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Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has completed a space combining retail, culture and the arts for the contemporary Chinese brand Shang Xia. Embodying Asian, high-quality craftsmanship in their opulent products, the store is located in a classical french villa within the historical and prominent district of Xintiandi in Shanghai. Inside the boutique, furniture, tea ware, clothing and jewelry are amongst some products that are elegantly displayed meanwhile a distinct and delicate canopy characterizes the space. The subtle and sculptural feature is the combination of natural wood and sandstone- instilling a sophisticated and refined look.


Furthermore, a triaxially folded fabric cloaks and grows through the entire space, the innovative material, composed of a mixture of fabric and plastic had been heat-treated and shaped especially in japan and due to its properties, can permanently retain its softness and geometrical shape. Kuma’s creation embraces the essence of 21st century Asian aesthetic, where the architect has created a harmonious and seamless environment for the store in Shanghai.

Design: Kengo Kuma and Associates
Photography: Masao Nishikawa


via designboom

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