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Eifini / SAKO Architects

  • 01:00 - 1 January, 2010
Eifini / SAKO Architects
Eifini / SAKO Architects, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, China
  • Project Architect

    Keiichiro SAKO, Ken-ichi KURIMOTO, Liang JU
  • Lighting Design

    Masahide Kakudate Lighting Architect & Associates,Inc.
  • Budget

    US $25.000
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

“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.

© Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

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
© 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.


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.

© Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

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

© Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu
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david · January 26, 2014

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

eda özyalç?n · August 12, 2011

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Bill · June 22, 2011

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

Chauncy · April 05, 2011

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! · July 04, 2010

o and a kids toy. its nice though · July 04, 2010

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

rodolfo · January 03, 2010

exelente proyecto!

mima · January 02, 2010

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

Andrew · January 02, 2010

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.

bsl · January 02, 2010

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

teo · January 02, 2010

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. · January 05, 2010 03:44 AM

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


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