The main focus was a vase called Chinese Ladders by Felicity Aylieff, a British ceramicist who went to China to learn traditional techniques.
Future East - What is happening in China/Japan/Korea right now. This features a lot of minimal design pieces that still carry the high skill level we could see throughout.
House Proud was very different. It highlighted the totally entwined histories of art and design and included a mixture of high end and mass produced artifacts.
The main thoughts I came away from both exhibitions with, were to do with preservation. In House Proud everyday objects are being preserved at the price of function; however in Eastern Exchange we were able to see design that was once everyday now exhibited hundreds of years later. If one day people can look with wonder at a chest of drawers that once lived in every house in Manchester then the loss of function is worthwhile. I think so, anyway.