April 5th, 2013 – The first week of April brought many good things. Tulip bulbs have been planted and are near ready to sprout, the weather has become a little kinder, and everyone seems to have a lofty spring in their step. That’s right, Spring is here. Over in Zurich, cyclists are buzzing this week with the opening of the Velokafi - a sort of ‘drive-in’ for bicycles. Art enthusiasts in England are raving about the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition featured at the Victoria & Albert Museum, in respects to the exhibition, bi-coastal creatives Craig & Karl have created a vibrant and powerful illustration for British Vogue. This week also marked the release of ‘In Residence: Rolf Sachs’ by our friends over at Nowness, where the renowned designer and artist showed them around his St. Moritz hideaway in a captivating video.
Velokafi Opening, Zurich
The number of bicycle riders expecting to double in Switzerland’s largest metropolitan area by 2025. Because of these staggering statistics, Zurich’s City Council has created the stadtverkehr 2025 program, which aims to improve the pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, and reduce the increasing motorized traffic flow. Part of this initiative includes the opening of the Velokafi - a sort of ‘drive-in’ for bicycles. Now cyclists can pull right up to the table, and grub down. The temporary facility has been installed by Zurich’s city council on the terrace of the Rathaus Café – a popular local riverside cafe. The velokafi consists of two specially designed wooden docking stations with a table top, and which are constructed as such that cyclists can park their bike and remain seated. Anyone who checks in gets a cup of coffee, courtesy of Rathaus Café and coffee brand Gipfelstürmer.
Kith Cafe Opening, Singapore
In collaboration with XTRA, Kith cafe opens its third outlet at Sentosa Quayside Isle in Singapore. Designed by Hijher, the new cafe combines three design elements that hold the Kith identity together; the shape, the texture and the signature. The shape of the logo comes from the interestingly irregular shape of the current shop space, reduced to scale. The texture is a representation of the classical check pattern used to symbolize the fabric of a community that come together for a common purpose. A specially created font was created for the Kith signature; simple, strong, and sans unnecessary ornaments. A strong emphasis was also placed on relaying the sincerity and openness of the cafe.
An illustration by Craig & Karl for the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition
Each month, Artists Craig & Karl contribute an illustration for British Vogue’s The Culture Edit. This month the creative duo, who are best known for their bold, cartoon-like use of color, have doodled an illustration that represents the numerous fashion styles of Legendary rocker David Bowie. The artistic piece is in respects to Bowie’s new exhibition titled ‘David Bowie Is’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum. “Our take on the Bowie exhibit is a mega-mix of various looks featured at the V&A worked into the form of one iconic outfit,” Craig & Karl explained. “The treatment of the image – which is dissected along the lines of the Union Jack – heightens the kaleidoscopic and chameleon-like effect of his many shifting personas.”
In Residence: Rolf Sachs By Nowness
Our friends over at Nowness sent over a captivating digital short about renowned designer and artist, Rolf Sachs, who gave a very insightful tour of his St. Moritz hideaway. Expect to see Rolf Sachs hurtling down a toboggan run made from natural ice and inviting the crew from Nowness into his high art-bedecked Swiss mountain retreat in the first installment of their new film series, In Residence. Directed by Matthew Donaldson, the short tells the story of the building that was originally erected for the 1928 Winter Olympics, when officials and VIPs filled stands on the roof and a band played national anthems from the balcony. Sachs rescued the structure from dereliction, restored it to its former glory and brought in a period-relevant collection of design.
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