new york: frequency 528hz

flying under the radar is a new york city-based performance art dance company, trained in variety of disciplines and with an artistic focus that's adventurous to say the least. led by marlon taylor-wiles, it'll be staging a hybrid dance/performance art/video installation piece at the highline loft on jun 23 and 25 [arrive by 7.15pm - performance starts at 7:.30pm] and on jun 26 [arrive by 2.15pm - performance starts at 2.30pm]. entitled frequency 528hz, it's a piece that'll take the viewer on an immersive journey, exploring ideas about human evolution, navigating from our early inception to artificial intelligence and trans-humanism, as well as the mutability of time itself. not surprisingly, it's designed to be progressive, thought-provoking, and even challenging at times. click here to book your ticket at usd 25 each, or at usd 35 each with a fancy flying under the radar tote bag. location: the highline loft, 508 west 26th street [chelsea].

los angeles: rachel comey store opening

© rachel comey / photography: laure joliet

only two years after opening her first boutique in new york city's nolita neighbourhood, fashion designer rachel comey has expanded to the u.s. west coast, opening up shop amidst high-end peers in what arguably is the most coveted pocket for shopping in los angeles. situated in a lowrise red brick building from the late 1940s, the retail space measures 2,600 sq.ft. [approx. 242 sqm.] and features an interior design that seamlessly matches the modern bohemiam style the brand has gained a solid reputation with. a collab effort of architects elizabeth robertslinda taalman and interior designer charles de lisle,

the aesthetic is an extrapolation of the design codes as reflected by the first store in new york city. the palette is meticulously calibrated, and combines a variety of materials and textures, including an exposed wooden ceiling, flooring of concrete terrazzo, a chunky granite-clad trapezoid display, and a cool selection of furnishings, either custom-made or carefully sourced, creating a setting that subtly hints the allure of a well-designed private home. the new rachel comey store carries the brand's full range of women's apparel, shoes, bags and accessories. location: 8432 melrose place [west hollywood].

© rachel comey / photography: laure joliet

online: l.w.a. studio wallets

© l.w.a. studios

as a jack of many creative trades, amsterdam-based daniel archutowski knows a thing or two about design, and he has already made his mark with coveted products in recent years. archutowski's newest concoction is called l.w.a. studio, a premium wallet brand with quality, sustainability and personality at its core. this is not only reflected by its range of well-crafted products, but also by its name, which is derived from the designer's first born. the latter also emphasizes the option to personalize each wallet – we're talking a laser-engraved monogram up to four letters  and elevate ownership to an above average product purchase.

the l.w.a. studio wallets are all hand-crafted in a family-run atelier in portugal, using premium vegetable tanned leather from italy and swiss zipper manufacturer riri. designed to be durable, the products will gain a beautiful patina over time. currently the wallet collection comprises of two timeless unisex models, a zipped wallet and a slim zipped wallet, and both come in a variety of traditional and bright colours. the l.w.a. studio wallets are currently stocked by a number of stores in the netherlands, but if you reside elsewhere they can luckily also be ordered online [international delivery available].

© l.w.a. studios

tokyo: homme plissé issey miyake store opening

© issey miyake

avant-garde fashion brand issey miyake first launched its pleats please line in 1993, offering fashion-forward women a new and innovative sense of style through modern silhouettes created with intricately pleated fabrics. little over two decades later homme plissé was launched, a fashionable equivalent for men with a similar fashion perspective. issey miyake has now pushed this men's line into the global limelight with the opening of a dedicated boutique in daikanyama, a shopping district in tokyo known for its abundance of independent fashion boutiques. situated amidst the neighbourhood's maze of alleyways, the homme plissé issey miyake store occupies a two-storey, and slightly trapezoid, concrete building.

the interior design, created by acclaimed tokyo-based designer naoto fukasawa, makes brilliant use of the building's concrete shell. thin black beams have been inserted, in a different pattern on each floor, and creating an intriguing spatial effect. these beams simultaneously serve as clothing racks. additional furnishings are sparse, and features a single display and a staircase that visually blends into the playful interplay of the aformentioned beams. the new homme plissé issey miyake boutique carries the full range of men's apparel items. location: 19-8 sarugaku-cho, building t2a [daikanyama].

© issey miyake

milan: doubt

© attilio maranzano / carsten höller – doubt installation at pirelli hangarbicocca – courtesy of the artist and pirelli hangarbicocca

german artist carsten höller [1961] gained the global limelight in the 1990s with his multidisciplinary practice that explores the spatial experience of human nature in evocative ways. as such, the artist's work is very often seen as an immersive three-dimensional laboratory, allowing viewers to partake in adventurous environments. currently on at pirelli hangarbicocca, a contemporary arts venue set in an imposing industrial building on the outskirts of milan, is a solo exhibition by höller that not only ticks all our boxes, but also lives up to his artistic reputation. entitled doubt, and curated by vicente todolí, it presents a selection of works both existent and new, including large-scale installations, videos and photographs. interestingly, the showcase is divided into two sections on the expansive premises of pirelli hangarbicocca, and each can be accessed through two different entrances.

upon arrival, visitors have to decide for a colour, green or yellow, before entering the show. once inside, it's a tantalizing visual adventure along two twinned parallel trajectories, each one providing interesting experiences and perspectives of both the works on display, and the opportunity to view the interactions of fellow visitors. the exhibition includes more than twenty large-scale works, including well-known pieces such as zöllner stripes, flying mushrooms, and two roaming beds which have all been shown in previous exhibitions elsewhere [on through jul 31]. and there's one last thing that elevates doubt to a truly immersive adventure: the two roaming beds installation is available for an actual sleepover on fridays and saturdays. so, if you're interested, then click here to make a reservation. location: via chiese 2 [bicocca].

© attilio maranzano / carsten höller – doubt installation at pirelli hangarbicocca – courtesy of the artist and pirelli hangarbicocca

bangkok: aesop store opening

© aesop

amidst bangkok's ongoing retail boom, aesop has made a modest entrance in the thai market, setting up its first retail space at siam paragon, an upscale mall in the heart of the city. situated in the venue's beauty hall, surrounded by a slew of coveted luxury brands, it occupies a 10 sqm. [108 sq.ft.] space, featuring an interior design that was created in collab with melbourne-based architecture practice russell & george. the aesthetic takes cues from elements found in traditional thai buildings, such as stepped details, ordered geometry and multiple eaves, and translated into a tiered cubic structure that seemingly telescopes out from a blackened steel counter. this brass-clad focal point houses a sunken demonstration basin, and references to the gilded surfaces of many of the local temples and palaces. subtly contrasting with the linear design is a beautiful desk lamp by italian fraternal designers achille and pier giacomo castiglione. the new aesop counter carries the full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: siam paragon, 911 thanon rama I, beauty hall [siam].

© aesop

melbourne: the practical man store opening

© the practical man

these days, it's all about style and aesthetics, even when you're breaking sweat. running parallel to that notion, is the ongoing trend that blurs the lines between sportswear and leisurewear, influencing the dress codes and silhouettes of a growing demographic of urban dwellers across the globe. brett webster, simon cozens and jon weller are the three savvy entrepreneurs behind the practical man, an online retail business which anticipates this trend with smart and versatile offerings that look good on any occasion. the trio have a combined background in fitness, fashion wholesale, business development, and technology, and they're now taking their operations to a new level.

the company's first brick and mortar venue has just opened, smack in the middle of melbourne's central business district. the store is set over two floors, and local interior architecture practice tomoya & co. was enlisted to create a matching retail setting. the practical man aims to be a one stop shop for its target demographic, and the chosen look of the store is a seamless extrapolation of its presence online. it's clean, simple, and enables shoppers to easily navigate each section of the store. white is a dominant colour, captured by folded pegboard panels lining the wall, a sales counter and cabinets with a similar aesthetic, and display tables.

both the fluorescent tubes that seem to randomly dangle from the ceiling – but obviously they're not – and the modest splashes of colour, all add a playful element to the understated setting. what's on the shelves of the practical man? the store caters to savvy and fashion-conscious demographic, and as such it stocks a curated range of men's grooming products, activewear, accessories, sneakers and swimwear that can be found in most stores. mind you, both established brands and new labels from across the planet are stocked, resulting in a cool mix of items. currently available are names such as eysom, huez*, reigning champ, the white briefs and brandblack. location: 237-239 flinders lane, shop 4, entrance: off scott alley [cbd].

© the practical man

london: serpentine pavilion 2016

© serpentine galleries / photography: iwan baan

not surprisingly, this year's summer pavilion of serpentine galleries adds up to the preceding range of wonderful structures that have graced the lush greens of london's kensington gardens. danish architecture practice bjarke ingels group was invited to create the structure, and we dare say it has challenged itself by the aim to combine aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that's free-form yet rigorous, modular yet sculptural, and both transparent and opaque. the company's acclaimed chief architect bjarke ingels decided to work with bricks, one of the most basic elements of architecture, but instead of using bricks of stone or clay, he used pultruded fibreglass frames that were first stacked on top of each other, and then pulled apart to intentionally create space in between them.

at the very top the wall appears as a straight vertical line, while at the bottom it has folded open, creating not only an undilating silhouette but also sheltering an evocative meeting place. all through summer, the pavilion will host an elaborate program of art events [open through oct 9]. but that's not all, folks. in tandem with the pavilion and its activities, four newly commissioned summer houses will be exhibited by architecture practices kunlé adeyemi – nlé [amsterdam / lagos], barkow leibinger [berlin / new york], yona friedman [paris] and asif khan [london]location: serpentine galleries, west carriage drive, kensington gardens [kensington].

© serpentine galleries / photography: iwan baan

bangkok: siam discovery store renewal

© siam piwat co. ltd.

with the arrival of new prestigious malls, bangkok's retail landscape has shifted into faster gear, inspiring existing shopping havens to step up their game. another important boost factor is tourism, and this year it's expected that thailand will be welcoming well over 30 million visitors. a large number will be spending some time in the bustling thai capital, and given its increasingly attractive retail infrastructure, they're likely to splurge while shopping as well. of all these visitors, the chinese are the fastest growing contingent, and they're already known in a few other destinations in the region as a force to be reckoned with it comes to shopping quality goods and seeking unique shopping experiences. 

siam piwat has been a major player in the thai retail scene for many years, operating a number of high-end malls and lifestyle retail concepts across bangkok. following a thorough redevelopment scheme that took little over a year to be accomplished, the company recently reopened siam discovery, one of the most prominent stores in its portfolio. the 40,000 sqm. [430,556 sq.ft.] complex first bowed in 1998, and quickly became a regular hangout for the capital's savvy shoppers. aiming to cater even better to the needs of this demographic, the multimillion dollar transformation isn't just a cosmetic one, but has a whole new retail concept at its core.

officially rebaptized siam discovery – the exploratorium, the department store has now more than ever become a place where to find coveted goods amidst a series of inspiring, design-led settings, all created by architecture practice nendo from tokyo. the building's new futuristic façade sets the tone, signalling the transformation from afar, and inside this manifests by way of differently themed floors with curated product sections, and spiced up with branded concessions. the first three floors are dedicated to fashion, beauty and lifestyle accessories, while the upper two floors showcase homeware and specialty stores, and even a spa.

obviously, siam discovery also has a few retail firsts up its sleeve. nike has opened southeast asia's only concept store on the premises, stocking a coveted range of products, including new tech products which are available here ahead of other locations. sportswear peer adidas is present as well, fetauring an interactive store concept with exclusive collections made available for fans. from the fashion front there's world of issey miyake, the first concept store outside japan by, yes indeed, issey miyake, and a flagship store by comme des garçons. leading design brands hay, tom dixon and kartell have also set up shop on the premises, and obviously, that's not all.

given the size and variety of the products, it's not hard to imagine the offerings feature over 5,000 international and local brands. siam discovery cleverly anticipates the digital age and the plugged-in lifestyle of today's shoppers by empowering them through digital technology to make statements about their preferences and experiences. an expansive digital wall which allows shoppers to feature their personal instagram accounts, bears witness to this.adding up to an elevated shopping experience are food and beverage outlets integrated within the various retail and activity areas. mind you, more than 2,500 sqm. [26,910 sq.ft.] are dedicated to such establishments across the entire building. location: 989 thanon rama I [siam].

© siam piwat co. ltd.

hong kong: joyce x ren hang

© joyce / ren hang

he may be living in one of the planet's most restrictive countries, but that doesn't deter cult photographer ren hang [1987] from making saucy frontal nude shots, a style that has established himself as an icon of chinese youth culture, but also evoked the rage of censor-happy authorities. the audacious lensman has now struck a deal with hong kong-based luxury retailer joyce, which will feature a selection of his work in windows of its three stores in the city. depicted are a number of portraits and nude still life photographs, all framed and interspersed with props, and presented as a full-fledged installation [on through mid-june]. location [1]: new world tower, 16-18 queen's road, ground floor [central]. location [2]: pacific place, 88 queensway, shop 232 [admiralty]. location [3]: harbour city, 3-27 canton road, shop g106 [tsim sha tsui].

© joyce / ren hang