american artist blair thurman  grew up in an environment dripping in art. having a keen sense of self, it wasn't very surprising that once in art school, he eventually abandoned all the prerequisite theories and started using his personal interests instead as a base for his creative output. at the time, slot cars happened to form a large part of it, and their aesthetic more or less laid the foundation of thurman's style. opening today at peres projects gallery in berlin is a solo exhibition of the artist's most recent paintings and sculptures. thurman’s artistic focus has evolved, and now blends diverse cultural and symbolic elements of americana with pop art and abstract geometric art of the 1950s and 1960s into a vocabulary all his own. alhough using different media and forms, thurman’s works bear a recognizable signature. he has a unique method of abstraction which incorporates and transforms familiar elements into a new and visually attractive iconography [on through dec 19]. location: karl marx allee 82 [friedrichshain].
rick owens has opened his first store on the u.s. west coast on la brea avenue in los angeles. the space is a 450 sqm. [4,844 sq.ft.] warehouse built in the 1920s that used to house a ribbon factory. the rick owens team along with long time collaborator anna tumaini have gutted and reconfigured the whole building, utilising brutalist materials, high ceilings supported by massive angular beams and beautiful delicate detailing. the store also features the now patented rick owens fog machine, ejaculating every five minutes, and an abstract version of a swimming pool, a floor to ceiling tank in the middle of the space that releases bubbles one by one. the store carries the entire rick owens range of apparel, accessories and footwear, in addition to the master's furniture line. location: 819 north la brea avenue [west hollywood].
japanese artist kishio suga  is a sculptor and installation artist who also happens to be a figurehead of mono-ha, a movement in the land of the rising sun that flourished in the late 1960s, and which became known for its radical use of elemental materials. a graduate in painting from tama art university in tokyo, suga eventually followed a different trajectory and began to create a creative vocabulary of his own. as an artist he favours the use of commonly found and unconventional materials, such as timber, rock, sand and concrete, and has already exhibited at leading art galleries and museums across the planet.
suga's next exhibition, entitled intentional scenic space, opens on sat - nov 14 [6pm-8pm] at tomio koyama gallery, one of the japanese capital's leading contemporary art haunts. the show follows a presentation that was held at the gallery's satellite space earlier this year, and displays around 10 larger and 20 smaller wall-mounted pieces, and two floor-based works, all newly created. another exercise of suga's unique artistic vocabulary, the works are an attempt to subvert the liminal boundaries innate to both creativity and the interpretation of art. location: 3-10-11 sendagaya [harajuku].
tsasas is a fine leather bags and accessories brand founded in 2012 by husband and wife team esther schulze-tsatsas and dimitrios tsatsas. previously managing a design studio in provincial offenbach, the creative duo decided to step up their operations and relocate to the urban limelight, opening a combined showroom, office, and last but not least, a retail space in nearby frankfurt. the 100 sqm. [1,076 sq.ft.] ground floor unit has been completely gutted and rebuilt to meet the owners' requirements, and resulting in various distinct sections. each has a different purpose yet the aesthetic – which is best described as clean and functional – manifests cohesively.
the subtle palette comprises of simple materials such as plywood panels and industrial shelving. a true eyecatcher in the new tsatsas space is the floor-to-ceiling storage unit with marble shelves that dimitrios tsatsas importefd from his native greece. adding an artisanal element to the setting, and quite literally so, is a workshop unit. crafted from plywood panels, it's almost an independent room. the office space is discreetly concealed behind a floor-to-ceiling wall panel with an integrated section of tinted glass. the tsatsas retail space stocks the brand's latest range of leather bags and accessories, and is accessible by appointment only. location: frankenallee 104 [gallus].
after closing down its store on mount street earlier this year, mackintosh has resurfaced in london's booming retail scene with a brand new flagship. situated among a slew of boutiques of peers from the luxury industry, the iconic brand picked a 134 sqm. [1,442 sq.ft.] ground floor retail space which boasts an interior design that perfectly reflects its new and hybrid creative trajectory of late, one that blends traditional heritage and contemporary luxury. the plush setting, created by japanese practice d.brain which also renovated the mackintosh flagship store in tokyo, pairs herringbone parquet flooring at the front of the store with slabs of white marble towards the rear, all against backdrop of moulded panels.
silver chrome showcases display the collections and all furniture and fittings have been made in white, silver and black to complement the interiors. the new mackintosh store carries the brand's full men’s and women’s collections, in addition to shoes, accessories, bags and ready to wear. as the brand's focus has become much more in sync with modern times, product collabs and special projects are to be launched regularly. as a result, a glass cabinet has been created within the far wall of the store to house these, and currently on display are items that have been jointly concocted with japanese contemporary fashion label hyke. location: 19 conduit street [mayfair].
known as the island of the gods, bali's credentials stretch beyond the mythical to domains a tad more alluring to vacationing mortals. and for the highly discerning ones among them, this tiny corner of the vast indonesian archipelago has just revealed stylish new lodgings. called alila seminyak and part of the alila hotels & resorts, it offers 96 guestrooms, 143 suites and one spectacular 811 sqm. [8,730 sq.ft.] penthouse, set in a meticulously conceptualized lowrise complex by acclaimed singapore-based practice urbanarc. and not surprisingly, it's situated in seminyak, a fashionable part of bali, dotted with cool shops, bars and art galleries.
the luxurious rooms blend modern comfort with subtle yet authentic touches of balinese culture, offering amenities such as sumptuous bed linen, an oversized terrace, a rain shower and separate bath, satellite tv, an in-room safe, and last but not least, a reliable wi-fi connection. the alila seminyak is all about sophisticated relaxation, and it's evident in every nook and cranny of the premises. seamlessly attached to a pristine beach, the grounds are lush and expansive, inviting guests to stroll around freely, going back and forth between the beach and its five-star facilities. food is an important element of local culture, and the property anticipates with a set of venues where to indulge in flavours from home and abroad.
an all-day restaurant, sprawling from indoors to outdoors, between the bar and the main pool, is fronted by sweeping ocean views. laid-back, but obviously infused with a sophisticated style that matches the property's pads, it features a mix of communal tables, comfy seating and sun loungers. additionally, guests can unwind and mingle at the beach bar, serving an array of signature cocktails and locally inspired snacks, or the equally buzzing coffee bar. do we hear you say pool? there are in fact a few to choose from, and they're so alluring that they easily steal the limelight from the pristine stretch of beach.
adding up to the abundant sense of luxury at the resort is spa alila, a modern facility featuring private rooms with a variety of signature asian treatments, a hair spa, a reflexology lounge and a dedicated manicure/pedicure lounge. for those who like to explore the island, alila seminyak offers alila experiences, a well-connected concierge service that accommodates any interest or focus, be it cultural and culinary traditions or venturing outdoors to connect with the local community. paradise exists and it's just a flight away, people. location: jalan taman ganesha 9 [seminyak].
hailing from the south of texas, artist jeremy kost eventually relocated to new york where he immersed himself in the city's flourishing subcultures, documenting the often debaucherous lifestyle of nightlife denizens, drag queens, models and other 'beautiful people. not surprisingly, kost is strongly influenced by andy warhol, and this not only shows in his choice of subjects and technique. he rather similarly uses a polaroid camera and silkscreen techniques to create multilayered photo-collages. opening on thu - nov 12 [7pm-10pm] at galerie nuke in paris is an exhibition of a new body of work by kost. the show, which bears the name a single man, presents a series of polaroids of lone men, all adorned with splashes of paint. on the one hand, this tweaking emphasizes the medium's iconic accessibility, while also literally adding a thick and colourful patina that prevents easy consumption of the many depictions. kost presents a night at the club, bodies coming together under saturated lights, only to be separated in the gathering dawn. location: 11 rue sainte-anastase [marais].
following a boutique in leafy brentwood, helmut lang has expanded its presence in los angeles with a second store in west hollywood which will serve as its u.s. flagship. situated among high-end peers, the brand anticipates by introducing its new retail concept created by local architecture practice standard. it occupies a spacious 7,000 sq.ft. [650 sqm.] ground retail space of a lowrise structure in 1948, and which previously housed an art gallery. the current aesthetic lays bare the building's pure lines, further accentuated by a beautiful play of daylight and artificial light sources. the minimalism may seem an extrapolation from the gallery past, but articulated by walls clad in industrial felt walls, concrete floors, and smooth plaster, it becomes a new signature statement. the helmut lang boutique sits on a sizeable plot of land, and this has compatibly recreated by landscape architect david laforga and features a custom concrete sculpture by mark hagen. the new helmut lang boutique currently stocks the brand's full range of women's apparel, accessories, shoes and fragrances. location: 8808 melrose avenue [west hollywood].
men's t-shirt brand hiro clark has embarked on a new project, forging a collab with california-based coffee roasters verve. approaching lifestyle with similar authenticity and quirk, the two have released a limited edition capsule edition of three tees. each of the designs exude that unique cali vibe, using both iconic imagery of verve's hometown santa cruz and texts. made from 100% of the highest quality cotton, their fit has been thoroughly researched for ultimate comfort and style. and that's not all, peeps. when ordering a t-shirt, it'll be packaged in a customized stanley thermos flask and – now that's a generous treat! – a 12 oz. bag of verve coffee. click here to view the collection and order your fave new tee.
parlour x has been a fixture in sydney's flourishing fashion scene since its insurrection almost three decades ago. by 2015, picking up a prix de marie claire for best australian boutique along the way, it became apparent they had outgrown their original terrace location. earlier this year parlour x relocated to st. john's church, not only a historic building, but also a much bigger space in the upscale paddington neighbourhood. built in 1845, the church is a landmark of oxford street and has been lovingly transformed by founder eva galambos in collab with acclaimed local practice tobias partners. the building is heritage-listed and thus the renovation focused on preserving its shell while adding subtle finishes that contrast beautifully with the majestic backdrop of sandstone. as said, parlour x has become a preferred shopping destination of the city's fashion forward and stocks a tightly curated range of high-end women's brands from down under and across the planet, including céline, maticevski, chloè, christopher esber and balmain. loction: 261 oxford street [paddington].