We’ve covered Japanese architect’s Kengo Kuma’s cloud-inspired work on CFile before. He’s continued this theme with his work on the SHANGXIA store in Paris, a boutique which infuses modern furniture, decorations and clothing with Chinese design traditions.
The store on Sèvres Road was designed to be a “cloud-like space,” according to the architect’s description. The project used about 6,000 thin, ceramic panels which were suspended from the ceiling to cover the entire space. The glossy white of the panels creates a light within the store the architect compares to Impressionist pointillistic painting, creating the feeling of being within a cloud. There’s a meeting of culture’s here, similar to the boutique’s mission. The architect notes that Chinese ceramic has long been an object of admiration in Europe. The project was completed in August 2013.
Above image: Kengo Kuma and Associates’ work on the SHANGXIA store in Paris. Photograph by Masao Nishikawa.
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