st. petersburg: tanzploshchadka restaurant opening

© tanzploshchadka

although an absolute must-see, st. petersburg's imperial splendour can be quite daunting, overwhelming even, with mile after mile of ornate historic architecture and cultural treasures beckoning from every corner. so, when in need of a contemporary break, do as the cool locals do. as of late, they find refuge at tanzploshchadka, a recently opened restaurant and club right in the middle of city's historic tsentralniy district. the latest brainchild of kirill ivanov, singer of popular band сбпч, and hospitality entrepreneur aleksandr berkovskiy, it's situated in a massive landmark building where it occupies an elongated, lofty vaulted space with patio.

making full use of its location, the interior design by local practice architalis cleverly incorporates the abundance of exposed bricks, and pairs it with a quirky mix of custom-made furnishings and vintage finds. the atmosphere is full-on homey, and because there's a lack of windows, special emphasis has been put on lighting, which comes in a very compatible variation and volume. the coziness extends well into the courtyard which boasts its own bar and – yes, why not? – a basketball hoop.

additional fun props inside, include artsy billboards and lush artificial plants.very much a multi-purpose venue, tanzploshchadka comprises of a restaurant and bar, and at the far end, ample space to show off your slickest dance moves below the prerequisite glittering disco balls. the restaurant's menu lists cosmopolitan fare, featuring plenty of tasty salads, and dishes such as thin crust pizza with different topping options, succulent russian beef and tarte flambé. the food is paired with an array of fruit juice cocktails, liquors, beers and plenty of other beverages. location: konyushennaya ploshchad 2a [tsentralniy]

© tanzploshchadka

hong kong: superfuture print city guide series

hong kong: superfuture print city guide series

the superguide series

the superfuture superguide travel series was originally created in 1999 for globally minded fashion and design related professionals who needed to stay informed of the freshest establishments around the planet. starting in tokyo, it was a reaction against the typical tourist driven recommendations and formats available at that time.

originally available online only, superfuture has become synonymous with detailed city shop reviews and maps, which developed into custom itineraries and guides for both private and corporate clients. soon after this, followed a series of periodically edited downloadable PDF city guides. to date superfuture produces and maintains 10 cities worldwide. with the introduction of app technology, superfuture also created an iphone app for hong kong and tokyo. 

superfuture now presents its third iteration of the series with its first ever print edition in collaboration with hong kong based retailer and publisher kapok

back to the superfuture

superfuture founder and producer wayne berkowitz explains: “new technologies will always keep emerging  though there is still something satisfying about holding an old-skool printed map when discovering a city”... he continues: “looking at my smartphone screen is the last thing I want to do on a holiday – sure, it’s great for taking instagram pics, but trying to multitask and view maps and read lists on a tiny screen totally stresses me out”. 

“it’s pretty obvious that these days’ people have increasingly limited attention spans; zero time to read lengthy guidebooks, and zero patience for research. i feel this is exactly the sort of city guide that is suited to our hyper technological lives - one that is highly curated and simply informs users of the definitive places they need to see. no more. no less... and a clear map to help them navigate. one that they can scribble on with a pen and will still be there when their phone battery inevitably runs out”.

the supernew mini guide format

this new simplified format is an easy-to-read hand held folded list of short, sharp reviews and detailed maps. a curated best selection of current shops, food and dining, nightlife and culture. “hong kong is the perfect city for exploring on foot as you never know what you’ll discover down a little lane, up a flight of stone stairs, or inside one of the thousands of jam-packed commercial buildings”, says superguide editor kate springer. “we have tried to capture that colorful, eclectic vibe by carefully selecting a mixture of worthy openings and timeless gems — all laid out on easy-to-use maps with suggested walking paths”. the folded layout is packaged inside a protective sleeve cover. 

the future printernet

for those still hooked to their tech devices, the guide also provides an interface to connect to a downloadable version of the print guide via QR code. 


available now at KAPOK hong kong stores or online via KAPOK webshop $HK95 [$US12]

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osaka: chanel store relocation

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when it comes to retail, the golden rule still is: location, location, location. and with so many brands out there vying for a top spot, it can take a little while before the perfect opportunity arises. fashion power house chanel has had a longtime and prominent presence in osaka's upscale shopping zone of shinsaibashi, but recently relocated further down bustling midosuji dori to set up shop on the premises of department store daimaru. measuring a spacious 450 sqm. [4,844 sq.ft.] on one level, it's not just another outpost, but in fact the brand's biggest boutique in western japan.

and with such a stature comes a matching interior design, courtesy of peter marino. the new york city-based architect is no stranger to the brand, having designed dozens of chanel stores across the planet. and very similarly, the aesthetic of this store channels the signature design codes of the french luxury brand, and is also a firm nod to designer coco chanel's private apartment on rue cambon on paris. upon entering through the white marble façade entrance on midosuji dori, shoppers are immediately immersed in the world of chanel by way of a seting that showcases the full collections of ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, accessories, and fine jewellery.

additionally, there's a separate section that presents the coveted range of watches from the première, j12 and mademoiselle privé collections. referencing the private apartment feel, the store is divided into several intimate rooms, each with a different homey setting and decorations. further increasing the sense of treading on the grounds of a well-appointed luxury home are specially commissioned artworks, such as a sculpture by johan creten and an ornate mirror by duo curtis jeré. location: daimaru, south building, 1-7-1 shinsaibashi suji, ground floor [shinsaibashi].

© chanel

online: ree projects

© ree projects

it isn't exactly known as a cradle of artisanal luxury goods as are italy, france or even britain, but with the increasing appreciation of the finer things in life in recent times, things are slowly taking a different turn in the netherlands. spawning from this new mindset is ree projects, an emerging luxury brand set up by amsterdam-based designer desiree kleinen. trained as a fashion designer, kleinen has honed her skills at a number of leading brands, and this venture is the outcome of a search for a new and personal definition of luxury. the concise collection of meticulously handcrafted bags is inspired by the zen aesthetic and philosophy of japanese culture, and captured by high-quality and naturally tanned italian leather. ree projects' first collection comprises of just five models, a tote bag, a bucket bag, a shoulder bag, and both a large and small-sized clutch. each model comes in both black and camel, and is lined with leather. ree projects bags are available at select stores in the netherlands, belgium and switzerland, but if you reside elsewhere, all items can also be purchased online.

© ree projects – clutch, bucket bag and tote bag [top to bottom]

cape town: mulberry & prince restaurant opening

© mulberry & prince

a fixture on the shortlist of must-see cities of savvy travelers across the planet, cape town has quite a reputation to uphold. sure, it's the perfect launch pad for exploring south africa's scenic landscapes and abundant wildlife, but the city itself has been known to as a hub of la dolce vita. and it looks as if the local urban scene is picking up steam as an increasing number of sophisticated establishments are popping up in the fashionable pockets across town. a striking recent addition to cape town's hospitality scene is mulberry & prince, the restaurant of young entrepreneurs cornel mostert and cynthia rivera.

respectively hailing from cape town and new york city, the duo met while studying at the prestigious culinary institute of america, and following experiential stints at renowned eateries in both the u.s. and europe, they decided to join forces and try it on their own on these sunny shores. mulberry & prince, named after two streets in new york city's soho district, is situated in the buzzing central business district, and features a contemporary interior by local practice atelier interiors. the setting oozes the neighbourhood's effortless cool with distinct south african elements and colours blended in.

the palette is eclectic yet cohesive, comprising of stained glass, dirty pinks, lush velvets and a mix of custom-made and modern furniture. adding an artsy touch to the premises are abstract paintings by south african artist kurt pio, and which happen to be for sale. al fresco mingling? check. a matching courtyard is readily available for relaxation out in the open. not surprisingly, mulberry & prince's menu is equally cosmopolitan, serving a modern take on american cuisine. an array of small to mid-size dishes incite culinary delight, adventurously pairing flavours of different cuisines that mostert and rivera have come across during their many travels abroad. location: 12 pepper street [cbd]. 

© mulberry & prince

stockholm: fablab store opening

© fablab

based in stockholm, set designer and stylist johan svenson has earned his spurs in the realm of fashion and advertising, collaborating with both leading swedish and foreign publications. svenson has now expanded operations and set up shop in södermalm, an area of the swedish capital where shopping has gone to an adventurous next level by way of an increasing number of quirky new shops. the creative's own venture, named fablab, certainly adds up to the neighbourhood's growing reputation. the store occupies a compact ground floor unit of a lowrise 1930s building by architect carl åkerblad, and features an interior that's as equally austere as the façade. 

the walls are tiled up – mind you, it's a retained element from the milkshop that was previously housed here – and paired with factory tiles in a red brownish hue. furnishings are simple but befitting fablab's ambition to become the city's mini-hub of cool design and lifestyle products, featuring custom-made modular displays and glass shelving. fablab truly is a labour of love, stocking a rotating collection of items cherry-picked by svenson himself. many brands are exclusive to the store and can't be found anywhere else in the country. currently on the shelves are coveted items such as knitted blankets by eley kishimoto, hôtel costes fragrances, monkey lamps by selettiyüli cosmetics and japanese bath linen. location: bondegatan 7 [södermalm].

© fablab

dubai: play restaurant opening

© gatserelia design

a boomtown for many decades, dubai has gained its fair share of glamour, luxury, and last but not least, jaw-dropping superlatives. it's a bubbling oasis that continues to evolve with a slew of alluring lifestyle options few other cities can match. in the latter category falls play, an upscale restaurant that opened a little while ago on the premises of the h dubai, a five-star property in the heart of the city. perched on the lofty 36th and 37th floors, the dining spot obviously is a seamless extension of the hotel's aesthetic, featuring an equally plush interior by beirut-based designer gregory gatserelia.

largely defined by marble and brass, the design is contemporary with clean lines and smooth surfaces, but it also boasts an exuberant edge that's unmistakably middle eastern. the space is dotted with custom-made fixtures and furnishing, including suspended brass lanterns hanging in space, beautifully contrasting wall, ceiling and floor mosaics that mimic dubai's dynamic skyline – mind you, the design is conceptualized as such that the sweeping city views the location form an integral part of the dynamic design – and a sculptural shooter bar modeled after the profile of the human face and adorned with lamps in the shape of pointing fingers.

offering guests a full night out on the town, play is an haute lifestyle playgound, featuring a bar area, a dining section, and for the most discerning of the dining demographic, a hi-tech infused v.i.p. area with art déco-inspired fixtures and furnishings. so, what's cooking at play? mirroring dubai's unique blend of east and west, a gourmet menu concocted by celebrated chef reif othman offers a wide variety of dishes inspired by mediterranean and asian flavours, and make the restaurant a destination in its own right for discerning palates. location: the h dubai, 1 sheikh zayed road, 36th + 37th floors [al jaffiliya].

© gatserelia design

havana: work in progress

© chanel / photography: olivier saillant

no longer in the shadow of global politics, cuba is the alluring new frontier, and along with this newly acquired stature, its famously scenic capital of havana takes center stage. coinciding with the french month of culture which kicked off last weekend the city, iconic french fashion house chanel will show its 2016/2017 cruise collection here today. in tandem with this much-publicized event, that'll undoubtedly bring high-profile guests to the local scene, the brand's creative director karl lagerfeld has brought along an accompanying exhibition. entitled obra en proceso or 'work in progress' in plain english, the showcase is held at factoría habana, and presents a sizeable body of work that represent lagerfeld's main interests: fashion, architecture and landscapes. interestingly, it also includes more than 200 photographs that lagerfeld snapped himself, and explores his great diversity of subjects, approaches and techniques [on through may 12]. location: factoría habana, calle o'reilly 308 [centro].

© chanel / karl lagerfeld's works on display at the obra en proceso exhibition in havana

shanghai: triple-major store renewal

© triple-major

when keeping a finger on the pulse of fashion as a retailer, it's essential to update the shop environs from time to time. well, that's exactly what triple-major has done with its outpost in shanghai. situated in the city's taikang lu neighbourhood, the boutique has long been the go-to address for those in search of forward fashion styles from across the planet. all three floors now feature an uncluttered, gallery-like aesthetic, captured by whitewashed walls and polished concrete flooring that mimicks the façade of the building. fixtures and furnishings are sparse, consisting of a variety of sleek clothing racks, shelving and mannequins, while cherry-picked artworks and props add a homey vibe.

a chunky vintage japanese slot machine adds a whimsical note to the shopping environment. the renewed triple-major store continues to stock brands that are hard to find in the city, if not the entire country, and currently includes men's and women's apparel items, shoes and accessories by coveted names such as damir doma, walter van beirendonck, lemaire, ffixxed studios and henrik vibskov. complementing the curated range of coveted garments is a sharp selection of international art and lifestyle magazines. location: 25 shaoxing lu [taikang lu].

© triple-major