April 14th, 2013 – A new button-clad children’s clothing shop called Nickie is adding a dash of imagination to the streets of Lishui, in China. Japanese architect Keiichiro Sako, Founder of Beijing based SAKO Architects, designed the 850 Square foot Alice in Wonderland inspired store. “In this shop we wanted to create a surprising space for the kids” Sako explained “therefore we took Alice’s adventures in wonderland as our reference and exaggerated the size of the elements in order to surprise the kids.”
To create the magical and fascinating atmosphere that Sako envisioned, the team chose to focus on buttons as the main design element. Buttons represent clothing, and to kids, learning how to button your own jacket is a sign of Independence from parents.
An assortment of different buttons, from large to small, were used in various ways throughout the creamy white space. A variety of decorative buttons are situated on the facade and house the store logo, while Sako switched out the handles for buttons on the glass entrance doors below. Inside, long wood dowels extend from the floor to the ceiling and pass through the holes of an over sized button table top – kids size. Large white bean-bag poofs provide seating for the kid shoppers around the table.
Other wood dowels add support to the matching button clothing displays. The architect was able to keep the playful space harmonious by introducing repetitive curves found in the arch of the door, the roundness of the buttons, and the frames of the wall display.
Photography By Sako Architects