Shanghai, long known as an icon of culture, history and architecture has also emerged as a new design capital. With some of the world’s most amazing designer opening their doors to mix with the unique and bustling cultural style of places like Nanjing Road and the Dongtai Road Antique market.
“Shanghai is my dream design destination – such an incredible mix of history, culture and a forward-thinking approach to design – definitely a must-visit!”Wendy Moore HB Editor-in-chief
Just opened in Xintiandi, one of the most exclusive districts of Shanghai, is the newest interior design concept store showcasing high end homewares brand B&B Italia, in partnership with its Shanghai distributor, Area Living.
The store echoes the architectural style of B&B Italia’s other flagships in New York, Paris and London and is the first to open in Asia.
Expect the surprising and the spectacular with black and white wallpapers, metal mesh dividing screens, reflective false ceilings and oversized back-lit scenographic backdrops. Best of all are the two large glass greenhouse filled with verdant tropical.
“A sophisticated interplay of architecture and graphic design, monochrome and colour, create the perfect setting for presentations with deep impact and intense atmosphere, initiating a harmonious dialogue with nature."B&B Italia
B&B Italia Shanghai Unit L1-W10, No. 168 Hubin Rd., Huangpu District 200021 Shanghai
Prada Rong Zhai flagship store
Prada’s track record of reimagining landmark buildings to base their operations in cities of taste is well known, reaching destinations as far flung as Milan, NewYork (hello undulating floor in the Guggenheim Museum), Tokyo and include an 18th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal in Venice.
The fashion giant's newest flagship store opened in Rong Zhai, the western-style former home of a Chinese industrialist, built in the early 19th century.
The stunning 6-year restoration has preserved the history of the building faithfully and resulted in a network of spectacular interior spaces for events, showcases, and fashion shows.
No.186 North Shaan XI Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai
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3. Former French Concession
This old-world neighbourhood in Shanghai was originally designated for French expats, it remains a sought after neighbourhood for expats living in Shanghai from all over the world. Unexpected in its European inspired architecture, it comprises a series of tree-lined streets with tudor houses, hip cafes, concept bars and breweries. An escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, experience a relaxed, calm feeling as you wander avenues, shop art in galleries and browse antique stores.
4. Ultra Violet by Paul Pairet
Already channeling Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2018, avant-garde restaurant Ultra Violet by Paul Pairet is bang on trend with both its dramatic interiors and awe-inspiring food, offering a “Turbulent, unpredictable, unconventional” dining experience from the French-born, globe-trotting chef. Over 15 years in the making (and closer to 15,000 emails, up to 50,000 cigarettes and 8,000 double espressos consumed, he says) Pairet has created his dream kitchen and wrapped it in an audio visual experience like no other, to deliver that dream in multi-sensory form… on a plate.