Like a set of Chinese boxes, the Camper showroom-office in Shanghai opens up before visitors as if it has been inserted in the shell of a pre-existing warehouse. “The exterior lane extends into the showroom, creating a physical sectional cut of the new house and a gathering space used for presentations and talks”explained the Chinese architects Neri & Hu (Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, based in Shanghai). They took their inspiration from the distinctive alleyways of Shanghai, which are called “non-tangs”.
Shoes hang from the skylights to make it feel even more like a street setting.
Grey bricks and salvaged wood have been used in the construction of the location. “The wood salvaged from demolished lane houses reveals years of patina from paint, while newspapers and wallpaper are still attached to the planks. A new skylight above heightens the experience of being in an exterior alley by casting long linear shadows across the walls throughout the day” stated Neri & Hu. Great care was taken over the interior design scheme. All of the items were custom made for the project, from the bronze shelves and the special edition Solo Chair with Camper red legs to the Lazy Susan table designed for the Press Room.
The project is in the shortlist or the World Interior of the Year 2014.