TRENDS HOME: BIG SHOT OF LIFE – DAILY TIME @ POP-UP BEIJING 时尚家居:生活咖 – 时光的日常 @ POP-UP BEIJING

“We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.”

“我们热爱生活,不是因为习惯了生活,而是因为习惯了热爱。”

Friedrich Nietzsche.


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Check out the latest feature on POP-UP BEIJING, from the lifestyle section of Trends Home magazine. Read on below, in both English and Chinese. Enjoy!

快来看看POP-UP BEIJING的最新报道 – 时尚家居将我们的店铺搬上了杂志生活方式栏目里。文章如下,希望大家喜欢!

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DAILY TIME

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When Glenn and Vito first met each other around four years ago, they soon discovered a mutual understanding for life and design, and decided to create a place together that allowed them to express their shared perspective on quality lifestyle – out of this grew POP-UP BEIJING.

Hidden in Building 22 of Courtyard No.4, near Gongtibeilu, POP-UP BEIJING is vibrantly blossoming in its own unique way – from the moment you walk into the space, it’s almost like traveling in a time machine – naturally polished stone floors, vintage furniture from both the East and West, and the ticking of an antique wooden clock… all take you back to the good-old-times, warming your heart before you even realise it.

POP-UP BEIJING is a place for you to put time aside, and truly enjoy an interaction with life and pleasure. The space is carefully furnished with love – a rustic ice bucket quietly sitting next to a vintage dressing-room mirror, behind a vintage German typewriter where some succulents are growing and thriving. The neighbour of a life-sized modernist horse is a sophisticated Song-Dynasty vase. “Every one of these pieces is meticulously chosen by ourselves. We believe that each item here has its own unique personality and spirit, and that is what makes them so different from others,” said Vito. Every object is finely selected, re-designed and modified by the two of them. “This pair of vintage Shandong armchairs were originally a natural wood colour, but after being re-lacquered in red, they bloom in a completely different way,” said Vito.

Out of respect and love for nature, Glenn and Vito often use lots of natural or recycled materials in their work. Each piece that they have designed and renovated not only retains its original characteristics, but is often also given new function: old pipes, vintage wood panels, ceramics – these two creative minds always turn such inconspicuous pieces into some of the most stylish furniture and homewares.

The whole space is carefully divided into different zones with different functions – while the main showroom is filled with collector’s items and their stories, in the bar area downstairs, people can enjoy a cosy, comfortable afternoon, with a wine or a beer in their hand. Is POP-UP BEIJING a boutique store, a café, or a wine bar? In Glenn and Vito’s vision, POP-UP BEIJING is a place for you to experience special moments, as much as it is to discover special pieces for your life.

Surrounded by so many beautiful antiques, a cosy afternoon just slipped away without any of us noticing. As the weekly vintage movie night got underway, our minds drifted away with another old classic romance…

Planning Commissioner / Su Man; Vivian, Photographer / Zhang Zhizhou, Editor / Zhi Shui

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Q&A:

Q How do you define the style of POP-UP BEIJING?
A Here in POP-UP BEIJING, you can easily experience the concept of ‘East meets West.’ It’s a combination of subtle suggestion and bold statement, traditional and modern, as well as the vigorous and lively. It would be really difficult for anyone to define it in one specific style: from its very essence, it is a unique reflection of both of us.

Q What is your original intension in opening POP-UP BEIJING?
A Glenn and I have a very similar professional background, where we both previously worked in large international corporations, in consulting and design. Despite working in large companies on large projects, we believe that beauty often expresses itself in the small details. We love that, through POP-UP BEIJING, we can share our vision of a quality lifestyle, with our amazing friends and customers. We value communicating and sharing the feeling of our environment more, rather than merely focusing on sales.

Q Did you two design and style all the space by yourselves?
A Essentially, yes – after we collect vintage or antique pieces, we often fix or modify them, to make them better fit people’s lives. We also work with a lot of original designers. For example, we work with seven local jewellers in our POP-UP BEI-BLING collective. Each of them has a distinctive style, and every piece here is unique – pieces come and go, each waiting for its rightful lucky owner!

Q What kind of event do you usually host at POP-UP BEIJING?
A As well as Classic Movie Tuesday, we also have all different kinds of workshops, including jewellery-making, origami, Sunday Sip & Scribble, educational talks, and flea markets… Not long ago, we hosted a series of events to celebrate World Baijiu Day. If you haven’t properly tasted it yet, you’ll have no idea how delicious it can be!


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时光的日常

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3年前,创意总监 Glenn Schuitman 和室内建筑师 Vito Zhang 偶然邂逅。彼此都是设计师,又有着相同的爱好,于是他们决定做一个家居空间,用来安放自己对生活、对时光的理解,POP-UP BEIJING 就这样诞生了。

POP-UP BEIJING隐藏在工体机电院的一栋楼房里。走得急了些, 就容易与其失之交臂。但真正步入其中,就会觉得进入了一个传送门,猝不及防地和时光短兵相接。凹凸不平的地面,老柜子静静地伫立在墙角,黄铜把手依然泛着光,墙上的木质挂钟依然嘀嗒作响…… 这样的场景,总是让人觉得心里一暖,模糊的旧日仿佛立刻就明晰起来,连空气都带着怀旧的气味。

来过这里的人都觉得这里特别能消磨时间。左顾右盼,每走一步都有新奇的发现。带着锈迹的冰桶旁边居然是梳妆镜,老式打字机的背面,多肉植物在静静地生长,梅瓶的邻居竟然是强烈现代主义风格的雕塑马……“每一件都是我和 Glenn 精挑细选的,我们觉得这些物件都是有灵魂的,正因如此才足够动人。” Vito 说。每一件物品,都不是简单的陈列,而是经过了两人的改造和设计。由此,它们也获得了新生,呈现出了更加耐人寻味的姿态。“你看这个山东圈椅,刚开始收集来时,它是老木色,后来刷了一层漆以后,竟然变得如此惊艳。”

出于对环境的尊重和对天然质感的热爱,Glenn 和 Vito 在设计时格外注重选用天然、可回收的原材料,且尽量避免使用化学涂料剂,将这种天然感融入到每个细节中,让老旧或回收的材质保留了岁月的痕迹。他们从二手市场、回收中心等收购老旧物料、木板、管材、陶瓷等,将日常生活中最常见的物品转变为设计原材料,通过巧妙的构思和搭配,呈现带有天然感的设计效果。

虽然空间不大,但每个角落都满满地陈列着从世界各地精心搜罗到的各种大小物件。两层格局的空间,利用更加高效,也做了功能性区分。一楼拐角处的 mini bar,可以慢呷红酒,更可以豪饮精酿啤酒。所以,这里很容易让人产生错觉:是酒吧?是咖啡厅?是家居店?在 Glenn 和 Vito 看来,这些都是又都不是。说得精确一点儿,在这里你能遇到自己喜欢的生活,仅此而已。

两人和大家一起慵懒地坐在老物件之中,看着经典的老影片,感觉时间此刻有如停摆。这是每周二在 POP-UP BEIJING 电影放映日里的日常,一直未曾间断⋯⋯

策划、执行 / 苏曼、Vivian 摄影 / 张之洲 文 / 知水

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问答环节

Q 如何定义这家店的风格?
A 在这里你会看到很多中西碰撞的印记,含蓄的和奔放的,现代的和传统的,鲜艳的和深沉 的,交织掺杂在一起。但很难用某种风格来具体描绘和定义 POP-UP BEIJING,因为它本身就掺杂了我们两个人的个人审美风格。

Q 开店的初衷是什么?
A 我们两个人的背景都差不多,都是从大的顾问公司和创意公司出来的。我们总觉得很多美好的事物存在于一些微小的细节里。我们想把自己理解的活法和态度,去和大家分享。销售是次要的,更多的是和同好之间的点滴交流和互动。

Q 店里的陈列都是你们自己设计的吗?
A 大部分是。我们将收集到的老物件加以改造和优化,让它们附加 POP-UP BEIJING 的精神和内涵。我们也与一些原创设计师合作。比如我们的手镯饰品,是一个法国设计师的杰作,还有两个中国的建筑师, 他们将作品放到这个空间来展示,希望遇到理解和喜欢它们的主人。

Q POP-UP BEIJING 平时有什么活动?
A 除了每周二固定的电影日外,我们还定期举办手工课、素描课等各种活动。就在不久前, 刚刚做过一个世界白酒日的 Party。你绝对想不到,来自新西兰的高粱白酒是多么的美味 !


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