Open since 2013, Redzepi is known among Shanghai's art and filmmaker crowd as a source for props and quirky designer goods. The 1,000 sqm warehouse is unobtrusive and full of homewares from all over the world.
The location is discreet: a basement of a tired office building on Kangding Lu. It’s hard to find but once you do, and step off the elevator, it opens up in front of you, a massive, brightly lit space full of furniture and ornaments. You can’t see the end of it.
Is there anything Redzepi doesn't sell? It has larger pieces like chairs, cupboard, sofas, as well as indie magazines, jewelry, essential oil, and stationery... it even has a bar. Its style is hard to pin down as well. Is it industrial? Retro? Rustic? Minimal? It’s all of that, and shopping heaven for people who dig the antique, rugged look. Some of the goods come from local artists and brands, like Radio Woon's Lala Company and Cocplus.
The owner of Redzepi is Shanghainese, and used to make and sell artificial flowers. Gradually, the company turned into what it is today: a treasure hunt for homewares, unique to Shanghai.
On our visit, the soundtrack was soft chillwave, the staff was welcoming and friendly and the cat begged to be petted. At a place like this, it’s hard not to stay for a few hours.