Luxurious British Design for a Stunning Shanghai Apartment 5th February 2020 | IN PROJECT OF THE WEEK | BY SBID

Project of the Week

This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features a stunning Shanghai residence located in the heart of Shanghai’s Pudong district. Elicyon was commissioned to design a luxurious apartment in a contemporary British style. With sophisticated colour palette, lacquered veneers and marble, the design scheme blends perfectly with the existing architecture of the building, and by using joinery, furniture and lighting crafted exclusively in the UK – Elicyon created a home true to the client’s vision.

Practice: Elicyon

Project: Shanghai 

Location: Shanghai, China

residential design, Luxurious British Design for a Stunning Shanghai Apartment

residential design, Luxurious British Design for a Stunning Shanghai Apartment

What was the client’s brief? 

The client was a young Chinese professional who wanted to create an apartment with a real sense of British craftsmanship within this prestigious residential development. The client had a very strong design ethos with long-term vision – it was very important that the fittings, furnishings and palette chosen would be impactful but at the same time, wouldn’t date. It is always exciting to work with a client who has a defined vision and makes highly informed, considered design choices.

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What inspired the interior design of the project? 

British craftsmanship definitely inspired the design of the apartment. This translated into our choice of suppliers – we worked with a lot of British and European artisans and suppliers. We also chose a colour palette with quite a British sensibility – lots of dove grey and pale blues which were then given a twist through contrasting against areas of high black glossy, lacquered veneers. We were conscious of not creating a cliché or pastiche of British design, so we also took inspiration from the Shanghai location, paying homage to the river and incredible views, to create a marriage between east and western influences in the final product.

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What was your team’s highlight of the project?

This project was very special for many reasons – the fit-out of the apartment was almost entirely built in Britain and then flat packed and air freighted to Shanghai. It was an incredibly challenging and exciting brief to transpose a completely British-made design for the client. The end result was absolutely fantastic, true to the initial vision of a space with a limited, and in most part, high contrast palette.

residential design, Luxurious British Design for a Stunning Shanghai Apartment

residential design, Luxurious British Design for a Stunning Shanghai Apartment

Questions answered by Charu Gandhi, Founder and Director, Elicyon

If you missed last week’s Project of the Week featuring a timeless explorer’s lodge in Botswana built with sustainability and nature in mind, click here to see more.

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residential design, Luxurious British Design for a Stunning Shanghai Apartment

residential design, Luxurious British Design for a Stunning Shanghai Apartment