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shang xia paris store with ceramic panels

Location: Paris
Source: designboom
Made by: Kengo Kuma
Published in: April 15 2014 / Other Stores
Set within paris’ historic 6th arrondissement, Kengo Kuma has designed the interior of Shang Xia‘s flagship european store. The boutique shop’s walls are clad in thin ceramic panels establishing a cloud-like space that combines vernacular chinese design with parisian elegance.

Measuring 40mm x 150mm, 6,000 wafer thin pieces are suspended from the ceiling, covering the entirety of the store. As well as referencing the importance of the material in asian culture, the glossy coating gives a bright and natural finish echoing pointillistic paintings synonymous with french culture.
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