Cat and Fan at the end of hutong in Beijing
Not long ago, I went to the South luogu Lane (old hotong in Beijing) again. Walk in this familiar place which I have visited uncountable times and enjoy the environment of the Hutong, I found a fan shop hidden behind two locust trees at the end of the hotong.
Standing in front of the entrance and under the shadow of the tree, visitors can look through the big simple window. In this hot summer, even though there is shadow, the heat is still unbearable.
When I stepped on the stairs, suddenly, my eyes were catch by a black cat sitting on the eaves. She seems like an agile black dress swordsman standing on the top and flaunt her prowess.
There are two old trees which is a wonderful place for the cat to have fun in front of the entrance.
Walk into the shop, there is a fan retail space, various of fans displayed on the exhibition booth. Large area of wooden decoration is simple and quiet, willing to make a backing.
Fans were displaying on exhibition booth, lots of customers were picking fans. Some of them like gentle round silk fan, some people like elegant and romantic folding fan, with the busy communication between customers and staffs.
The cabinet under the showcase is much narrower than normal cabinet, because of the size of the fan. Light through the glass made fans have a great quality.
Keep going, the most pleasant courtyard in the space is on the opposite of the cashier bar. An entire glass wall not only sprinkles natural light into the interior, but also brings the landscape view of the courtyard into the interior. Customers slow down when they pass here.
At the mention of fan bone, it is extremely fastidious, just for choosing material there are many difference, Jade bamboo, Phyllostachys aurea, Mottled bamboo and Meilu bamboo... For the shape, the bone is thin or thick and different types of fan head are all complex.
There is a long table in the middle of the inside room. It is a lovely place for drinking tea and having a conversation.
Sitting at the table, looking at the magnolia tree in the courtyard, a black cat which seems like the one I saw in front of the entrance is walking around the magnolia tree, and attracts a lot of attention.
Staff told me, her name is Gege, and she looks like a real princess.
This store named 'Jing Fan', located in Beijing, concentrate on making traditional Chinese fans. This store in South Luogu Lane is not only a selling space, but also a place for refined tastes people to drinking tea and having onversations.
This fan shop designed by Golucci Interior Architects. It is a new experience for Golucci who focus on restaurant space design to create a retail store:
"When people go through the South Luogu Lane, we try to create a leisurely and relaxed space for customers --- the feeling like a person of refined tastes with a fan, a courtyard, a magnolia tree and a silent black cat 'Gege', enjoy this wonderful and cozy place."
DESIGNER(DESIGN COMPANY): Golucci Interior Architects
DESIGN TEAM: Lee Hsuheng, Zhao Shuang, Nan Cheng
CLIENT: Dian Dian Yipin Cha Chaan Teng
LOCATION: Beijing, China
BUILT AREA: 150m²
PHOTOGRAPHER: LULU XI