it's been a little over six years since comme des garçons first landed in the netherlands, setting up one of their groundbreaking guerilla stores at an obscure industrial zone in the hague. while the utilitarian building which the temporary shop occupied was spot on, the city of choice was somewhat puzzling. but now the brand has made a comeback - one that pairs longevity with a more fitting location - with the opening of a comme des garçons pocket store in amsterdam's canal district. the shop occupies a compact space of approx 25 sqm. [269 sq.ft.] and feautures an austere white-washed interior, furnished with a single shelving system in the same hue. a faded wooden floor adds character to the place. the offerings of the new comme des garçons pocket store include men's and women's fragrances, scented candles, wallets, ipad covers, sneakers, t-shirts and a selection of men's shirts. location: prinsenstraat 26 [centrum].
with a history dating back more than 5,000 years, beirut has always been a crossroads of many cultures, and this rich legacy is still very much reflected in many aspects of urban life today. the lebanese capital ranks as one of the liveliest and most sophisticated in the region, and these past few years it has seen quite a few interesting new shops and hospitality establishments that cater to the discerning palate of its fun-loving inhabitants. a bright new star has arrived in beirut's culinary scene by way of paris, and it's called liza. restaurateur couple liza soughayar and ziad asseily made quite a name for themselves with an eponymous restaurant in the french capital, serving lebanese dishes with contemporary twist. in collab with a local partner the duo have returned to the cradle of their beloved cuisine and opened a dining spot at boustros palace, the former residence of one of lebanon's prominent old families. it's a lavish mansion, built in the 19th century in florentine-ottoman style, and is ornately decorated throughout.
interior designer maria ousseimi has paired the historic splendour with a subtle mix of modern furnishings, walls clad in stunning wallpaper designs - there are luscious banana leaves, old lebanese banknotes and even skyscrapers - and carefully picked traditional handicrafts, forming a dazzling, exotic backdrop for liza's refined cuisine. the food at liza is based on classic lebanese recipes and the innovation lies in the 'rearrangement' and use of only local ingredients that make each dish lighter and more authentic. the lunch menu lists a variety of simple yet tasty bites from the region, including all-time faves like hummus and tabbouleh. but the true culinary magic is reserved for dinner time when the lights go dim and lounge music fills the lofty space. there's an alluring range of exotic concoctions, such as grilled mutton with five spices, sfouf cake with saffron and stuffed pumpkin with pistachio cream, all served with mezze of course. a selection of fine lebanese wines is available, but if you'd rather sip a cocktail, you're more than welcome to order one. location: 35 rue trabaud [achrafieh].
new york city's superpier, a multi-faceted culture and creative hub in the making, currently hosts the second installation of the boffo building fashion series. presented is a fashion and architecture retail installation by luxury eyewear brand linda farrow and design practice neiheiser & valle. a shipping container and surrounding warehouse space at the superpier has been radically transformed into an expansive landscape of stone and light, providing the backdrop for more than just linda farrow’s collection of luxurious eyewear, but an experience that transforms the brand for its fanbase in the big apple. the only objects present are the linda farrow glasses, suspended against an undulating environment of piles of stone, gold displays, ethereal mirrors, polished marble, and crisp light. parallel walls of mirrored reflection multiply the space in both directions.
on display is a selection of eyewear from the linda farrow collection, as well as its celebrated international designer collabs. also presented for the first time are the s/s 2014 collaboration collections of the brand with suno and 3.1 phillip lim, as well as continuing collaborations with designers like dries van noten, jeremy scott and the row. but that's still not all, folks. in celebration of the 10th anniversary of linda farrow's relaunch, a special capsule collection is also put on display and for fans to snap up [credit card only]. this is a luxurious selection of collab projects created with leading designers, including shoes by nicholas kirkwood, lingerie by agent provocateur, mawi jewellery and the first linda farrow handbag [open through dec 24]. location: superpier, 25 11th avenue [chelsea].
aesop has added yet another store to its extensive retail network in hong kong. situated at festival walk, a popular mall in the upscale kowloon tong area, the store occupies a unit on the ground floor and features an interior design by architecture practice nadaaa from boston. behind a glass façade, the sleek design beckons with a natural palette and a subtle disregard of the linear. there's no hard edge to be found as walls are curved and clad in camel felt. the timber shelving features compatible radius edges and are discreetly anchored into the walls. a countertop and product testing sink of blackened steel provide industrial accents, the whole resting on a utilitarian concrete floor. the new aesop store carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: festival walk, 80 tat chee avenue, shop g-33 [kowloon tong].
the pop art design exhibition that's currently on at the barbican art gallery is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the exciting exchange of ideas between artists and designers in the pop age. pop artists commented on the cult of celebrity, commodity fetishism and the proliferation of media that permeated everyday life in the u.s. and the u.k. after world war II. radically departing from all that had gone before, artists delighted in adopting the design language of advertising, television and commerce to create work that was playful but often also intentionally irreverent and provocative. in turn, designers routinely looked to pop art as a constant source of inspiration. the exhibition paints a new picture of the art movement, one that recognises the central role played by design. on display are more than 200 works by over 70 artists and designers are presented, including both iconic and lesser known works by such artists as roy lichtenstein, peter blake, claes oldenburg, andy warhol and ettore sotsass. the exhibition also features graphic material from posters and magazines to album sleeves, as well as film, photography and documentation of pop interiors and architecture [on through feb 9]. location: barbican centre, silk street [city].
hailing from the alsace region in france, heschung was founded in 1934 as a modest family business. it actually still is, making men's and women's shoes that pair artisanal quality with a timeless elegance that's so sought-after these days. the shoes are manufactured by skilled craftsmen at the brand's factory in steinbourg and a newer unit in hungary, using top quality materials. heschung already operates a network of stores across france but still sees room for further growth given the recent launch of a third store in paris. situated in leafy neighbourhood of st.-germain, in the same street where it had set up its first store in the french capital years ago, heschung occupies a 250 sqm. [2,691 sq.ft.] space, spread over two levels and decorated in a clean simple style. accommodating both a shop and a showroom, a section of the store also features a workshop which allows shoppers to view first hand how craftsmen make the shoes. the new heschung store carries the brand's full range of men's and women's shoes. location: 18 rue du vieux colombier [st.-germain].
carwan gallery was founded in beirut in 2010 by architects pascale wakim and nicolas lecompte and started out as a pop-up art and design venture, the first of its kind in the region. for three years the duo staged pop-up shows at various locations abroad, aiming to foster a relationship between designers and craftsmen through commissions. this has resulted in more than 15 international creatives finding new artistic inspiration in middle eastern crafts to reinvent traditional techniques and create unique contemporary objects. but carwan gallery has now left the nomadic trail to settle permanently at gefinor center, a landmark complex by architect victor gruen in the heart of the lebanese capital. the gallery occupies a spacious ground floor unit with a raw utlilitarian edge, wrapped around in huge floor-to-ceiling windows that allow in floods of daylight.
the objective is to continue to create exhibitions related to cutting edge design and unique contemporary objects at carwan gallery's new space and elsewhere, in addition to providing creative and design-related consultancy services and assistance to collectors, architects, and interior designers. celebrating the new venue's kick-off is a cool presentation of curated design objects by many of the international artists and designers that it represents, including nada debs, philippe malouin, india mahdavi, bernard khoury and lindsey adelman. the opening of carwan gallery's new venue at gefinor center was festively celebrated with an intriguing food design installation by charbel el hachem and carlo massoud. special guest india mahdavi especially flew in to present the landscape series which she exclusively designed for the gallery, and to sign her new book entitled home chic. location: gefinor center, rue clémenceau, block e, ground floor [hamra].
no eccentricity is as stylish as british eccentricity, and jimmy choo captures this brilliantly with its new and mischievously festive men's cruise 2014 collection. the new range of models focuses on formal styles for holiday dressing with fun details such as holographic prints in a rainbow of metallic hues, inspired by the kaleidoscope of intergalactic colours seen on a night of celebration. shown here are three styles from the collection we think are the most fun to wear the coming holiday season. the jimmy choo men's cruise 2014 collection is available at the cobbler's dedicated men's flagship stores in london, hong kong and tokyo, in addition the jimmy choo boutiques in amsterdam and st. moritz. but if you reside elsewhere, these seasonal trophies can also be purchased online.
ghurka is an artisanal bag and accessories brand based in new york city. taking its name from the heroic brigade of ghurka soldiers in the colonial british indian army, the brand's aesthetic is very much inspired by their officers' campaign gear and bears a distinct classic signature. after opening two stores in homebase new york, ghurka shifts its focus to the u.s. west coast to open a flagship store in san francisco, a familiar town for the heritage brand as founder marley hodgson successfully operated a boutique there back in the 1980s and 1990s. the new store has in fact opened on the very same street and features an interior that's as timeless as ghurka itself.
measuring 1,000 sq.ft. [93 sqm.], the design highlights of the new boutique include original art nouveau vintage bakery casework that dates back to the turn of the century, sourced by ghurka c.e.o. john reuter himself. a hand-painted, large-scale strategic military map mural adorns the back wall and a selection of cherry-picked props complete the theme. the store's official opening is on tue - dec 10 with a private event that benefits the san francisco zoological society, an ideal partner as ghurka is all about travel, adventure, and exploring the planet...in great style, that is. the new ghurka flagship store carries the brand's full range of business and casual leather goods, as well accessories including wallets, pouches, and gifts. location: 245 post street [union square].