Beijing Rendez-Vous: London-based architects Sybarite complete concept store
As part of their gradual, on-going project of re-branding and re-designing the 140,000 sq m that make up SKP Beijing – one of the largest shopping malls in Asia – the London-based architecture firm Sybarite has just completed Rendez-Vous, a concept store within the mall previously known as Shin Kong Place.
An easy place to drop a few hours, not in small part due to its globally understood standard of luxe aesthetics, which have been carefully put together to feed the senses. The design-led luxury concept store on the fourth floor of SKP comes complete with a curated book store, filled with art, culture, food and coffee-table books from China and abroad, an artisanal cheese room (where cheese is made on-site), a TWG tea room and a restaurant, Without Borders.
For Rendez-Vous, co-founders of Sybarite – Torquil McIntosh and Simon Mitchell – sourced marble from a quarry in naturally occurring light and dark tones of grey to form the basis of a simple material palette. Along with brilliant red table tops, brushed brass and walnut shelves, the lighting (as architects everywhere will drill into you) is absolutely everything. The varied fixtures are skilfully used to instill a sense of warmth and make each area of the concept feel intimate.
All Sybarite systems are go on a second Rendez-Vous concept in a new SKP in Xi’an. This one is super-size – five times larger than the Beijing outpost.