althought well-established in paris with seven signature stores, there's still room to grow for aesop. the australian cosmetics brand ventures onto untrodden grounds and sets up shop in the leafy 16th arrondissement. set over 35 sqm. [377 sq.ft.] ground floor space of a modest low-rise structure built in 1925, the interior has been designed by the company's in-house design team. as with all of aesop's stores, the setting takes cues from the surrounding area, once distinctly rural and dotted with farms, vineyards and stone quarries. this resulted in the ample use of a compatible range of natural materials, such as stone marble and metal. walls are dipped in a soft blue-green hue and paried with a mosaic of stone from normandy. shelving consists of lacquered metal and marble, and lend a distinct geometric quaity to the store design. beautifully contrasting with the rigid lines are a stone basin – a fixture in each aesop store – and an elegant murano glass chandelier. the new aesop boutique carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: 16 rue jean bologne [passy].
and the global fashion crowd eagerly watched. we're talking karl lagerfeld's concoctions for chanel's s/s 2016 collection, but even more so the setting he created. following last year's brilliant supermarket mock-up and the recent catwalk protest march, the clever designer wowed the fashion elite to what arguably is paris fashion week's most spectacular show. once again held at grand palais, lagerfeld invented a sleek airport lounge – obviously situated at aéroport paris cambon – replete with a chanel airlines check-in desk staffed by personnel in specially designed attire, boarding passes for all attendees, and first class cabin seating for the most distinguished of invitees. and obviously there was a clearly marked gate no. 5 at the glamourous airport. location: grand palais, 3 avenue du général eisenhower [champs-elysées].
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with a string of stores from beijing to jakarta, the shoe collections of on pedder draws asia's savviest crowds. the high-end retailer has recently raised its profile in singapore with a dramatically enlarged boutique in the city's leading shopping area. situated at scotts square, an upscale mall where it has had a presence for the past two years, it now occupies 20,000 sq.ft. [1,858 sqm.] of retail space, making it one of the retailer's largest stores. whimsically called pedder on scotts, it features no less than seven distinctly designed zones that each cater to a different demographic, including one for men, kids and a dedicated sneaker section. needless to say, the store stocks a wide array of luxury and premium brands, and currently the brand list features coveted names such as alexander wang, adidas originals, christian louboutin, nike, lanvin and neil barrett. adding up to an ultimate lifestyle shopping experience is the presence of the coffee academics on the premises, a trendy hong kong-based café chain which makes its debut in the lion city. location: scotts square, 6 scotts road, shop 02-03 to 02-16 [orchard west].
he's back. who? we're talking new york city-based artist and designer ken courtney and his iconic just another rich kid brand. resurfacing from a five-year stealth phase, courtney introduced his new black is everything t-shirt collection during the hoopla of the recent edition of new york fashion week. conceptualized with an approach a tad more liberal than most fashion brands, each of the six designs is meant to be whatever you want it to be. the garments are made stateside from preshrunk 100% cotton and have undergone a secret double wash, resulting in lightweight yet durable tees that feel luxuriously soft. just another rich kid's new black is everything collection is exclusively available online [no shipping fee / delivery in the u.s. only].
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].
the moderna museet and arkdes, two neighbouring institutions in stockholm, have joined forces to create for a major exhibition dedicated to olafur eliasson , 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 wall, a new piece that the artist created especially for this exhibition [on through jan 17]. location: exercisplan 4 [skeppsholmen].
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].
anish kapoor  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].
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].
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 french design practice edm paris, 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].