archstudio adorns lily nails salon in beiing with all-white lace patterns

archstudio adorns lily nails salon in beiing with all-white lace patterns

located on the edge of blue harbor’s underground square, the second ‘lily nails’ completed by archstudio is in an irregularly shaped and elongated beauty salon in beijingthe project is aimed at extending two dimensional floral patterns into three dimensional spaces, creating a flexible environment with feminine temperament – hence improving the identity and comfort of the nails salon.

all images © jin weiqi



accordingly, archstudio‘s design employs walls that interlace straight and curved lines to re-integrate the interior facades. the curved walls divide various functional areas such as manicure, beauty, reception, storage, etc. — meeting different spatial needs from open to private. meanwhile, the variety of scales and shapes also enriches customers’ environmental perception. furthermore, the pattern of the walls adopts lace, a typical clothing motif with distinct feminine features, which was abstractly transformed and realized through the laser cutting of a six mm steel plate.



position and scale of the lace pattern have created a visual relation to clients inside the space, for reference. indeed, the motif turns all the walls translucent, overlapping and interweaving while clients move around. on the other hand, the storefront is enclosed by a pitchy hot-rolled steel plate, leaving a transparent entrance. ‘when customers pass through the noisy mall and walk inside the salon, the pure and abstract space of lace patterns enables you to slowly calm down and enjoy the time that belongs to yourself,’ elaborates the architects.



project info:


name: space of lace pattern—lily nails salon (blue harbor store)
design team: han wenqiang, wang xiaoting
design company: archstudio

area: 100 sq.m
location: blue harbor, chaoyang district, beijing, china
design time: 2017.02-2017.04
construction time: 2017.04-2017.06
main materials: steel plate, terrazzo


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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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