The bright lights of Sanlitun
have just gotten a little
dimmer with the announced closure of homewares and furnishings boutique Pop-Up
Beijing Flea Market.
In a recent WeChat post, Pop-Up Beijing co-founder and creative
director Glenn Schuitman detailed the reasons behind the closure, writing, 'Around
two weeks ago, my business partner Vito Zhang, announced that he no longer
wishes to work in our industry, and that he wishes to close Pop-Up Beijing.' Citing
an 'aggressive' business industry and the forced relocation of their warehouses
as additional factors, Schuitman states an understanding of Zhang’s reluctance
to continue running the business, yet also concedes that without his co-founder’s 'support and equal passion, Pop-Up Beijing as we know it is not sustainable in
its current form.'
Pop-Up Beijing co-founders Vito Zhang and Glenn Schuitman.
With a closure date of December 10, Pop-Up Beijing will be
closing almost three years to the day since it first opened in Sanlitun south’s
backstreets. More than a home décor and interiors store, Pop-Up Beijing was
given its name due to the regular events 'popping up' within its space. Over the course
of the past three years, Pop-Up Beijing has frequently shared its space with
the local art community, regularly transforming itself for weekly events such
as classic film screenings, life-drawing classes, Throwback Thursdays
(dedicated to creating a safe space for the LGBT community to socialise in),
Sunday night supper clubs, plus treasure-filled monthly flea markets.
Sunday Supper Club.
Until they officially close, Pop-Up Beijing’s events schedule will continue as normal (to see a full list of upcoming events,
check out Schuitman’s WeChat announcement
). On Sunday 10 December, join the the good folks from Pop-Up Beijing for an all-day happy hour as they bid a final fond farewell to the beloved boutique.
Kiwi Drinks Night.
Time will tell if Pop-Up Beijing emerges in another form.
Until then, Beijing’s creative community already feels a little less technicolour.