April 26th, 2013 – This week on KNSTRCT we shared some pretty fantastic design happenings, such as Bangkok’s new Laem Charoen Seafood Restaurant, the stunning ‘Stubus’ Tree Ring Watch, and a look at the new PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore. In other news this week, the Rain Room is moving from London to New York, and will be displayed at MoMA’s PS1 – go get wet, without actually getting wet. Another noteworthy find is the opening of Opening Ceremony’s Harajuku shop, where each of the store’s four floors has a unique theme. Also, don’t miss out on what could be the new uniforms for McDonald’s employees – we’re lovin’ it!
Opening Ceremony has moved their Tokyo shop, which was established in 2009, to the booming streets of Harajuku. Each of the four floors has been conceptualized with a specific theme in mind and features custom-made fixtures, high contrast, graphic elements and a quirky blend of materials that’s emblematic of opening ceremony’s playful image and fun atmosphere. Themes include pop and minimal art influences, such as playful ben-day-inspired graphics in green, pink, aquamarine, lavender, and black applied to walls, floors and other surfaces. One floor illustrates a zoologically theme, where a bunch of painted wooden horses, ostriches and lamas are used as inventive display cases.
After an 8-month closure for renovations, The Ivanhoe Hotel has re-opened in the neighborhood of Manly in Sydney. Together, the architects from Paul Kelly Design and Interior guru Sibella Court came together to create a social hangout: part surf club, part lodge. ” A bold color combination of ‘Monarch’ orange, ‘Siren’s Song’ light blue, ‘Oceania’ dark blue and ‘Bunting’ red, dress the boutique hotel’s common areas and 16 suite. On the rooftop, you’ll find The Pines, a campground meets surfer lounge where airy lights & a bit of green plants hang in colored Canadian maple syrup buckets. Props of flippers, oars, ping pong bats, a skimboard and boats I sourced from Byron Bay, Melbourne, Sydney & further afar.
Mirae Medical Foundation Health Improvement Center, Seoul
The recently completed interior renovation of the Mirae Medical Centre in Seoul reveals an architecturally driven design that is inspired by biology. The structures that make up the stairs, walls, and low hanging ceilings are based on the ribs of an animal. ‘This we gave the name “Dinosaur’s Ribs”’, says lead architect Jang Soon Gak. The repetitive ‘ribs’ give the space movement and rhythm, while the light color pallet keeps the space balanced and in harmony.
Rain Room, the installation artwork which invited visitors to experience rain without getting wet, is moving to New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) this summer. From May 12, 2013–July 28, 2013 PS1 will allow visitors to enter a huge 1000 sq ft “rain room” without getting wet. As you enter, 3D depth cameras pick up your presence and track you across the room, turning off the water jets above you as you move.
Do you ever find yourself face-to-face with a Micky D’s worker wondering if they actually feel confident and well in their bright yellow and red work garb? With a few simple changes, those uniforms can elevate the mood of any McDonald’s employee – nobody knows that better than Designers Gustaw Lange and Aleksander Lange from Lange & Lange. The Warsaw-based duo chucked out the old uniforms and re-worked them into an authentic and functional outfit. The new concept is to have a plaid long sleeve shirt go under a hunter green ‘I’m lovin’ it’ apron with a bright yellow tie that wraps around the waist. Add some classic jeans and colored Van’s in there and McDonald’s would have a completely relevant and refreshing uniform. Unfortunately, McDondald’s will probably not be implementing this stylish new get-up, or will they?