While many of us never venture beyond the discomforts of Ikea, Beijing is loaded with options that provide over-the-top decor at tuhao prices. Thankfully, Pop-Up Beijing is much more to the taste of the well-off expatriate community.

The store provides a unique bilingual service, helping people candy coat their nest in the most thorough fashion. The store is loaded with chic goods that range from refurbished antiques to expertly crafted items. Their collection of restored Belgian chandeliers is remarkable (RMB 8,765-11,550), their warm glow much more comforting than most headache-inducing fluorescent abominations. We were especially enamored by a beautiful antique hand-cranked coffee grinder (RMB 2,245), because sometimes the old ways are still the best ways.

As well as being collectors of top notch decor, the proprietors of Pop-Up Beijing can also help to refurbish your antique market finds. While their services aren’t cheap, they are all performed on site and you can expect the best restoration or the tweaking of your found treasures so as to better fit your home’s design.

They will also open a small concept bar for drinking in the atmosphere they’ve created. Grab a glass of wine and peruse their inventory of relics or imagine just how therapeutic it would be to smash everything to bits. Actually, don’t do that.

Pop-Up Beijing
Daily 11am-9pm. Office 22, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (6502 5725)

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