melbourne: melbourne arts club opening

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the predictable face of suburbia is changing, at least in melbourne's preston neighbourhood. situated a few kilometers north of the cbd grid, the area hasn't exactly been void of things to see and do, but it lacked something substantial that would lure the inner city crowd to its doorstep. well, that was yesterday. j forsyth and julia howland are two avid art aficionados with a keen eye for subcultural excellence and ditto fun of just about any kind. the doors of their newly opened melbourne arts club, a three-dimensional extrapolation of a culture blog founded in 2012, have swung open to the joy of a sizeable demographic of like-minded melburnians. it's a temporary venue, occupying an expansive empty retail space which will knocked down and used for a new block of apartments by the end of next year.

as said, melbourne arts club keeps a finger on the city's artistic pulse, but it also accommodates good day rentals, a furniture rental company run by forsyth's beloved sister. nepotism? given the fact that the two have created a corresponding studio + shared work space available to creatives and freelancers, we'd say it's a rather brilliant joint effort. the aim clearly is to create a vibe of cross-pollination that generates more good creative stuff at the venue. the setting at melbourne arts club, designed by architect aaron hughes, is intentionally low-key, pairing elements of the existing interior with an ingenious configuration of wooden pallets. the rental work space is furnished with simple desks and vintage chairs, and further decorated with homey artworks and objects. location: 1/176-180 high street [preston]. 

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oslo: nudie jeans repair shop opening

 

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although originally from sweden, nudie jeans is as much a household name in neighbouring norway. and so much so, that the denim brand decided to open up shop in the country's capital oslo. a full-fledged nudie jeans repair shop, it's situated in frogner, an emerging area of town where the city's young and fashion-forward increasingly love to shop and unwind. occupying a 60 sqm. [646 sq.ft.] ground floor unit of a traditional 19th-century building, the store has been designed by nudie jeans' very own design team and blends the brand's signature aesthetic with the building's original elements. the focal point of the setting are the two repair stations right next to the entrance, and the activities deployed here are bound to have a beckoning effect to passers-by.

a collection of vintage and industrial furnishings, most notably a large-scale ceiling-high denim wall made from two conjoined merchant desks, are framed by classic herringbone parquet flooring and a contrasting ceiling in a matte black hue. adding a storied element to the place is the eclectic backdrop of differently textured walls, while repurposed 18 oz. japanese selvedge as cabinet surface and leather cutting left-over used as notice boards emphasize the brand's aim to reuse materials as much as possible. the new nudie jeans repair shop carries the brand's full range of premium denim offerings. location: grønnegata 1 [frogner].

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london: other/man x tripl stitched

london: other/man x tripl stitched

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thinking of england can be handy in many of lifes predicaments, but especially so when tailoring is concerned. and london is particularly synonomous with old world, traditional garmentry - not to mention new world, hybrid design. a clash of cultures in a nation that has solidified many formative movements in the history of modern fashion. so when one of our favourite forward british mens brands other/man join forces with classically inclined shirt experts tripl stitched you can be sure that only good things will happen. known for their dedication to reviving bygone production methods, tripl stitched have been sourcing, restoring and remodelling vintage sewing machines for a decade now and at long last, have started using them. while the antique machines may not produce as quickly as their modern counterparts, the finish they deliver is well worth the wait. as a keen supporter of new brands, other/man often look to work with like minded craftspeople that have an appetite for fine detail. and with a strong leaning toward british manufacturing, both brands have fused together their first collection of collaborative collars. six minimal shirt styles so far, and more to come.

the partnership blends signature characteristics of fabrics, silhouettes and refined detailing from both brands and will continue as an ongoing component of other/man collections. with distinctive tripl stitched x other/man branding, the shirts themselves are crafted from 100% cotton with an unwashed, pristine fabric, a tripl stitched signature. the bodies are cut with a looser silhouette, extended tail, a bluff edge collar, cuff and a concealed button-down detail. add to that classic contrast triple stitching in a variety of globally sourced fabrics, and you've got an instant set of shirting staples. the aesthetic is minimal and serene, and the designs are intended to be layered over tee shirts or buttoned and tucked in for the more sartorial type. and for all their artisinal features, the shirts are reasonably priced at £125 [$195] and will be available at other/shop's brick and mortar [21 kingly street, london W1B 5QA] or online from mid may 2015. in addition, other/man are kindly offering superfuture readers 20% off any online purchase using code SUPERFUTURE20 at checkout. our keyboards are already clacking!

fukuoka: aesop store opening

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following a string of consecutive openings in tokyo, kyoto and osaka, australian cosmetics brand aesop sets up shop in fukuoka. the southern japanese city has historically been an important place for international trade, spawning an open-mindedness among locals that – and we're pretty sure about that – boosts an above average interest in nifty products. for its first location in the city, aesop picked amu plaza hakata, a prominent shopping mall embedded in the massive hakata railway station building. tucked away on the sixth floor, the store features an interior created by architect shinichiro ogata of tokyo-based archtecture practice simplicity.

the aesthetic is inspired by the hakata neighbourhood’s heritage as a base for diplomacy and trade, and its stature to this day as an international commercial hub. walls are in a subtly shimmering golden hue, and reference the city’s splendour and prosperity of a bygone era. an assemblage of architectonically stacked timber boxes references the trading culture, and appears as if a historic tableau; and the setting is complemented by discreet, streamlined lighting. the new aesop store carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: amu plaza hakata, hakataekichuogai 1-1, 6th floor [hakata].

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tokyo: sun rise sun ra sun set

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you could say that scottish-born jim lambie is a creative who loves wearing different hats. next to being a musician and a dj, he is a visual artist who's known for his colour-infused sculptural installations made from everyday objects and materials. lambie lives and works in glasgow where he graduated from the glasgow school of art, and in 2005 he was shortlisted for the prestigious turner prize. the genius artist currently has a solo exhibition at rat hole gallery in aoyama, entitled sun rise sun ra sun set. very much an immersive presentation, he has transformed the gallery with a vinyl tape floor piece created with a palette of metallic colors, directing the viewer’s perception of the space and overwhelming the senses with its mesmerizing rhythm. in creating his famous vinyl floor work, entitled zobop and first exhibited in 1998, lambie speaks of trying to fill and empty a space simultaneously. the expansive floor piece literally anchors the other works on display, including early video works, three-dimensional paintings and a sculptural piece that prominently dangles from the celing [on through jun 21]. location: 5-5-3-b1 minami aoyama [aoyama].

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singapore: manifesto store opening

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the wait is finally over for singapore's fashion crowd. in a previous post we talked about the launch of manifesto, a new concept store founded by french fashion veteran walid zaazaa, and the doors are now wide open. situated in capitol piazza, an upscale mixed-use complex which includes apartments, a theater and a shopping mall, the store occupies a 2,500 sq.ft. [232 sqm.] unit on the second floor. zaazaa envisioned a space that would complement manifesto's forward offerings and called in the team of architecture practice wy-to to make that happen. not surprisingly, the aesthetic is minimalist, but with playful geometries blended in.

the focal point is a gazebo-like metal structure which soars across the ceiling, and as it reaches towards the floor, also serves as an accessories display. the ceiling and walls are dipped in an immaculate white hue, contrasting with the whimsically checkered stone flooring. the retail space is dotted with grouped modular displays in complementing colours and a few mannequins, while suspended steel clothing racks line the walls. a formation of tubular lights dangle from the ceiling right above the sales counter, and corresponds well with the frivolity of a niche section in bright red across the store.

manifesto's fashion offerings consist of a tightly edited mix of men's and women's designer brands and casual labels from across the planet, including lemaire, kitsuné, costume national, nike and thakoon. these are supplemented with an equally discerning collection of accessories and lifestyle merchandise, such as linda farrow eyewear, diptyque candles and fragrances by comme des garçons. for manifesto, zaazaa cherry-picked around 70 international brands, and the majority is exclusive to the store. the store aims to be an inspiring platform of creativity, and as such it'll host events related to a wide array of disciplines. location: capitol piazza, 13 stamford road, shop 02-19 [city hall].

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barcelona: #genxbeat

© generator - the lobby of generator barcelona

generator is a happening design hostel brand with a fast-growing network of properties in exciting destinations across europe. all generator hostels boast comfy private and shared rooms, but what makes a stay even more special is that a great effort has gone into the design concept of each property, making them no less than appealing social hubs that tap directly into the local culture of each city. perfectly in line with this connectivity to urban culture, generator has teamed up with beat, an opinionated and artsy music + culture magazine, to curate a series of creative talks at three of its hostels across the old continent, and the final edition of this so-called #genxbeat series will be held in barcelona. these talks are very informal, yet informative meet-ups where the magazine's multi-tasking founder hanna hanra will be chatting with leading figures from the music industry, and in this case nts radio front men femi adeyemi and sean mcauliffe.

these meet-ups aim to give the audience an insight into the music industry and inspire a new generation of creatives. the talks will cover everything, from the empowerment of women in music, to dj’ing across the planet, or starting your own online radio station. and that's not all, folks! the talks end with a matching party until the wee little hours, featuring exclusive dj sets by the talk participants, in addition to budding local dj talent. mind you, all the events are free and include entrance to the talk, a welcome drink upon arrival and access to the after party. you fancy? then register here for access. the final #genxbeat talk will be held on thu - may 21 [talk: 8.30pm / party: 9.30pm] at generator barcelona. and yes, the two nts radio boys will hit the decks during the party. don't miss! location: carrer de còrsega 373-377 [eixample].

hong kong: hood by air pop-up store

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on top of trends, retailer joyce has been supplying discerning shoppers in hong kong, china and taiwan with the very latest from the planet's leading fashion capitals. it has an extensive network of multibrand stores, monobrand flagships, and from time to time also dedicated pop-up stores, that disperse the highly coveted merchandise. in the latter category falls a new temporary retail showcase for hood by air, the cult label of new york-based designer shayne oliver, at pacific place mall. since its inception in 2006, the streetwear collections have not only expanded, but they've also gone from strength to strength, and it now ranks firmly on the wish list of fashion-forward circles across the globe. the hood by air pop-up is embedded in a joyce multibrand store but has been given a distinct setting, marked by suspended chains and metal flooring, that emphasizes its street edge. featured is a specially designed capsule collection, in addition to pieces from the s/s 2015 runway collection [on through may 31]. location: pacific place, 88 queensway, shop 232 [admiralty].

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online: ace & tate s/s 2015 collection

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online eyewear retailer ace & tate has a democratic business approach we totally dig. understanding the versatility of today's consumer, it aims to provide them with the possibility to match your frames with every occasion and all of your favourite styles. as a result, ace & tate manufactures quality frames at a fair price, allowing you to continuously update your eyewear. the amsterdam-based brand has just released the second batch of its s/s 2015 collection. themed reckless summer, the collection is infused with a solid dose of fun, and although the frames are predominantly classic, they've been given subtle contemporary tweaks. the range of new designs includes sunglasses and optical frames for both men and women, that are worthwhile to check out. curious? then click here to view the designs.

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new york: whitney museum relocation

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have you heard the whitney museum of american art has moved to an imposing new location in new york city? if not, you've clearly been living under a rock and we suggest you better read on. founded in 1930 by gertrude vanderbilt whitney [1875-1942], a prominent socialite, sculptor, and last but not least, patron of american art, the museum got its own building one year later in the west village. from there, the museum moved to an expanded site uptown on west 54th street in 1954. as its collections and operations grew, the whitney museum acquired a landmark building by architect marcel breuer on swanky madison avenue in 1966. and earlier this month, the museum's history came full circle as it moved back to the neighbourhood where it all started, occupying a brand new purpose-built design by italian starchitect renzo piano.

the new venue – mind you, it accommodates over 19,000 works of modern and contemporary american art – is situated between the hudson river and the popular high line park, clad in pale blue-grey steel panels, the eight-storey building has an asymmetrical shape, with the bulk of the museum facing the river, with tiers of lighter terraces and glazed walkways stepping down to the elevated urban park and more or less embracing it into the project. the building is entered via a dramatically cantilevered ‘largo’, a public space that serves as a kind of decompression chamber between street and museum, with views to the hudson and the high line entrance just a few steps away. accessed from the ‘largo’, the main entrance lobby also serves as a public gallery – of free-entry exhibition space. 

a museum shop situated on the ground floor, as well as a restaurant operated by renowned restaurateur danny meyerlevel three houses a 170-retractible seat theatre with double-height views over the river, along with technical spaces and offices. approximately 50,000 sq.ft [4,650 sqm.] of gallery space is distributed over levels five, six, seven and eight, the fifth level boasting a 18,000 sq.ft [1,670 sqm.] column-free gallery. reserved for temporary exhibitions, its expansive volume will enable the display of really large works of contemporary art. the whitney museum's permanent collection is exhibited on level six and seven. these two floors also step back towards the west to create 13,000 sq.ft [1,200 sqm.] of outdoor sculpture terraces. 

the museum offices, an education centre, conservation laboratories and a library reading room are situated north of the building’s core on levels three to seven, including a multimedia theatre on level five. the top floor is home to the ‘studio’ gallery and a café, also run by the aforementioned hospitality guru, naturally lit by a skylight system in striking saw-tooth configuration. location: 99 gansevoort street [west village].

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