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CAN'T PIGEONHOLE IT Xiaoji Studio Wed-Mon noon-10pm. 60 Beiluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District 东城区北锣鼓巷60号 600m southwest of Andingmen station (Line 2)



could easily access a wide range of bric-a-brac all in one place. What’s especially nice is that with the exception of a few rebranded items from IKEA and local markets, the selection at Xiaoji is refreshing compared to the typical home décor offerings in Beijing. With the likes of ceramic and pearl kitchenware from Japan and the Philippines, handmade piggy banks from Germany, whimsical dream catchers and a selection of handmade dishes and accessories by shop owners and friends, there’s enough brand diversity to set the boutique apart. Once you’re past the intensity of copious amounts of concepts in one, small place, you can appreciate Xiaoji’s unique offerings, like a terrace enclosed by a garden of take-away plants, cacti and succulents, starting at RMB 10. And just in case there’s not enough already to draw you in, Xiaoji’s storefront features cute felines for sale. After all, one more addition to the store mission can’t hurt. Jessica Rapp Also try: Min, Kodo

December 2013

photo: mitchell pe masilun

eijing is no stranger to the shop-plus-cafe-plusother-stuff concept. So much so, that now, I downright expect to be able to sip a latte or eat a meal or, heck, get my bike repaired while simultaneously browsing designer clothes. Would I call myself spoiled? Maybe. Blame these ambitious entrepreneurs for their overzealousness. Can’t anyone see the merit in doing just one thing extremely well? Not Xiaoji Studio. Branded as a shop that sells home decoration, furniture, tableware and fashion accessories, Xiaoji (pigeon) also declares they can do graphic design, branding, home decorating, video production and web design. Not to mention they love “life, peace, animals and plants,” serve beer, coffee, cakes, and even Chinese food. Yikes. To be fair, part of the reasoning behind this smorgasbord most certainly derives from the fact that Xiaoji is owned and operated by a handful of multi-talented editors at one of China’s most well known interior decorating magazines, Trendshome. Using their connections at the publication, they created a space where customers

the Beijinger December 2013  
the Beijinger December 2013  

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