A new addition to the shopping landscape in Hong Kong, XLICP blurs the lines between store and gallery
Nestled on a tiny alley among the antique-lined streets of Sheung Wan, this select boutique creates a striking frontage to passersby. It was recently opened by Swedish designer, Alexis Holm, founder of the region’s first lifestyle shop, squarestreet and houses a range of carefully curated ceramic pieces alongside a selection of body jewellery.
Holm wanted the space to be vastly different to the warm, organic interior that he had created at squarestreet: “XLICP is hard, polished, clean and almost gallery-like in appearance. The shiny black stone floor and interior really contrasts the vintage pieces, and at the same time enhances the beauty of the jewellery.” This sleek feeling is reiterated by the full glass window that acts as shop frontage, with only a small, magnetic sign to denoting the company name.
The homeware housed within the walls of XLCIP is a mix of Swedish ceramics from the 50s and 60s. Each has been chosen by Holm at auction and are all works of well-known artists such as Lisa Larson, Gunnar Nylund and Stig Lindberg.
One wall of the interior is devoted to jewellery, particularly that of another Swedish designer, Cornelia Webb. A former medical student, Webb creates pieces that move and flow with the anatomy, often utilising mulitple chains in her work. These pieces act as stunning abstract art forms on the wall of the boutique, with their linear patterns being enhanced through the addition of a mirror at the rear of the store.