Christie’s new saleroom and offices in Shanghai is the work of well-known Milanese firm, Vudafieri- Severino Partners, and located inside the historic Ampire building, a colonial-style building built by British architects in the early 20th century in the exclusive pedestrian area of Yaunmingyuan Road in the Bund. These premises, created in collaboration with Shanghai-based French firm DDM-Debelle de Montby, are in a light, airy space of some 1000 sq. m on two of the three floors of the Ampire building. The design is itself a contemporary reinterpretation of the original architecture. The main lobby, a library, and the office space are on the first floor, while the second is home to the showroom and saleroom. The rooms feature white walls with stucco decorations, wooden floors and elegant custom-built furniture, inspired by traditional Chinese style. The lighting was specially created by Italian brand Via Bizzuno. The imposing main stairway, a distinctive feature of the building, has been restored and repainted in red lacquer. The result of this expert architectural intervention is a series of elegant, comfortable rooms with a contemporary feel, with hints of refined Chinese remembrances.