london: a.p.c. store opening

© a.p.c.

following store openings in shoreditch and soho, french contemporary brand a.p.c. has expanded its footprint in london with third outlet in notting hill. in line with the aesthetic of the previous boutiques – each one features glazed ceramic bricks as a nod to the victorian pubs found across town – the brand's newest store is also designed by paris-based architect laurent deroo. it occupies an elongated ground floor unit, and has its walls covered in vertically stacked bricks and in variations of grey, with a superimposed framework of slats that ties in with the light oak flooring. brass light fixtures, both suspended and attached to the framework, add a warm accent to the clean design. at the cash desk, the bricks stop to form two small windows from where staff can see the store. furnishings consist of a set of sofas and matching wooden and felt cubes that serve as displays. the new a.p.c. store carries the brand's full men’s and women’s collection, in addition to denim pieces,  accessories, quilts and scented candles. location: 34 ledbury road [notting hill].

© a.p.c.

stockholm: reality machines

© olafur eliasson - your body of work [2011] / photography: anders sune berg

the moderna museet and arkdes, two neighbouring institutions in stockholm, have joined forces to create for a major exhibition dedicated to olafur eliasson [1967], one of the leading contemporary artists of our time. born in copenhagen, eliasson grew up in iceland and now divides his time between the danish capital and berlin where he maintains a studio with a staff of no less than 90 people. the artist is known to explore the spaces in which we dwell, with a wde range of works that straddle disciplines as diverse as sculpture, painting, photography, film, installations, architectural projects and site-specific works in public spaces. but what make his works so compelling is the fact that these works are in fact a dialogue with ecology, architecture, science and urban spaces. the exhibition, entitled reality machines and curated by matilda olof-ors, is currently held on the premises of moderna museet, and elaborates on eliasson's stellar career so far. on display are 19 exemplary works and installations, including less ego walla new piece that the artist created especially for this exhibition [on through jan 17]. location: exercisplan 4 [skeppsholmen].

© olafur eliasson - model room [2003], i only see things when they move [2004] and installation view / photography: anders sune berg

paris: dior homme store opening

© dior / photography: adrian dirand

around the corner from the iconic dior flagship store on swanky avenue montaigne, the brand has relocated the boutique for its dior homme line in this neighbourhood to a bigger location. occupying 300 sqm. [3,229 sq.ft.] set across two floors of a mid-19th century building, the store interior features dior homme's latest retail aesthetic. modernity and elegance are blended by way of a balanced palette of subtle colours, pure materials and a changing set of volumes. natural light also plays an important part, flooding large parts of the premises, but also being reflected by the translucent white resin structures, and in a way it's blurring the divide between the interior and exterior. the new dior homme boutique carries the line's full range of men's apparel, accessories and shoes. adding up to the most discerning demographic of male shoppers is exclusive bespoke tailoring, custom orders and personalization services. location: 24 rue françois 1er [champs-élysées].

© dior / photography: adrian dirand

moscow: my red homeland

© anish kapoor - my red homeland [2003] / photography: nic tenwiggenhorn

anish kapoor [1954] is one of the most influential artists of our time, having changed the trajectory and perception of contemporary sculpture. the mumbai-born artist has lived and worked in london since the 1970, and won the highly prestigious turner prize in 1991. kapoor partakes in the 6th moscow biennale of contemporary art with a solo exhibition, his first ever in the russian capital. the showcase, entitled my red homeland, is held at the jewish museum and tolernce center in the city's marina roshcha neighbourhood, and presents three major sculptures from integral though distinct bodies of work in his sculptural language: voids; mirrors and the auto-generated. crafted from pigment, steel and wax, the works epitomize kapoor’s manipulation of matter to create a landscape and geology that is both intriguing and sublime [on through jan 17]. the exhibition will be accompanied by the first monographic publication of kapoor’s work in russian. location: ulitsa obraztsova 11 [marina roshcha].

© anish kapoor - s-curve [2006] and shelter [2007] / photography: dave morgan

antwerp: uniqlo store opening

© uniqlo

japanese retailer uniqlo continues its expansion on the old continent, and opens its newest flagship today in antwerp. situated on meir, the city's main shopping thoroughfare, it occupies a sizeable 1,320 sqm. [14,208 sq.ft.] spread over two levels and a mezzanine floor. behind an open façade which lures in passers by, uniqlo's signature clean interior unfolds, replete with vertical colour blocking on perimeter walls, high-tech installations, including colour-changing stairs, led tickers, and rotating mannequins. the new uniqlo store stocks men’s, women’s and kids collections, in addition to the range of collab items with french fashion brand lemaire, led by designers christophe lemaire and sarah-linh tran. next to special opening hours throughout the coming weekend, the store will also feature special opening offers and special prices on selected items [on through oct 10]. location: meir 67-69 [centrum].

© uniqlo

london: kioskafé opening

© monocle

perennially devoted old school journalism, monocle has been able to translate this focus into a successful magazine and an accompanying retail format that has found equal resonance across the planet. and now, monocle has taken the next step, redefing the traditional newsstand and pairing it with place where to sit back, relax and enjoy a good read in between hectic schedules or on a lazy day off. called kioskafé, the first venue of what we assume will grown into a global network, officially opens today around the corner from london's paddington station. occupying a cosy 80 sqm. [861 sq.ft.] space, it's a blatant, albeit meticulously conceptualized, celebration of printed media, and features an awe-inspiring, evolving list of the 300 best newspapers and magazines from around the globe.

additionally, there's a catalogue of print-on-demand newspapers ranging from albania’s gazeta paloma to the zimbabwe independent. the café interior has been designed by edm architects, featuring a clean, modern setting with a slight rustic touch. as a result, sleek vitsœ shelving is paired with traditional timber flooring, and out on the terrace manufakt furniture provides guests with comfy seating. quality coffee obviously is prominently listed  – roasted by allpress, if you must know – and a shortlist of tasty snacks. making clever use of the magazine's expertise in lifestyle products, kioskafé also features an elaborate range of coveted lifestyle products, including shower gel from trehs, rausch shampoo, underwear from the white briefs and two special-edition bags from japan's yoshida. also available, is a collection of kioskafé-branded collab items. location: 31 norfolk place [paddington].

© monocle

amsterdam: terrain

© andenken / evan hecox - community flag [2015] 

based in denver, artist evan hecox [1970] is known for capturing the essence of urban environments in drawings and paintings that are striking in their graphic simplicity. for his newest body of work, presented at an exhibition which is aptly entitled terrain and opening today [6pm-9pm] at andenken gallery in amsterdam, he extrapolates his vision to new territory, playing around with purely abstract work loosely based on flags, finding creative ways to capture the relationship between realism and abstraction and seeing how the two interact. presented are a series of paintings depicting geometric elements and also a number of pieces in which he intriguingly combines these with traditional desert landscapes. these images are made up from photo reference as well as the artist's own imagination [on through oct 18]. location: pazzanistraat 17 [staatsliedenbuurt].

© andenken / evan hecox - range rider, cross flag and desert dome [2015] 

milan: aesop store opening

© aesop

aesop has opened its first italian store in milan's historic brera neighbourhood. occupying a 60 sqm. [646 sq.ft.] ground floor space of a 19th-centrury heritage building which previously accomodated a traditional salumeria or deli, it features an interior design by local practice vincenzo de cotiis architects. as always with the signature stores of the australian cosmetics brand, the neighbourhood has provided inspiration for the interior design. the neutral palette consists of pale peach plaster on both walls and ceiling, while the balustrade and concrete floor are in a matching soft grey hue.

a subtle dose of visual tension is provided by metallic accents effected in asymmetrical display shelving crafted from textured cast aluminum, and which honour the city's industrial roots, in addition to a sculptural sales counter and product demonstration sink. a separate workspace is furnished with restored vintage pieces and a large table reminiscent of the former occupant. the new aesop store stocks the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: piazza del carmine 1 [brera].

© aesop

berlin: totems

© circle culture / aaron rose - totem I (belief) [2015] 

multi-tasking creative aaron rose [1969] hardly needs an introduction. a pivotal force in contemporary american urban culture, rose dipped his toe in several pools and helped shape the urban arts scene as we now know. after his much-publicized cults solo exhibition at circle culture gallery two years ago, the artist returns to berlin for a new showcase. opening at the gallery's new potsdamerstrasse venue on thu - oct 1 [7pm-9pm] is a presentation entitled totems. on display is a body of new work which consists of a series of paintings and kinetic sculptures, all inspired by objects and feelings of desire.

rose's works are characterized by an outstanding mix of graphic elements and symbols, and symbology plays a major role in these pieces. the artist claims that life is nothing more than a dictionary of symbols, and that we looks to symbols merely to help us make sense of our existence. rather than use symbols for their intended significance, rose has always recontextualized meanings in unexpected ways to create abstract visuals composed of symbols invented and culled from the annals of visual history. the exhibition is accompanied by a special catalogue released by zurich-based cult publishing house nieves. location: potsdamerstrasse 68 [tiergarten].

© circle culture / aaron rose - totem II (whisper) [2015]