In Concession-era Shanghai, popular rhetoric held that the British
(with their Bund and banks) could teach you how to do business, but the French
could teach you how to live. Sitting with a glass of wine in the sunny courtyard
of Ferguson Lane, one might venture the opinion that little has changed.
"It's like Xintiandi for locals," says Coffee Tree owner Neil Greer of
the new lifestyle hub, set back off leafy Wukang Lu. First-time commercial
developers Shanghai Cornes Property Management Co Ltd brought in a trio of
international architects to transform the former office block tucked behind a
row of red-brick terrace homes. The space has been re-imagined with sheet glass
and wooden boardwalks connecting the various heritage outhouses, and neat
alfresco areas trimmed with hedges and rose bushes. The funky tenant mix
combines offices, three complementary F&B outlets, a Philippine spa (set to
open in early July) and several niche boutiques heretofore unseen in Shanghai.
Finish your wine and mosey along to the
Pistis-Impeccably chic friends Fristine Cho and Yunee Cho have
interior design and consultancy backgrounds and make regular buying trips to
Italy. Using the ¡°something I would put in my own home¡± criterion, they have
collected some beautiful pieces of premium Italian furniture and accessories for
the innovative (and rich) home buyer. The launch collection includes unique
woven baskets, an embossed leather desk and giant upright candles with diamante
bands (supposedly all the rage in Italy right now). The loft office will also be
the headquarters of their interior consultancy services.
chinoiserie and shabby chic, Bliss stocks an eclectic array of pretty ceramics,
quirky bits of d¨¦cor and jewelry, and pouches made from Asian-inspired textiles.
The silk baby booties are particularly adorable.
Shanghai-Dutch designer Jolie Van Beek addresses the need for affordable
fashions in "western sizes, design, quality and taste" with her easy-to-wear
linen separates and footwear range.
Rosa Gallica-At the entrance to the
lane, Rosa Gallica sells beautiful (and very affordable) blooms delivered fresh
from the Dutch owner's greenhouse in Kunming, along with potted herbs and other
Location: 376 Wukang Lu