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April 10th, 2013 – Scotch & Soda have been cranking out classic staple pieces since the 80′s, fast forward twenty years, and the Amsterdam based fashion house is keeping the hits relevant. The spring / summer 2013 collection is military-inspired with a fresh twist, dominated by indigo toned items that are bleached down and over-dyed in colorful summer shades. Amongst the desaturated undertones of the garments are pops of minty green, whites, and neon colors to keep the pieces light – think casually stylish guy ventures to the equator, with no iron.
All-over printed linen shirt $140.00
Ethnic Rock chino shorts $140.00
Sailor sweater with 3/4 sleeves $107.00
Photography Courtesy of Scotch & Soda
April 1st, 2013 – When Crumpler’s Creative Director, Sam Davy set out to shape the bag company’s 12th Australian store, he was bound and determined to build an interactive space and unique consumer experience that reflects both the local environment and creative path of the brand’s original design ethos. Crumpler partnered up with local creative and award-winning architect Ryan Russell, of Russell & George, to cultivate this vision for their new retail space in Prahran, on the south side of Melbourne.
The design of the store is based on the abstraction of a pixel. A space that merges lighting and different media to create a fractured urban landscape of light and moving images. Russell and Davy worked closely to design a dynamic space that frames and illuminates the products.
A three dimensional grid of light was introduced to showcase Crumpler’s vibrant bags and provide an energetic backdrop for a landscape of moving images, piles of grey rock, and grey concrete.
Davy explained that the “raw, contemporary textures and use of light and film projection within the store not only showcases the products but the design has enabled a regeneration of this iconic site on the corner of Chapel Street and High Street.”
Beyond the lightsaber grid, monochromatic finishes, and grey rocks piled along the floors – Russell made sure that Crumpler’s colorfully crafted goods would rightfully remain the center of attention.
Photography By Dianna Snape
March 6th, 2013 – When it comes to online indie shoe shops, Solestruck is the spot to find something unique for your feet. The quirky company was looking explore the outernets when they decided to set up shop in their first brick and mortar store. On their search for a design team, it seemed fitting that they bring one of Portland’s most creative and respected design firms, Skylab Architecture, to outfit the new space. Jeff Kovel, principal architect at Skylab, and his team transformed a rustic space, in the upcoming West End neighborhood of Portland, into a glamorous shop.
Something worth noting, the store is actually located in an adaptive reuse building called Blackbox, here Solestruck is one of six micro-retail storefronts. The idea of micro-retail storefronts is becoming more prevalent as eco-minded designers, architects, and entrepreneurs, are developing new solutions to use existing spaces. Take a peek at Boxpark in London to see another example of micro-retail spots.
The shop is defined by swaths of light displaying a curated runway of interesting shoes. To allow the exhibit of shoes to visually ‘pop’, the architects created a mostly dark space with black concrete floors, dark textured walls and brake-form metal shelves that fade away. The existing columnar structure was transformed into the central cabinet that features notched seating as well space for storage and display.
The back of house makes use of materials like cork and exposed brick, creating a warm and expressive contrast to the dramatic display zone. Drawing on a wine cellar concept, the backstock is exposed as a collection, made visible to the public through a floor to ceiling glass wall. The backstock shelving and hanging bars are removable to adjust to merchandising requirements for Solestruck’s clothing company collaborations.
For Solestruck, versatility of the space was necessary, because of this demand, the architects made it easy for the shoe store to convert into a functional event space.
January 29th 2013 – London’s Regent Street is a highly decorated shopping drag in London’s West End. The street, which is lined with ornate Beaux Arts styled buildings, is the new home to Penhaligon’s eccentric new shop designed by Christopher Jenner. It’s been over 140 years since the doors of Penhaligon’s first emporium opened on London’s Jermyn Street, and now, the perfume connoisseurs are hoping to broaden the world of scent making with their highly detailed Edwardian inspired shop.
Jenner was brought up in South Africa, but traveled extensively throughout his life. His globetrotting cultivated a commitment to artisanal skill, which is evident in the immense detail of his work. In 2010 the designer set up shop in London and “In a short time we’ve built a reputation on our ability to tell a brand story through the design of spaces,” Jenner explained. “With the success of our other projects the chance to work with Penhaligon’s was a natural fit.” Jenner began his partnership with Penhaligon’s when he designed their flagship store in Asia, which resulted in the company bringing Jenner and his team back to design their shop on Regent Street.
The shop is filled with giant padded walls, punctured by chamfered light boxes, that draw the eye into a kaleidoscope of heritage; ceiling roses inspired by Westminster Cathedral introduce a Tudor fretwork ceiling from which glossy Brighton Pavilion Onion Dome chandeliers are suspended. Styled as a symbiosis of the classic and contemporary, the design investigates a thoroughly current fusion of classic Edwardian splendor and cutting-edge Japanese Manga.
Extensive marquetry paneling and handmade furniture in white Oak, gloss and laser-cut solid brass, surround a candy-stick maze table with bow stools, all of which sit upon a cement tile floor. A collection of pattern, form and texture in a synthesis of traditional English handcraft and high-tech manufacturing consume the shop.
Jenner described the most challenging part of creating his latest gem was ensuring a consistent quality and finish across the many variable elements. He explained that “due to the handmade nature of our work this is both a time and relationship intensive task. Monitoring this process from start to finish is a large part of the benefit we bring to the final product.”
With such an elaborate space, we couldn’t help but ask Jenner what his favorite detail in the design is, to which he replied, I love the way we’ve used a consistent pattern in so many materials to create a magical layered effect that communicates the qualities of the brand alongside the qualities of craftsmanship – a true manifestation of luxury.
(Photography by Michael Franke)
January 25th, 2013 – Say goodbye to run-down lint filled laundry mats, and say hello to Wasbar Ghent, a launderette/meeting place where people can enjoy a drink with friends or get a new hairdo in one of the two hairdresser’s chairs, all while waiting for the wash to be done. Only one question, how did human kind make it to the moon, before we constructed an all-in-one concept laundry mat? Chew on that one.
The social club of a laundry shop occupies a former bookshop. The designers at Antwerp-based studio Pinkeye, gave the worn-out parquet floor a fresh coat of lacquer, while the ceiling with its decorative mouldings was left intact. The technical aspect presented the biggest challenge. ‘A launderette primarily requires plenty of brain-work and preparatory work: you need extra power to keep everything running and we wanted to hide the pipes and wiring from view,’ Pinkeye’s creative director Ruud Belmans explains. The pipes and wiring are ensconced in the cellar, leaving just the rows of sleek machines in the space above. ‘There’s nothing about a washing machine which says it has to stand in an unpleasant space.’
The main patrons of Wasbar are students, as it is located in a bustling collegiate city. Pinkeye and Wasbar’s owners took these users into mind while creating the space, ‘What does the student want?’ wondered the young, ambitious proprietors, Dries Henau and Yuri Vandenbogaerde. To spend their time more usefully, I mean more enjoyably, than sitting in a cheerless, bare space with garish strip-lighting in the midst of a ‘soundcloud’ din of whirring machines.
With that in mind, Wasbar is designed to be quite the opposite: cozy and convivial. The washing theme plays the lead role in the elongated interior. The 18 washing machines are situated on a long wall and bear the names of ‘grand old ladies’. While the tumble dryers take the names of grandpas.
Besides employing this kind of upcycling, Pinkeye conceived a palette of toned-down salmon pink, pistachio, cornflower and royal blue, as well as a graphic identity in the form of a two-fold logo: a clothes-peg crossed with a bottle-opener. The lampshades were created from coat-hangers and colorful clotheslines playfully break up the space.
Second-hand chairs were given a lick of green or blue paint. Fashion designers Black Balloon created dapper laundry bags so that you don’t have to trawl through the city with a transparent plastic bag full of personal wares.
Pinkeye showcases menus and signage are fitted into vintage dresser drawers, then turned some of the drawers up right to function as a wall shelf, where cool retro home accessories are situated.
Wasbar taps into the social trend of people wanting to commune again, to meet face-to-face instead of whiling away an hour with ‘wassups?’ on an iPhone. Patrons can even practice their riffs on the Wasbar piano.
(Photography: Arne Jennard)
September 24th 2012 – Their brand is completely defined. Tiny labeled cosmetic bottles meticulously lined in rows mixed with an unpolished material – usually a light wood, twine netting, or cardboard. Yep, we’re talking about Aesop, who just opened their third Manhattan store in the West Village. The sculptural wooden shop is the brain child of the Melbourne based architects over at March Studio. March is well versed in the Aesop identity, as this the third store the creatives have designed for the cosmetic company.
The space is quite small, so March wanted to create a way to make the store feel and appear more spacious. The team took bleached wood and created a “rib-cage” like interior where wood slats repeat themselves to add visual depth to the store. No need to add color to the design, at Aesop, the products become design elements as they saturate the space!
(Photography: March Studio)
July 20th, 2012 – We don’t put it past Carey Melnichuk, creative director of Secret Location, to outfit their new concept store with a traditional 17th century white paneled wall which melts back to reveal an angular contemporary book shelf! Now stop right there! We know what your’re thinking – the location of the new store was not actually a secret (might have been clever, but borderline gimmicky). This new shop is no secret to the streets of Vancouver, where it is getting an awful lot of attention for a little place! That attention is coming from the sophisticated and twisted interiors designed by Melnichuk, in collaboration with the architects at B+H.
Secret Location is known for selling off-the-shelf design oriented products, and it is the first of it’s kind in the historic Gastown. Melnichuk and B+H created a visually playful space which is 1/2 shop, 1/2 restaurant. Guests can travel from the dining room, through a cool minty green tunnel which leads into the narrow and long 10,000 sq.ft. shop lined with concrete columns and creative display shelving and custom designed tables for clothes, books, cameras, and a collection of worldy accessories!
(Photography Courtesy of: Secret Location)
(Photography: Geoff Tsui)
Savvy Studios has whipped up the sweetest little candy shop, set to fulfill all your sugar filled desires! Cioccolato is a pastry boutique specializing in custom deserts. The team at Savvy was called in because the once little pastry company is evolving into a full scale bakery – therefore, the branding, identity, and interiors, needed to get on the same page. Savvy created a minimalistic version of Candy Land in the space by dressing the walls in high gloss white above a reflective sea foam green floor. Vibrantly colored photographs fill up their white frames and are strategically scattered onto the walls, while one large central table reveals the freshest of treats. As a cool design feature, Savvy added a dripping effect to a few elements, such as the dripping “chocolate” on the retail counter and picture frames which have a similar effect. Are we making you hungry yet?
(Photography: Savvy Studios)
‘Fashion is play’, is the light hearted mantra for Spicy Color, a trendy fashion store in Korea which offers bright colored garments to Seoul’s tweens. Local design team m4 wanted to create a space to reflect their clients slogan. The designers took a white space and added a grid of bright blue steel wall columns and connecting ceiling beams. The floor is filled with an over sized colorful pattern with custom built white display units scattered on top. Our favorite part of the space comes into effect in the ceiling lighting, where a bunch of oddly angular white lights hang, each fixture with a different geometry!
(Photography: Lee Pyo-Joon)
Nike is a company that’s always trying to stay ahead of the curve, the Oregon based sportswear gurus have set up the first Nike+ Fuelstation in East London’s Boxpark. The store is Nike’s vision of what the future of retail design will look like. The internal creatives at Nike in The Netherlands dreamed up the concept store which is attempting to offer an innovative balance of interactive digital elements along with human interaction.
Nike created Nike+ to be a global hub for athletes to come together and digitally measure their athletic success, be motivated by fellow athletes, and stay updated on the latest and greatest in athletic technology. Nike+ gives users all the tools they need to go out there, and make the most of their activities! These tools are the very essence that the Nike+ Fuelstation is built on.
The design of the smart store combines a clever mix of familiar materials such as wood and metal, with more unexpected elements like wall to ceiling to floor motion sensing LED screens. As visitors walk past the screens, the colors of the graphics change from red to green. A cool substitution for traditional mannequins, are the “motion-sensitive smart mirrors that reveal film footage of local runners wearing products from the store.” But Nike doesn’t stop there, visitors can even create life sized digital imagery of themselves which can easily be shared with the world by social media outlets with a quick press of button!
The new Kurt Geiger store designed by Found Associates definitely has a sexy, boudoir vibe to it. You’d almost expect to see a leather riding crop or some furry handcuffs adorning the lux red walls. Instead, at 198 Regent Street in London’s West End, you’ll find a dramatic red, carpeted “ramp” outfitted in kicks, “visually linking to the red glass walls at the rear of the store.” Shoes multiply in record numbers, showcased on mirrored tables and cantilevered glass pedestals, behind back lit Kurt Geiger artwork. One thing’s for sure, sneakers have never looked so undeniably sexxxy.
(Photography: Found Associates)
Japanese based designer Noriyuki Otsuka recently completed the design of a all white shop with a mesh portal in the upcoming neighborhood of Umeda in Osaka, Japan. The design of LE CIEL BLEU is based on his design philosophy “Nothing is everything,” then Otsuka brought the design to life with his other philosophy “Mixtures of transparency.”
With these two concepts in mind, Otsuka and his team built a 2992 sq.ft. space using an array of white and cream hues with a large architectural element with in the space. We caught up with the architect who explained that the “interior space was a cylinder made with a structurally self-supporting mesh.” He noted that “because of the size of the feature I wanted to avoid integrating it too much with the surrounding space, so deliberately aligned it off center from the axis of the building.” By using this layout, the architectural portal became a strong design feature in the shop.
The floor was hand painted with original gold paint, while the walls and ceiling were finished in an acrylic emulsion paint.
The clients wanted to introduce the work of the late musical composer, Toru Takemitsu, to complement the design of the shop with sound. The architect listened closely to Takemitsus music. Otsuka understood that Takemitsus wanted to express music with colors, in the same way that he wanted to express a white space using brilliant colors. “That is to say, I wanted to use the density of the design to fill the space in the same way as music notes fill a space.” He went on to explain that “this density is not expressed through an elaborate or gimmicky design; rather it is expressed as a fine balance of musical notes.”
A visually stimulating display wall was created with custom shelves made out of mirror and transparent acrylic. The wall is back lit with white lighting and has the name of the store in neon lighting shining above it.
Otsuka said it was great to have clients that had a “very good understanding of design,” and it was their understanding of design that made it “possible to design a space to such a high degree of perfection.”
(Photographer: Hiroyuki Hirai)
G-Star sure made a statement when they set up shop at Berlin’s Bread & Butter annual tradeshow. The concrete-like structure was constructed by the Dutch building team Fiction Factory and the Dutch production creatives at Sightline, who took inspiration from G-star’s ‘Raw’ denim collection to create their booth. The indoor/outdoor exhibition was built using raw materials such as unfinished wood and concrete, then complemented with glossy yellow accent pieces and shiny metal flooring. The team introduced circular cut-out’s in the ceiling to add white lighting, transformed motorcycle handlebars into cool hangers for the jeans, and added a cool white rhino behind glass. The indoor areas acted as a museum like display for G-Star’s urban collection, while the design of the outdoor aided in drawing people in for a relaxed social setting while interacting with G-star products in multiple types of clever displays.
This year, Apple is making sure you are having no tech problems during your holiday travels! The tech company has put one of their stores smack-dab in the center of Grand Central Station! (well, actually it’s a little to the side, North-East side to be exact). As of last week, the store opened up on the mezzanine of the famed station, open air to the historical painted ceiling and bustling holiday foot traffic. Smart location for an Apple store considering how many people zoom through the station on a regular basis, giving travelers a perfect opportunity for last minute gift shopping!
Moda Bagno and Interni’s store in Athens, Greece looks similar to stacked building blocks. K-Studio created the mesh, metal façade juxtaposed with a cedar framework of wood paneling. The stark white interior is awash in simple elements and an eclectic mix of furniture and textures. Rectangular windows allow for views into and out of the store that showcases designer products. “As cars drive by the exaggerated perspective frames attract and intrigue. Their accentuated perspective allowing for views from a wider range of angles, offering passerby more time to look inside.”
(Photography: Yiorgos Kordakis)
They might be the new kids on the block, but they sure know what they’re doing! In just one short year of being open, London based architecture and design firm Supernova Studio already has a quite impressive and exciting portfolio, and the new 155 Boutique is just one example.
The boutique was designed by taking inspiration from port locations because the merchandise of the store is items from all over the globe. The team at Supernova explained that the “bold graphics used throughout the shop, refer in their color and form to the lines and markings seen on the dockside, and the finish of the walls create the impression of the shop being formed inside a shipping container.” The space is small, and very tight inbetween other shops, the saturated color choice and edgy approach to the design help the shop stand out and get noticed!
(Photographs: Supernova Studio)
Hong Kong’s Causway Bay is the new home to one of the country’s most contemporary and avant-garde fashion shops. Shine, designed by architect Nelson Chow, has a bold, contrasting black and white pallet, interesting lighting features, and unique merchandise display units. The shop was inspired by the shape of a star, which was translated into the space by covering the ceiling with a high gloss white and coating the surrounding walls with all black. Chow created a collection of interesting architectural highlights for the store consisting of a tall asymmetrical room with a pivoted, angled ceiling, a suspended staircase which is vibrantly lit from underneath, and a series of white cables at the ceiling of the main space, reaching from wall to wall. The space is designed to be the perfect juxtaposition of bold and edgy, which is reflective of the fashion retailer.
An optics store in the neighborhood of Neo Psyhiko in Athens is a sight for sore eyes, literally. The optics shop’s space is long and narrow but architect Simos Vamvakidis worked wonders. The interior is a dynamic mix of angles and intersecting lines, all featuring the eyewear beautifully at the focal point. Children’s eyewear are featured in free-standing displays while products for older clients are displayed in a rectangular volume that incorporates storage space in its lower half. “The resulting architectural gesture could be characterized as a simple metaphor – an experiment of space – that’s founded on the coexistence between these two elements: the soaring and the grounded,” Vamvakidis says. We have to say, we see eye to eye with him.
Without a doubt, the most poignant aspect of the Beautiful People Shop by creative team Wonderwall, is the blanket of 10,000 intricately crafted white blooms. Nine different floral species veil the wall in a mysterious and yet sterile aura. “It emits a tranquil force and strange sense of balance, while projecting both beauty and an opposing feeling of sorrow and sadness at the same time.” The store sits in Aoyama, Tokyo, and reflects the clean and minimalistic brand image of the popular fashion label. While initially the space is stark and seemingly bare, a closer inspection will reveal delicate insects painted white lying hidden within the petals of artificial flowers.
Joy of Cupcakes is quite the confection. The delectably sweet cupcake shop by Mim Design definitely lives up to its name. The interior is iced in an array of soft colors that breathe life into the handmade tiles and natural timber stools. Custom pieces were crafted to enforce the product like the pendant light fixtures that look like upside down cupcake wrappers (our fave!), custom stools, and the bench top that’s dressed to impress in an adorable “doily table cloth.” And did we mention that they use all natural ingredients in their products? You could say it’s the “icing on the (cup)cake!”
(Photographs Provided By Mim Design)
French based architecture firm FREAKS Freearchitects has unveiled their latest project, Helicosm, a Parisian cosmetic store. The shop is located in a railroad style space stretching a mere 70′ feet from front to back. Freaks used the slim and deep space to their advantage by creating a design which complemented those perimeters. At the entrance, the space is covered with a light mint hue which covers every surface of the space, including the custom designed retail counter. Near the middle of the shop, a birch wood tunnel is introduced which draws guests to the rear of the store. The wood tunnel wraps the floor, ceilings, and walls, and incorporates shelving and storage units within the feature. The back of the store repeats the front with the mint color, and a whimsical, refreshing aesthetic!
(photos : david foessel)
It’s time for the ultimate jam session. We’re talking about the collaboration between the Bakery Depot and FARM that created the 900sq ft space housing a delectable array of preserves. This Jam-tastic joint plays off of the words ‘jam’ and ‘gem,’ featuring angular, multi-faceted chairs, counters, and branding collateral. Precisely cut angles give a nod to the cutting of precious stones, bringing a sense of something treasured and coveted. Jams’ floor plan is unusually shaped and seems to undulate with biomorphic, curvilinear lines. It’s the perfect place to grab a sweet treat and cozy up next to the window to watch the stream of traffic buzzing on the busy Orchard road below.
(Photography Credits: FARM)
In sports world, ‘doing stairs,’ is generally a treacherous endeavor that leaves one with burning calf muscles and an overabundance of lactic acid (Cough, cough… wheeze). The Puma House, in Tokyo, is looking at stairs from a whole new angle. Located in the city’s Aoyama design district, the Puma House encompasses the brand’s press room and event zone, all in one dynamic space, allowing for exhibitions, events, fittings, product launches and other media events.
Cool, grey cement is outfitted in warm wood stairs that encircle columns and serve as a repetition of pedestals, showcasing the new sneaker line. The team at Tokyo-based, Nendo, who curated the space explains, “For our design, we placed ‘staircases’ that climb around the existing features of the space like vines. The resulting effect is a strong reminder that we exercise our bodies daily, going up and down stairs, and has a visual connection with stadium stairs and podiums, to bring in PUMA’s important relationship with sports.” Talk about stepping up their game.
(Images Provided By Nendo)