new york: band of outsiders flagship store opening

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it's without a doubt manhattan's most anticipated store opening of the season. we're talking the new band of outsiders flagship in soho. following a much-publicized entrance in tokyo's competitive retail arena late last year, this is a renewed collab with architecture practice lot-ek. the store in new york occupies a 2,400 sq.ft. [223 sqm.] ground floor space - mind you, an equally sizeable section at the back of the store is home to a showroom and offices - and is an extrapolation of sorts of the one in the japanese capital, featuring a similar modularity concept and semi-utilitarian palette. a collection of large custom-made trunks on casters lock to each other to form an elongated display and storage unit that runs the length of the space, accompanied by a gigantic canopy made of road cases hanging overhead.

the dangling structure serves as the main lighting source of the retail space. the very same cases are used along the walls to create a system of hanging racks for the merchandise. the back wall serves as a mural with imagery changing every season. band of outsiders' new outlet carries the brand's full range of men's and women's collections, including the forthcoming footwear collection, and a rotating range of exclusive collab products with other brands. and keeping things very laid-back and very soho is the presence of milk bar's newest outpost on the premises, serving a wide range of its tasty delicacies, with an emphasis on cookies. location: 70 wooster street [soho].

© band of outsiders - designer scott sternberg looking happy

london: the art of skateboarding

© goodhood / design by jiro bevis

in a previous post we talked about goodhood's fancy new flagship store in shoreditch. still very much connected with what's happening in the street, owners jo sindle and kyle stewart have drawn inspiration from this year's edition of the london design festival and are pitching in with a cool event of their own. opening on sat - sep 13 at the store the art of skateboarding, an exhibition which pays homage to a street culture that has spawned a generation of creatives. so, what's the deal? a select group of leading artists and designers have been asked to create special skateboard designs which will all be exhibited at the store during the massive design event. mind you, a special late night event will be held wed - sep 17 [from 7pm] which will also include an auction of the specially crafted decks on display. participating artists include jake + dinos chapman, jiro bevis, french, ornamental conifer and will sweeney. location: goodhood, 151 curtain road [shoreditch].

© goodhood / designs by french, jake + dinos chapman and ornamental conifer [top to bottom]

melbourne: acne store opening

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melbourne's retail scene has been booming for quite some time, and now acne studios joins in with a brand new store at the strand mall. occupying a ground floor unit of 100 sqm. [1,076 sq.ft.], it's the first store down under to feature the swedish brand's new retail aesthetic. conceptualized by acne studios' creative director jonny johannson, the retail setting is divided into intimate sections of perforated aluminium screens, along which sleek clothing racks are attached. walls are covered in shiny steel and paired with linoleum flooring. the shop is sparsely furnished with boxy displays in a matching grey and an occasional contrasting red. the new acne studio store carries the brand's full range of men's and women's apparel, shoes and accessories collections. location: the strand, little bourke street [cbd].

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berlin: gush

© dittrich & schlechtriem / photography: jens ziehe

stefan behlau [1979] is a swiss painter based in berlin and southern california. a graduate of new york city's prestigious pratt institute, behlau has had exhibitions at leading galleries in both the u.s. and germany. opening wed - sep 17 [6pm-10pm] at dittrich & schlechtriem gallery is gush, the artist's very first solo exhibition in the german capital. presented is a series of new works with acrylic paints from nova color, depicting images whose starting point is the colour sample cards of the aforementioned manufacturer. the new works shown at the show eloborate on the behlau's process-based painting practice. this system has remained more or less the same, but has now been restricted to the use of one gallon of a single colour, imposed upon a canvas in black + white tones, and which allows greater - dare we say more seductive? - innovations in colour, form and rhythm. shown here are three fine examples of behlau's latest concoctions. location: tucholskystrasse 38 [mitte].

© dittrich & schlechtriem / photography: jens ziehe

portland: aesop store opening

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as one of the most forward cities on the u.s. west coast, portland boasts a retail landscape to match. and it isn't surprising aesop has decided to set up shop here. the shop is situated on the ground floor of a victorian-style building in the northwest district of town. the interior, created by san francisco-based designer john randolph, conjures the hybrid spirit of traditional apothecary and general store. the repetitive use of hemp fibre is a nod to the city's historic shipping and logging industries. the material was once used to manufacture tents that housed the many loggers and fishermen. walls are covered in quilted maritime canvas and paired with canvas-clad shelving and flooring to offer a unique sensory respite. the new aesop store carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: 827 nw 23rd avenue [northwest district].

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london: +_ plus minus

© naama hofman

with this year's edition of the london design festival coming up, an abundance of interesting events have been programmed at venues across town. part of the official program is +_ plus minus, a creative collab of works by three designers: naama hofman, nir adoni and dave cranmer. the show presents sustainable design and contemporary objects, using an interactive and innovative application of emerging technology. curated by liat chen, the showcase opens thu - sep 11 at the book club in shoreditch. hofman creates objects which contain light, all illuminated by led’s,, which with the help of a minimalist structure, diffuse a soft and even light. nir adoni's work examines the relationship between man and constructed environments. he believes that architecture plays a powerful role in the way we live, and that the space around us dictates our approach and understanding of the world. dave cranmer has been creating electronic and mechanical sculptures since 1998, and at the show a terrifying robotic crow will be shown. the crow appeared in a dream, or rather nightmare, demanding in hideous croaking voice that work should begin on its construction, otherwise there would be severe consequences. location: the book club, 100-106 leonard street [shoreditch].

© dave cranmer + nir adoni

amsterdam: our current obsessions store opening

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creative multi-tasker joachim baan has dipped his toe in many pools, and has along the way garnered a certain degree of fame with his discerning preference for all things well-designed. baan has now taken his operations to a new level, opening a hybrid concept space which showcases a tightly edited selection of what his roving eye has spotted. called our current obsessions, it's a studio, gallery and retail space rolled into one, and situated in the heart of amsterdam's canal district. the whitewashed space is furnished in a mid-century style, mixing vintage pieces with modern elements. interestingly, our current obsessions carries rotating and themed offerings, all hand-picked by the man himself. the inaugural showcase is called noir, and is in fact a collab with gertrud & george. the swiss brand presents a beautifully crafted, 21-piece collection of bags and small leather accessories. all in black, of course. the stellar pieces are supplemented by a string of quirky pickings in the same hue, ranging from cosmetics and scented candles, to books, ceramics and artwork. location: schippersgracht 7 [centrum].

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tokyo: tgraphics

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japanese fashion brand undercover has gained global cult status thanks to the vision of jun takahashi. since its inception in 1990, the brand's creative director has laid a foundation for its current reputation by releasing an edgy series of hand-printed t-shirt designs for friends while still in college. these designs quickly caught the eye of icons in japan's fashion scene, followed by a growing number of fans abroad soon thereafter. currently on at parco museum, the exhibition space of the colossal shibuya parco department store, is tgraphics, an exhibition which not only brings together a selection of original graphic prints, sketches and vintage t-shirts that have been used in undercover collections in the past 25 years, but there'll also be a special t-shirt collection available for sale at the venue [on through sep 23]. location: shibuya parco part 1, 15-1 udagawa-cho, 3rd floor [shibuya]. 

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oslo: paleet mall renewal

© paleet / photography: einar aslaksen

an unprecedented buzz has shaken up sleepy oslo, putting the city's retail landscape on a fast-track to modern lifestyle relevance and bring it a little more in line with the spending power of its inhabitants. mind you, this is the capital city of one of the planet's most affluent nations, but when walking the streets there's little retail evidence that bears witness to it. but that's now going to change. a handful of foreign luxury brands have already set up shop downtown, but the recent reopening of paleet mall can be seen as the official kick-off of a new era of upscale shopping in the city. originally opened in 1990, the mall has been given a thorough make-over by architecture practice jarmund/vigsnæs and a small group of local design experts. the aim was to retain the mall's existing atmosphere, but add a contemporary yet upscale layer, one that would be inviting, fun, and last but not least, reflect its new status as a sophisticated urban lifestyle hub.

architects håkon vigsnæs and einar jarmund have come up with an audacious palette in which copper plays a dominant role. the shiny metal has been applied throughout the premises, adding a warm glow to walls, columns and shop façades, and it even appears in undulating ceiling grids. the shiny splendour is balanced by marble flooring and segments covered in wood. the richness in texture is balanced by demure marble and terrazzo flooring, segments in cedar wood and alternating columns covered in brown leather. a true eye-catcher is a chandelier construction, placed inside the mall's central atrium, and which creates various light scenarios during the day. with its aim to offer the norwegian capital a whole new lifestyle experience, paleet's directory is obviously one of curated shops and hospitality establishments.

the design makes a clear distinction between public areas and stores, emphasizing the latter through architectural markings. so, what can be found here? it's home to almost 30 high-end boutiques, offering men's + women's fashion, shoes and accessories. but stealing the show here at paleet - especially from an international perspective - is newly established concept store yme. a striking retail project with pan-scandinavian ambitions, it offers oslo's demographic of discerning shoppers an entirely new range of options with a tightly edited range of edgy apparel and accessories collections for men, design objects and art, all amidst a setting designed by directional architecture firm snøhetta. adding up to the lifestyle equation are a handful of restaurant concepts, each with a flavour and vibe of their own. location: karl johans gate 37-43 [sentrum].

© paleet / photography: einar aslaksen

global: stan smith special release

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celebrating their long standing relationship with adidas, three leading stores with a global appeal will release a special premium editions of the sportswear giant's iconic stan smith sneaker on wed - sep 10. we're talking barneys, dover street market and colette, three trailblazers in the world of retail. this limited edition all-white sneaker highlights the stan smith's minimal form, with barneys' and colette's logo engraved on the shoe tongue and dover street market's version is discreetly blank, which effortlessly illustrates the full notion of ‘less is more’. named after american tennis player stan smith, it's the signature shoe he wore when reigning the courts in the 1960s and 1970s. mind you, to protect the icon status of the shoe, adidas halted production of the stan smith sneaker at the end of 2011. the shoe returned to market in fall 2013 in a limited edition execution in premium leather. its silhouette has been modernized, but stays true to the sneaker style and classic white and green colourway. this limited edition version of the shoe will be an introduction to the wider release of the stan smith throughout 2014.

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