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Monday, 30 December 2013

Shops shops shops - Hong Kong

Arriving in Hong Kong late at night, I didn't get to fully appreciate how much the city had changed since the last time I had visited 15 years ago. The next day I discovered unsurprisingly that the buildings were taller, streets busier, and on a whole, it is much much classier.  I wasn't expecting to be quite so blown away by the malls and shops after my sojourn in the UAE, But even though their size was smaller, the detailing was great.  Firms such as Benoy and Thomas Heatherwick have created some really exciting shopping environments.

Favourite Malls: Heatherwick's Pacific Place and Benoy's Elements Mall
Favourite Home Shop: Lane Crawford's Home Store at Pacific Place
Favourite Clothing Store: Shanghai Tang ...... Again at Pacific Place! Learn more about the store and see some great professional pictures here: 
Shanghai Tang - Pacific Place

I think you get the idea.



Dramatic Entrance to Elements Mall in Kowloon

Also a fave shop, Balenciaga, great details

Interesting walkways and ceilings break what could
be monotonous corridors

 
Heatherwick's amazing curved glass lifts at Pacific Place

The lift flooring, no detail overlooked
 
Some pretty expensive public washrooms.....
Heatherwicks's Ladies room at Pacific Place

Clean graphics at Pacific Place

Amazing shopfronts at Pacific Place, so much detail
Lane Crawford Home, Pacific Place.  We weren't allowed to take pics inside.
A great selection of furniture and home accoutrements.


Even the directory is beautiful


Skylights, layers and layers of glass, etched to look like
 raindrops, beautifully expensive effect

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