High-end designer clothes showcased in a refined, designer setting this architectural and interior design project by architectural studio Kokaistudios for one of China's leading names in haute couture fashion brings a brand new level of meaning to the words high-fashion environment.
The multi-faceted project encompasses a reworking of the elegant and old as well as the creation of the elegant and brand new. A grand 1920s historic villa in the heart of Shanghai's former French Concession was chosen as an apt location for the home of fashion brand Grace Chen, says project architect for Kokaistudios Filippo Gabbiani.
"The work involved creating show spaces, fitting rooms, offices, a library and a show kitchen in the reworked villa, as well as a VIP suite for a more immersive retail experience. Then there's a new showroom pavilion the project reflects a milestone in the growth of the Grace Chen brand.
"When Grace Chen approached Kokaistudios with her vision for the transformation of the villa into a refined base for her eponymous fashion brand we were immediately interested," Gabbiani says. "With her fashion focus on craftsmanship and intricate detailing, and a style rooted in Chinese culture yet given a modern interpretation, our team felt the fashion house had a kindred design spirit."
In response, Kokaistudios developed the new showroom or glass pavilion adjacent to the villa and on view straight ahead from the entry. The new build is light-filled and modern, contrasting and complementing the classic lines of the old villa.
"As well as addressing the renovation and interior design of the 1924 villa, we created the dramatic new pavilion and also revamped other structures on the site that had been added over the years," Gabbiani says. "Last of all, we landscaped the garden areas to create a lush live event area which, in conjunction with the pavilion, can host small fashion shows."