chuang x yi concept store by lukstudio in shanghai




lukstudio’s ‘modular lilong’ was developed at the behest of value retail china to showcase ‘chuang x yi’ — a fashion platform for chinese designers. the 150 sqm site, located in yioulai shanghai village, is organized around meandering lanes, or lilong, a system that allows creative displays in areas with spatial constraints. this concept, in part, is what gives shanghai its signature streetscape.

‘chuang x yi’ concept store 
images © dirk weiblen




‘lilong’, interpreted by lukstudio, results in a modular interior that can be easily disassembled and re-located to other locations. pieces are based on architectural features and textures often found in a ‘lilong’ including old stone ‘shikumen’ gates; visualized in smooth, rounded corners in displays. laundry lines become copper-coated clothing racks, and bamboo rattan is utilized as dividers.

rattan serves as dividers in the store




the retail experience of ‘chuang x yi’ offers a visual dialogue between interior and urban environment, combining many layers into a cohesive structure. lukstudio’s work is a journey of discovery that connects historical shanghai architecture and the consumer culture of today

chuang x yi concept store by lukstudio in shanghai
‘modular lilong’

chuang x yi concept store by lukstudio in shanghai
lounge space

interior by lukstudio

chuang x yi concept store by lukstudio in shanghai
seating and structural display

grid layout 

chuang x yi concept store by lukstudio in shanghai

chuang x yi concept store lukstudio shanghai china
display cube


floor plan



project info:


name: chuang x yi: the modular lilong
client: value retail china
location: shanghai village, 88 shendi east road, pudong new area, shanghai, china
net area: 150 sqm
interior & lighting design: lukstudio
team: christina luk, marcello chiado rana, alba beroiz blazquez
display furniture & custom lighting: TIWU design
lounge furniture: lost and found, MRT
timeline: jan. – feb. 2016
construction: mar. 2016
general contractor: centroid construction
photography: dirk weiblen



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edited by: nick brink | designboom