Almost all rentals in Beijing are furnished, but not necessarily stylish, especially for Western tastes. There’s always IKEA’s one-stop-shop, but if you’re not careful shopping there, you’ll end up having an apartment that looks like it’s straight out of the catalog. Or a 20-year-old roommate.
The good news is that when you’re ready to bid, Swedish packers adjunct, there are many stores to meet your furnishing and decorating needs in Beijing. Here is our selection of chic stores in town that will help make your home more personal and welcoming.
For Sample, or 拂 一个 山坡 in Chinese, is a refurbished furniture store and showroom from a disused barn, located near the East Fourth Ring Road. Founded in 2016, the store has since grown into a home furnishings brand offering items in wood, glass, metal and pottery. The 220 m² space also houses a gallery and a café. They also sell on their website, forsampleshop.com.
Tue-Fri 11 am-9pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-8pm; No. 16 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang District (138 1013 4030)
16 号 院
This is C5shop
Located inside the C5 space and next to the C5 cafe, this store is in a great location for those who live near Sanlitun. It includes furniture, tableware and various other home accessories, mainly imported from Japan and Europe.
Tue-Sun 11 am-7pm; Building F, No.5, Sanlitun Xiwu Street, Chaoyang District
朝阳 区 三里屯 西 五 街 5 号 院 F 座
待 入 荷 Handmade art store
Despite its attempts to keep a low profile, this two-story white building with a simple logo quickly became a landmark in the Xinyuanli area. Decorated in white also on the inside, the shop looks more like a gallery than a store, with objects with strong wabi-sabi aesthetics in meticulous arrangements. It also regularly hosts exhibitions of works by Japanese artists.
Wed-Mon 11 am-7pm; 1 / F, Shifang Haoting, No.16 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6461 1687)
16 号 世 方 豪庭 首层
Moktsi Home 摩卡 其
Moktsi Home is a two-story store located in Dengshikou that sells a fairly comprehensive list of household items ranging from kitchenware and bedding to ornaments and furniture. The first floor is packed with all manner of cooking utensils, glasses and cups that cost about the same as IKEA equivalents, while the second floor features chic and colorful almost Indian-style furniture and adornments like ceramic vases, lamps, tea tables, chairs, linen sofa and textiles.
Every day from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 50m north to the intersection of Qianchang Hutong and Dongsi Nandajie, Dongcheng district
Agehome probably represents what a dream home would look like to a lot of people. All of the furniture around the three-story store comes from leading Swedish auction houses, so you can feast on classic Scandinavian styles. Agehome requires customers to call ahead to book a tour.
Mon-Sun 11 am-7pm, No. 216 Building Bingheyihao, Jiangtai Donglu, Chaoyang District (131 6191 0248)
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