Kokaistudios completes the House of Grace Chen in the heart of Shanghai

by Cheryl Lau on Oct 1, 2016 in Architecture , Interiors
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All images courtesy Grace Chen

All images courtesy Grace Chen

Kokaistudios has transformed a 1920's historical villa into the House of Grace Chen, a Haute Couture retail outlet in the heart of Shanghai

This newly finished office incorporates a showroom, gallery, library, show kitchen, VIP suite as well as fitting rooms and office rooms. The design was done in collaboration with fashion designer Grace Chen, with emphasis on craftsmanship and intricate details and a style that is rooted in Chinese culture but modern in style.


The entrance to the villa is distinguished by a large black and bronze weaved metal gate that is inspired by one of Chen's designs. Guests then enter into the gardens with white hand-hammered stone flooring utilising water features and lush greenery centered around the glass cube event space. It is designed to showcase both Chen's newest designs and to also be a temporary exhibition space for other artists and designers.


A blend of functions between retail, exhibition, hospitality, working spaces and landscaping required particular attention to lighting designs for a harmonious transition throughout. Kokaistudios designed versatile interiors that created a warm, private and residential mood adaptable to different situations.


The firm restored the villa's original design, and features include the French doors and the inlaid marble mosaic flooring on the upstairs terrace as well as the beautiful facade brickwork. The design palette is a wash of neutral colours mixed with natural materials giving an elegant yet earthy look to complement Grace Chen's couture creations on all three floors.


The main fitting rooms are situated on the second floor and the VIP suite on the third to have a lifestyle experience of the brand. Custom-made cabinetry and display mirrors were designed in a style to complement the historical nature of the villa from local and international producers including Flos, Fortuny, Stellarworks, Bussola as well Murano glass lamps designed and produced in Italy by the family of chief architect Filippo Gabbiani.



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