The Shoe Library at Lane Crawford, Hong Kong

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The Contemporary zone of the Shoe Library - Asia's largest shoes and accessories - at Lane Crawford incorporates a sweeping panelled backdrop
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Hong Kong design, fashion and lifestyle store Lane Crawford (opens in new tab) has just opened the doors to an ambitious new venture: the largest shoes and accessories showcase on the continent. Conceived by Asia's design golden boy, Andre Fu, the new Shoe Library (opens in new tab) covers 25,000 sq ft, with over 200 brands lining six distinct zones.

Step through the Canton Road entrance of the store and you find yourself in the 'Great Room', the mainstay of the entire space, featuring a soaring 5m high ceiling, library armoires in bronze and abstract French panels. Floors are finished in Romano marble and covered with elaborate rugs from the Andre Fu Collection for Tai Ping Carpets (opens in new tab). There are also eighty-something bespoke pieces of furniture dotted around the entire Library, among them The Salon's 5m long table with Alberto Giacometti (opens in new tab) inspired legs, and hand-embroidered silk wall panels echoing the work of French fashion illustrator Christian Berard, in warm shades of solferino and lilac.

The mood changes from zone to zone, with the Contemporary space delineated by a striking paneled backdrop. 'The overall experience is designed to evoke the concept of a journey,' says Fu. In contrast to his past hospitality experience where all elements are created in totality, 'the main challenge was creating a number of visual enclaves that can adapt to seasonal product changes'.

Certainly the Market Place, with its inter-changeable dark wood room dividers, massive glass cabinets, raw linens and silver tones, provides a perfect backdrop for this seasonal play. Meanwhile, sheathed within a floor-to-ceiling glassed area, the Blitz zone is dedicated to unique periodical international collaborations. Early next year will see Manolo Blahnik (opens in new tab) celebrates his label's 40th Anniversary here.

At the end of the journey is the Library Café, where well-heeled shoppers can replenish themselves with fashion-inspired pastries by Bonnie Gokson's Ms B Cakery (opens in new tab). There are also reviving dishes from around the globe, as well as from Hong Kong restaurant, Yardbird (opens in new tab).

Mannequins

Mannequins are cloaked in the Yves Klein blue

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The hall of frames at The Market Place

The hall of frames at The Market Place

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international collaboration

The Blitz zone is dedicated to unique periodical international collaborations, the first of which features Hong Kong lifestyle magazine Obscura. The team has curated an edited A/W 2011 collection for Lane Crawford, together with a handpicked selection of exclusive merchandise

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library armoires

The Great Room features a 5m high ceiling and bespoke bronze library armoires

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Natural wood flooring

Natural wood flooring and sandblasted lava stone fixtures make for a relaxing ambiance in the Weekend zone

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The children's designer footwear concept Cool Kid is found exclusively in The Shoe Library

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salon

The Salon pays tribute to Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo

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The bespoke furniture is inspired by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti's rustic metal sculpture. Fu describes his carpet collection for Tai Ping Carpets as featuring a 'new texture' that bridges the gap between architecture and fashion

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An emphatic neon statement from Alexander Wang

An emphatic neon statement from Alexander Wang

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wooden table

A 26-seat laid-back retreat for shoppers, the Library Cafe is centred around a long communal wooden table

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ADDRESS

3 Canton Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong

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