‘Ceci n’est pas une... pop-up!’ Is what Magritte might have said should he have had the good fortune to set foot inside Sanlitun South’s new home decor haven. And once within, it’s likely he would have been preoccupied with perusing the ravishing revived antiquities on offer rather than musing over the fallacy of word and image. So if you want to make like Magritte and leave all but your aesthetic philosophy at the door, hit the backstreets of Chaoyang in search of the noticeably permanent Pop-Up Beijing.
Established by two design aficionados – Vito Zhang and Glenn Schuitman of interior architecture agency Pop-Up Creative, which has also set up shop at the back of the store – the 160-square-metre loft-like space is a real-life retailvana. Works by emerging Chinese artists line the walls, while centuries-old Qing and Ming chairs, chests, cabinets, commodes and more take the floor.
As well as these rustic relics, many of which have been upgraded with a lick or two of fun, vibrant lacquer, Pop-Up offers custom furnishings, pretty porcelain, some truly tasteful novelty cushions, and serves stimulating java jolts along with a tasty drop of red or white. Need another excuse to pop by? Keep an eye on the events programme for jazz afternoons, wine tastings and art expos. Pop-Up? More like come in and make yourself at home.
G/F / Building 22 / 4 Gongti Bei Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 6502 5725 / noon-10pm daily / popupbeijing.com