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Kengo Kuma Strikes Again, Wraps Boutique in a Fabric Cocoon

All photos by Masao Nishikawa, via <a href="">Designboom</a>
All photos by Masao Nishikawa, via Designboom

Known for pushing aesthetic boundaries in commercial spaces as commonplace as Starbucks, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma again displays his talent for spinning simple and unexpected materials into gold at this Shanghai shop for furniture, tea sets, and clothing, Shang Xia.

While the interior architecture is quite straightforward—largely clean-lined displays that faintly evoke ancient Chinese decorative motifs—an umbrella-like canopy composed of a hybrid material part plastic, part fabric, forms a kind of cocoon in the space and gives it a distinctly contemporary vibe. The fabric retains its form via a heat treatment, and was, according to Designboom, specially formed in Japan for the boutique.

· Kengo Kuma's Shang Xia Boutique in Shanghai Features Triaxially Folded Canopy [Designboom]
· Inside the World's Most High-Design Fast-Food Restaurants [Curbed]
· All Kengo Kuma coverage [Curbed]