Chongqing Zhongshuge by X+Living

March 19, 2019

Staircase to (Book) Heaven

Chongqing Zhongshuge by XL MuseSome people think bookstores are relics from the past, but Chinese bookstore chain Zhongshuge is out to prove the naysayers wrong with stores featuring breathtaking interiors. Its latest branch in Chongqing is no exception.

Designed by Li Xiang at X+Living, the 1,300 square metre Chongqing Zhongshuge is divided into various different but equally spectacular zones. These include a lobby with bell-shaped suspended bookshelves which cleverly provide semi-enclosed reading spaces. This design is reprised in the leisure area, where comfy booths are enclosed in conical pods. The children's area is awash in candy hues of pink and turquoise, the landscape-shaped bookshelves and automobile-shaped display units sure to stir the imagination of the little ones.

However, the pièce de résistance has to be the central hall, an extravagant four-storey space lined with bookshelves and multi-directional staircases that recall the "impossible" drawings of Dutch artist MC Escher. The visual impact is supercharged by the mirrored ceiling and atmospheric lighting, creating a mind-boggling spectacle which could have come straight from the movie Inception.

This hugely inspiring space will no doubt become a hotspot for book lovers, design aficionados and Instagrammers alike, evidence that there is still some life left in bookstores. 

Chongqing Zhongshuge by XL MuseChongqing Zhongshuge by XL MuseChongqing Zhongshuge by XL MuseChongqing Zhongshuge by XL MuseChongqing Zhongshuge by XL MuseChongqing Zhongshuge by XL MuseChongqing Zhongshuge by XL MuseChongqing Zhongshuge by XL MuseChongqing Zhongshuge by XL Muse

Links

X+Living 

 

Product Inspiration

Create your dream library with the ABC bookshelves from Saporiti, the Robox bookshelf from Casamania and the Konnex bookshelf from Muller.

ABC Bookcase – Floor-Standing Shelf - 31 cm Depth  Robox Bookshelf   Konnex Shelving Set - Floor Standing

 

Go for functional task lights such as the Cellight Penta from Frederik Roije, the Ray wall lamp from Mater and the Asterisco table lamp from LZF.

Cellight Penta   Ray Wall Lamp   Asterisco Table Light

 

The Storylines shelf from Frederik Roije is a great way to create storage space on your walls. No space for shelves? Try the Book Shelves wallpaper from Mind The Gap. The Doc concrete magazine rack from Lyon Beton would make a great gift for keen readers.

Storylines Single   Storylines Single    Doc Concrete Magazine Rack






You may also like:

Prismatic Apartment in Moscow by SHKAF Architects

May 02, 2019

Prismatic Apartment in Moscow by SHKAF ArchitectsHow to create visual interest in a small, minimalist space without sacrificing functionality? One intriguing solution, according to Moscow based SHKAF Architects, is to create a labyrinthian space with plenty of sharp angles and unexpected nooks.

View full article →

Jamie Wolfond's Industrial Inspirations

April 26, 2019

Jamie Wolfond's Industrial InspirationsThe starting point of Canadian designer Jamie Wolfond's designs are often mundane everyday objects or standard industrial processes. The end products, however, are far from ordinary.

View full article →

The Refined World of Ritzwell

April 23, 2019

The Refined World of RitzwellThe Salone del Mobile in Milan can be a tiresome assault on the senses, with a plethora of brands vying for attention. So imagine our surprise and delight when we chanced upon the stand of Japanese furniture brand Ritzwell.

View full article →

Sign up to receive emails on the latest sales, new products and more!