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UCCAstore @ DESIGN

Beijing's 798 Art District gets a design store

by Alessandro De Toni in Design on 23 August 2012

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The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) is the most dynamic art center in Beijing's 798 Art District, and since 2007 its UCCAstore has been a small temple for vanguard design within the gallery. The original store, now UCCA @ ART.BOOK, is still offering a glut of Chinese art and creativity, with a selection of limited-edition artworks—the fruit of the collaboration between UCCA and more than 40 artists—and a vast selection of art and design books.

Meeting the demands of a growing community of design lovers, UCCA has recently launched a new 300-square-meter space in 798, the UCCAstore @ Design. Floor-to-ceiling windows and light wood encase an interior filled with warm light from the marvelous bone lamps by Xie Dong. Overall the space jumps to the forefront of cutting-edge design without becoming ostentatious.

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The work of Taiwanese Good Studio, the shop was designed under the theme "Windows." Throughout the store, a variety of different frames hung on the walls and ceiling encourage visitors "to look out onto a new world." The frames are meant to open people up to other ways thinking and to the artist's genius which—while leading his audience through his world of imagination—crystalizes his creative process in an object of beauty. Besides offering an aesthetic experience for visitors, the store aims to incubate new thoughts and ideas.

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From collaborating with 10 Chinese designers and developing limited-edition collections, UCCAstore now showcases the work of 60 of the finest creatives in China—pieces of art, fashion, jewelry, furniture and also colorful fixed gear bikes.

UCCA @ DESIGN
Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-6pm
Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District
Beijing, China 100015

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