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LATTICE OF GLISTENING TILES FROM KENGO KUMA IN SHANG XIA BOUTIQUE (PARIS)

The walls and roof of this Paris boutique designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates for Chinese lifestyle brand Shang Xia are covered with white ceramic tiles that create a brickwork pattern.

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Kengo Kuma and Associates is a Japanese firm that formerly designed the stores for Shang Xia in Beijing and Shanghai. For the space the architects designed an interior covered with over 10,000 tiles thus extending to a layered ceiling installation

Designer selected rectangular white tiles with a glossy surface that beautifully reflects light all over the premise.

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“We used the same material for tiles to hang from the ceiling and cover the space,” explained the studio. “Taking advantage of this glazed white surface that softly mirrors its environments we set up a place like a cloud brimming with light”.

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The tiles also serve as a backdrop for the shopfront display windows.
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This oval-shaped boutique offers various furniture, accessories, homeware and clothing.

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The store is divided by a tiled partition. It is punctured by rectangular recesses that create display spaces for jewellery. Boxy stools and tabletops stand in front and clients can take a seat when trying on new jewellery.

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Storage cases with glass top present accessories. More recessed shelving on the walls is filled with homeware items.
 

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Shawls and scarves are tied to silver railings close to the entrance and clothing is set into the outer tiled walls together with furniture. There are beautiful polished wooden floors around.
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This design looks very like Shang Xia’s two stores in China. The Beijing store has a lattice of extruded aluminum sections, and the Shanghai store offers a faceted white interior.
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