tokyo: sun rise sun ra sun set

© rat hole gallery

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].

© rat hole gallery

singapore: manifesto store opening

© manifesto

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].

© manifesto

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].

© joyce

online: ace & tate s/s 2015 collection

© ace & tate

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.

© ace & tate

new york: whitney museum relocation

© nic lehoux

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].

© nic lehoux

new york: blues

© tim barber - blinds low [2014]

originally trained as a photographer, new york-based tim barber [1979] has evolved into multi-tasking visual expert with a large global following. combining his technical skills with a keen eye for culture and trends made him a sought-after lensman and consultant for many a leading brand, and although his portfolio is amazingly diverse, each image reveals a disarming style and unbridled curiosity. next to pursuing a professional career, barber has engaged in various projects and events which have promoted photography on a global level. opening fri - may 15 [6pm-8pm] at galerie boutique agnès b. in soho is a rather special exhibition by barber. simply entitled blues, this solo showcase presents a new body of work, consisting of no less than 39 traditional cyanotypes.

these works spawn from barber's earliest art-related memories from elementary school, going to a cemetery and making charcoal rubbings of grave stones on flimsy newsprint. he remembered thinking about it later on making contact prints in the darkroom in high-school, realizing it was a related process, making the linear connection between photography and archaic printmaking. this train of thought that brought him back to working with traditional cyanotypes for these works as he was interested in what would happen in the intersection between the digital source images, taken with an iphone camera, and this archaic blue-print process. coinciding with the show is the release of an 84-page catalogue which will also be available for purchase at the opening. location: galerie boutique agnès b., 50 howard street [soho].

© tim barber - heron and sunset rock [2014]

paris: études studio store opening

© études studio

following a number of pop-up stores and installations across the planet, études studio launched an introductory presentation last december in the hugely popular marais neighbourhood – one we happily talked about in a previous post – and which has now morphed into the collective's very first permament retail space. designed by paris-based architecture practice ciguë and in collab with founders aurélien arbet and jérémie égry, the store has a wonderfully secluded courtyard location and occupies a gallery-like ground floor unit of approx. 200 sqm. [2,153 sq.ft.]. the aesthetic is wonderfully austere and adapts well to the elongated dimensions of the space. furnishings are few and subtly blend into a meticulously constructed linearity that's captured in a variety of subdued materials such as concrete, steel and smoked glass. floods of daylight, allowed in through an expansive row of windows, add a sense of serenity to the store at any time of the day. études studio's new store stocks the brand's full range of men's apparel, accessories, collaboration items, and of course, its masterfully designed range of books. location: 14 rue debelleyme [marais].

© études studio

global: master & dynamic mh40 navy

© master & dynamic

let's talk about the sound of music. no people, not the 1960s sing-along flick, but the wonderful sound of music that comes out the nifty range of master & dynamic's luxury headphones. inspiring and transporting the minds of a growing fanbase across the planet, they're manufactured by company was established only last year in new york city by a team of experts obsessed with sound and creativity. because their aim is high and uncompromising, only the finest and most durable luxury materials are used, such as cowhide and lambskin leather, stainless steel and aluminum. and as master & dynamc is pretty well-connected to the discerning urban creative scene they serve, aesthetics weigh in equal measure, and so does ultimate comfort.

but obviously the main objective is a natural, detailed, live sound that complements a diversity of tastes and musical genres. continuously tweaking and improving its sought-after products, master & dynamics will be releasing an exclusive navy colour way – paired with either black metal or silver metal – of its mh40 headphones on fri - may 15. fancy one? these new trophies are available at select stores across the planet, including union [los angeles], 3x1 [new york], matches [london], 290 sqm. [amsterdam], lane crawford [hong kong] and kinfolk lounge [tokyo]. but in case you're nowhere near an official depository, no worries, you can also order them online.

© master & dynamic

randheli: owner's villa opening

© cheval blanc

we talked about the heavenly cheval blanc randheli in a previous post. a luxury resort created by the hospitality divison of luxury conglomerate lvmh, it has a wide variety of logings with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from such a place. perfection? you'd certainly think so. very recently the resort upped the ante with the superfabulous owner's villa. set on a private island, it's a sprawling abode is also designed by architecture pracrtice denniston, and features four spacious bedrooms and a matching set of facilities, including its own spa, an oversized 25-meter long outdoor swimming pool, pristine beaches and lush exotic gardens.

the main house runs along a 25-meter long swimming pool that frames the sweeping ocean views. three light-filled successive living rooms invite guests to a musical interlude on the grand piano, chill on comfy sofas or sip a cocktail at the bar. the adjoining dining room comes with expert culinary assistance of cheval blanc randheli's chefs and majordomes. mind you, they're housed on the premises and available 24/7. also situated on the ground floor are two bedrooms, each equipped with their own bathroom and terraces. one floor up, by way of a statement staircase, matters shift into grand lifestyle gear.

the master suite with adjoining rooms are furnished with bespoke pieces and curated artworks, and spacious terraces offer panoramic bird's eye views. but there's more to enjoy at the owner's villa. a short stroll away through lush vegetation is a separate guest villa. similarly lavish, it's situated right on the beach and has a majestic bedroom, large indoor and outdoor living areas, including an outdoor dining pergola and a cinema for private screenings. a private spa offers exclusive treatments by guerlain in a double treatment room or on outdoor terraces. yoga or pilates lessons? double check.

the island itself is nothing less but paradise with pristine white beaches and turquoise waters, tropical gardens and an arrray of terraces, and while there's plenty of opportunity to lounge and relax, staff are readily available to inject your stay with tailor-made activities and adventure. a dedicated dhoni is at your disposal to sail you to dinner on cheval blanc randheli's main island, hop over to the spa island or simply to enjoy a private cruise across the maldivian sea. something a little more now? sure. discerning contemporists are able to board the fancy new azimuth 98 leonardo, a 30-meter [101 ft.]  luxury yacht like no other. location: randheli island [noonu atoll].

© cheval blanc