tokyo: nike+ run club omotesando opening

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although already firmly anchored in harajuku's fast-evolving retail landscape with a sizeable flagship a few blocks away, nike has made a new and major retail statement with the opening of nike+ run club omotesando. as it's name already implies, it's first and foremost a meeting place for tokyo's running demographic, but one with perks and facilities for members and those aspiring to join the family. the venue measures 178 sqm. [1,916 sq.ft.] set over two floors, and is situated on cat street, a busy pedestrian thoroughfare lined with some of the shopping district's most coveted boutiques.

as said, nike+ run club omotesando provides a variety of running services, including a so-called run concierge who can provide personal running advice, a diagnosis or private running classes, a stylist who's readily available to make you look good even when you're breaking sweat and bra fitting for the ladies. also on the premises is a tee design studio where to customize t-shirts, and last but not leastm a nikeid studio brimming with the latest nike footwear. needless to say, the shoes can be customized here as well. for a number of these services, online pre-registration is required. ocation: mico jingumae, 4-25-12 jingumae [harajuku].

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london: fanpages

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after having reached cult stardom with anti-fashion magazine cheap date almost a decade ago, brit fashion gurus bay garnett and kira joliffe once again gain the limelight with a new quirky read that's called fanpages. launched at a  star-studded party at dover street market in london earlier this week, it's published by idea books, and features the most extraordinary, diverse, and occasionally whacky collection of contributors to share their obsessions and create pages on fashions or fictions (or just about anything) of which they are, yes indeed, fans. indie actress chloe sevigny is on the cover, and included in are pages authored by super stylists katie grand and joe mckenna, fashion designers erdem and roksanda linčić, snappers nick knight and joseph szabo; and artists and recording artists harland miller and rita ora. fancy a copy? well, drop by dover street market and snap one up. location: 18-22 haymarket [st. james's].

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copenhagen: container 01 opening

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in sync with the eclectic taste level of today's young consumer, and last but not least clever management, fashion brand won hundred has opened a second store at homebase copenhagen. the outlet is situated in nørrebro, a lively and somewhat bohemian part of town which has gained quite a rep in recent years as a gourmet destination, and it's familiar territory too, as the brand first set up shop here little over a decade ago. called container 01, the new store will stock a constantly updated archive of won hundred designs, including unique samples, surplus items, and also items from previous collections. the setting befits its purpose and name, featuring a utilitarian aesthetic which inventively uses scaffolding and metal boards as shelving and plastic crates as displays. a splash of bright yellow, used to denote various sections, adds a warm visual element to the understated setting. location: guldbergsgade 29 [nørrebro].

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tokyo: aesop store opening

in a relatively short period of time, aesop has become a fixture in tokyo's retail scene, operating stores in the most relevant shopping areas. still in expansion mode, the australian cosmetics brand has just opened its tenth standalone signature boutique in the scenic naka meguro neighbourhood. the store is situated along the tree-lined meguro river and once again features a specially designed interior, and this time by architect shinichiro ogata of local archotecture and design practice simplicity. similarly to other aesop store, the interior takes cues from the area's past, in this case it's geophysical history as an abundant water source, and very much linked to that fact, naka meguro's importance as a place for commerce and industry. 

the retail space measures a sizeable 110 sqm. [1,184 sq.ft.], and features a setting that beautifully balances old and new with display cabinets of teak and woven washi paper, and simple mid-century style furnishings. aesop's signature sink obviously is present as well, and comes in in the shape of a brass trough against a backdrop of concrete. at the back of the store an intimate courtyard can be found. as of coming fall, the store will add facial treatment rooms staffed by specially trained therapists, a novelty for the brand in the ;and of the rising sun. the new aesop boutique carries the full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: 1-13-9 kami meguro [naka meguro].

© takumi ota

venice: zaha hadid

© zaha hadid architects / photography: luke hayes

the biennale architettura 2016 in venice is in full swing, and this year's edition wouldn't be complete without a homage to zaha hadid, the lauded iraqi-born british architect who suddenly passed away earlier this year. the homage comes in the form of a well-documented retrospective, hosted by fondazione berengo at the storied palazzo franchetti, that celebrates hadid’s stellar career in architecture and design. the showcase presents many of the seminal paintings, drawings and models of hadid’s repertoire, conveying the ingenuity and dynamism of her architectural projects in a variety of media including photography and film.

through hadid’s designs, either built, under construction, in development or unrealised, the exhibition displays the often pioneering research and investigation that instigates and defines ther work of the architect and her london-based practice. the architect showed a keen interest in the russian avant-garde early in her career, exploring the compositional techniques of fragmentation, layering and porosity, and that have become evident in all of hadid's projects. the exhibition presents an intriguing mosaic of early projects within a landscape of models that integrates project typologies, formal composition, geography and chronology.

also on display are but three projects that helped to anchor hadid's stature in modern architecture: the vitra fire station in weil am rhein, cincinnati's contemporary arts center, and the maxxi museum of 21st century arts in rome. but that's not all. all works of zaha hadid architects' works in progress will be exhibited, including projects to be completed in the course of this year. additionally, the photographs of hélène binet, capturing the integrity and materiality of hadid’s projects, will be exhibited in a separate room.

also presented at the retrospective is code, the indisipensible programming arm of zaha hadid architects which researches tech developments and other new possibilities that could contribute to both the practice's creative output and collaborative opportunities. on display are examples that capture the overall advancements and how these have been incorporated in various projects [on through nov 27]. location: palazzo franchetti, san marco 2847 [san marco].

© zaha hadid architects / photography: luke hayes

new york: stutterheim store opening

© stutterheim / photography: seth caplan

stutterheim has made rainwear cool, and to such an extent, we've seen many of you out there flaunting it even when the sun is out. the brand's distinct style has gained a following across the planet, and it isn't surprising that following the opening of bigger store at homebase stockholm earlier this year, stutterheim has boldly crossed the big pond to plant a flag in new york city. the store occupies a ground floor space of a five-storey building from 1901, and measures a mere 275 sq.ft. [26 sqm]. indeed, that's quite compact, but what it may lack in size, it makes up with a clean modern interior dipped in a pristine white hue that complies with the aesthetic stutterheim's product line. wooden flooring and potted plants add a homey touch to the setting. the design of the store is a collab between the brand's art director andreas bergman and local creative practice bobby redd, and is clearly rooted in the tradition of scandinavian design. the new stutterheim store carries the brand's full range of men's and women's items. location: 232 mulberry street [nolita].

© stutterheim / photography: seth caplan

munich: acne studios opening

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acne studios steadily continues its trajectory towards becoming a full-fledged luxury brand, and its latest store on munich's maximilianspatz bears witness to this well-planned strategy. occupying a 180 sqm. [1,938 sq.ft.] ground floor unit at luitpoldblock, a shopping mall set in a historic landmark building, it's situated smack on the city's golden mile of luxury shopping. the boutique's aesthetic strictly follows the brand's newest design codes of british architect sophie hicks that were first introduced at the store in seoul. the palette is understated and with a slight futuristic twist, captured by panels of shiny polished steel exposed concrete and rows of fluorescent lamps.

furnishings and fixtures comprise of matching, sleek tables and clothing racks, in addition to a handful of commissioned furniture by max lamb, the london-based designer who has also supplied one-off pieces for a number of other stores. the new acne studios boutique stocks the full range of men's and women's apparel, shoes and accessories collections. the opening precedes further expansion, with new stores scheduled to open in the course of this year in milan and san francisco, but also a third new york city outpost on the upper east side. location: maximiliansplatz 10 [altstadt].

© acne studios

singapore: manifesto

© taksu / tony twigg 

resettled in sydney after a lengthy residency in manila, artist tony twigg [1953] wields a multidisciplinary practice, but has become best known for his abstract sculptures crafted from found timber. a visual arts graduate from the college of fine arts in sydney, twigg has had over 40 solo exhibitions in australia, southeast asia, and also stateside, and his work is included in various museum collections. the artist now returns to taksu gallery in singapore for a fourth solo exhibition, entitled manifesto. opening on thu – jun 2 [6.30pm-10pm], the show presents a series of timber sculptures that represents an introspective reflection of sorts on his creative output so far, exploring new insights and possibilities to advance to the next level along the way. location: 43 jalan merah saga [holland village].

© manifesto / tony twigg

amsterdam: afura store opening

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as in many dynamic cities, specific neighbourhoods are continuously on the move. the latter can certainly be said of oud west, an increasingly gentrified area of amsterdam with a fourishing retail and hospitality infrastructure that not appeals to a hipster audience from across town, but even from beyond the city limits. one of the recent openings of late that caters to such a demographic is afura. following an online presence and a number of pop-up installations in town to test the water, co-founders victor ter hark and len koster found an ideal location in oud west to establish their first permanent outpost.

the afura store occupies a ground floor unit of a red brick building from 1900, and features a whitewashed interior that contrasts beautifully with the pitch black lower façade. furnishings are few and simple, and comprise of sturdy wooden displays and shelving, and a suspended clothing rack showcases the coveted range of apparel items. adding a warm shimmer to the setting, is a chunky sales counter entirely clad in brass. the new afura store stocks a curated range of men's apparel, accessories and shoes, and the brand list currently includes coveted names such as harmony, daily paper, soulland, filling pieces and stutterheim. location: jan pieter heijestraat 164 [oud west].

© afura

new york: manus x machina

© oma / photography: naho kubota

now that the twinkle dust of this year's met gala has settled, it's a perfect time to take in the splendour of manus x machina – fashion in an age of technology, the party's theme and eponymous flagship exhibition of the metropolitan museum of art's costume institute. the show sheds a light on how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear, and presents more than 170, often exceptional ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present. it addresses the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand, or manus, and the machine, or machina, at the onset of mass production, and explores this ongoing dichotomy.

held on the museum's ground and first floors, the show features a beautifully designed scenography by shohei shigematsu of acclaimed architecture practice oma. very much a structure within a structure, it's inserted into the existing corridors and crafted from white scrims. a raised platform built across the double height atrium provides continuous circulation. the scenography accommodates a series of case studies in which haute couture and ready-to-wear ensembles are decoded to reveal their hand/machine dna. the centerpiecs is a 2014 haute couture wedding dress by chanel with a 20-foot train, placed in a central cocoon with details of its embroidery projected onto the domed ceiling [on through aug 14]. location: metropolitan museum of art, 1000 fifth avenue [upper east north].

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