Eifini / SAKO Architects

© Misae Hiromatsu

Architects: SAKO Architects / Keiichiro SAKO, Ken-ichi KURIMOTO, Liang JU
Location: Chengdu,
Lighting Design: Masahide Kakudate Lighting Architect & Associates,Inc.
Building area: 160 sqm
Budget: US $25,000
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

“Eifini” is the name of boutique which sells women clothes and they runs about 180 shops in all China. This time we designed its branch shop in Chengdu.

First, in order to spotlight the clothes, we painted all the floor, wall, and ceiling in white, and let any other elements to lose their existence. Equipments, like the counter, are made of the same tiles with floor. It designed very simple, so as if a part of the floor rose up and directly became the counter. Then, lastly, we put a whole 250 meter-long hunger pipe into this space.

© Misae Hiromatsu

The pipe goes around the shop freely, and make out a gently separated, but also successive space. The clothes hung in the pipe color the different spots in the shop, and softly flutter in the air. And also, the pipe is held by clear acrylic pole from all directions, and this makes the pipe free from gravity and float in this space.

© Misae Hiromatsu

In addition to displaying the clothes, our pipe has a lot of useful functions. For example, in the entrance, the pipe runs from side to side roundly and it makes out the entrance gate, and if you hang curtains instead of clothes, it will make out the fitting room.


The pipe changes itself one after another, and it seems to be the trace of the conductor’s baton in an orchestra. The pipe emphasizes the presence of clothes, but at the same time, it insists the existence of itself, drawing a smooth trace. The concert goes on, while the clothes and the pipe take turns at playing the lead. Visit this place, just feel the melody of our orchestra.

We would like any woman to enjoy the melody changes in every all seasons.

Cite: "Eifini / SAKO Architects" 01 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=45162>
  • teo

    I do like the project. In my opinion the pipe stands out too much, and I think it could be fixed by changing the color scheme. They should also never hang clothes above eye level – it is too eerie, and the lightning makes it look worse.

    • Jorge A. Vásquez N.

      i agree with you maybe the color could have been different like blue maybe …and the pipes could have a change on the configuration….well any way it is still a nice idea… and it reminds me a lot of that old winows screensaver

  • bsl

    It would have been better, It should have been more complicated

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  • http://blog.buildllc.com/ Andrew

    The interior design for clothing shops changes so frequently that the construction waste is becoming an issue. This project is smart in that it’s so minimal. When it comes time for a new interior not only is the waste minimal but the piping can probably be re-used.

  • mima

    I love it!!! Not sure about magenta, though…

  • rodolfo

    exelente proyecto!

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  • http://josephiklein.com josephiklein.com

    i forget what artist this is but its a direct copy from the contemporary art world. and there you have it.

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    o and a kids toy. its nice though

  • Chauncy

    Awesome, flexible and simple, of course. But $25,000 US? Are all these SAKO projects budgeted so small because they’re in China? I know first hand that it would cost $25K alone just to get that steel bent and powder coated in Canada. Jeez if I could tell a client that 25K could make a space look like this, half of Vancouver would look like this!

  • Bill

    Another awkward Chinese ripoff of Giorgio Borruso from Sako, this time of the Snaidero showroom in Florida.

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  • david

    well the design is good but which material that pipe is made of it is ao flexible