LANE CRAWFORD, BEIJING
Nicholas Tamarin -- Interior Design, 12/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
At 780,000 square feet, the Beijing outpost of Hong Kong–based luxury retailer Lane Crawford was a renovation large enough to daunt even the most seasoned designers. George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg harnessed the leviathan by turning the curved staircase running through all three levels into a sculptural element against which to define individual spaces. "Each section of the store is designed with the customers' aesthetic pleasure in mind," says Pushelberg. That means wall-hung glass cases for fine jewelry, space-agey pedestals in women's accessories, and charcoal walls with sections of charred wood in men's clothing, which are all linked by the central marble stair. Interactive technology is also prominent on the third floor, where shoe displays rise and lower electronically.
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