london: sidian, ersatz & vanes installation + launch

© other/shop

frieze art fair is back in london, and the excitement resonates across all nooks and crannies, including the city's happening retail arena. it's at other/shop, a quirky emporium in the heart of soho where the event's 11th edition is timely paired with the launch on thu - oct 16 of the fourth issue of supplemental, the periodical of british design trio sidian, ersatz & vanes. in celebration of the launch the designers have commissioned british artist calvin sangster to produce new work that responds to the concepts behind their perception-warping garments for the season, as well as installing new photographic works made in collab with artist tim hattrick and le creative sweatshop from paris. additionally, a limited edition printed sidian, ersatz & vanes x campbell cole tote bag will be released. location: 21 kingly street [soho].

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moscow: timewarp

© timothy mcgurr / 13th witness

legendary urban artist futura is in moscow prepping his first ever exhibition there. born leonard hilton mcgurr in 1955, he emerged as an influential player in new york city's flourishing underground scene of the 1970s and 1980s, and eventually gained a foothold in established art circles because of his distinct style. futura first visited the russian capital in 1984 and was photographed breakdancing on red square by photographer sophie bramley. this particular image went on to symbolize the important historical period, forging cultural ties of sorts between two extremely polarized cold war era cultures. that same year also marked the birth of the futura’s son timothy mcgurr, who exactly 30 years later on, has taken the picture of his father on the very same spot on red square as a professional photographer. opening tue - oct 14 at the shchusev state museum of architecture is timewarp, an aptly named exhibition which presents a body of new work that the artist has created for this show right here at the venue. location: shchusev state museum of architecture, ulitsa vozdvizhenka 5/25 [arbat].

tokyo + osaka: ryuji nakamura installation

© issey miyake

although the master has left the company a little while ago, the issey miyake brand remains a creative force to be reckoned with, especially in japan. churning out various collections each season and maintaining a sizeable network of stores nationwide, it's right here in the homeland where issey miyake arguably is the most popular. among the retail network the so-called elttob tep stores in tokyo [1] and in osaka [2] have a flagship status, and it's here where the splendour of the issey miyake brand is most visible. their interiors are supersleek and they stock all of the brand's men's and women's apparel, accessories, bag and fragrance collections. currently on display at both elttob tep stores are nifty installations by tokyo-based industrial designer ryuji nakamura. made from cardboard, the installation is inspired by the triangle theme of the a/w 2014 collection of the 132 5. issey miyake women's line. the installations serve as a fitting backdrop for the collection in both stores [on through oct 31]. location [1]: 4-4-5 ginza [ginza]. location [2]: 4-11-28 minami senba [minami senba].

© issey miyake

london: bobo social restaurant opening

© bobo social

there's no sign of let up on london's carnivorous front as the proliferation of burger joints continue. there's something fresh about bobo social, less of the pile-it-high, slather-it-on concoctions, these are well crafted patties with a little something extra. positioned as an experimental burger club, the kitchen folk set to work every monday devising their next carnivorous composition. recent weeks have seen zoo favourites like antelope, zebra and camel on the menu cooked over different woods, from silverbirch to maple. these are then artfully placed inside an angel-light buttermilk bun before being branded with a capital b.

side-kicked with truffle salted sweet potato fries or chocolate drizzled bacon and you have a real flavour mashing combo. despite the exotic meats on the table, the cocktail menu is decidedly english with lavender bombs and black basil cosmos. switching the canine for the sweet tooth, the freshly potted desserts are superlative with chocolate mouse doused in a salted caramel puddle and thick sweet and tangy lemon cheesecake. like the moniker suggests bobo [a.k.a. bourgeois-bohemian] social bridges either side of shabby-chic and semi-formal. less of a hangout spot, this is definitely a place to book in a catch up over dinner with pals. location: 95 charlotte street [holborn].

© bobo social

berlin: berlin wonderland

© gestalten / hilmar schmundt [1992]

time surely flies, and the fact that the notorious berlin wall was knocked down 25 years ago proves exactly that. commemorating the event, berlin-based publisher gestalten teams up with photo agency bobsairport for an exhibition that depicts the anarchic years that cemented the german capital’s reputation as a place of extraordinary freedom and creative self-expression. right after the german reunification in 1990, berlin's mitte district was quite the opposite of what it is now, featuring empty streets and a plethora of abandoned buildings. the demise of the former german democratic republic left a vacuum and temporary lawlessness that pulled hordes of artists, punks, squatters and visionaries to the area. opening thu - oct 16 [6pm-10pm] at gestalten space is berlin wonderland - wild years revisited 1990–1996, an exhibition which not only coincides with the annual european month of photography, but also the release of an eponymous publication by gestalten. on display is an interesting selection of photographs from the book - curated by the photo agency's anke fesel and chris keller - that brilliantly documents this era in the german capital's history. the series lays bare that mitte's current status as a leading shopping and gallery district was preceded by something utterly utopian for a handful of subcultures. location: gestalten space, sophienstrasse 21 [mitte].

© gestalten / stefan schilling [1993], bendebiel [1990] and philip von recklinghausen [1990]

amsterdam: men at work store opening

© men at work / photography: ewout huibers

dutch retailer men at work is making a come back of sorts. set up in 1995 and primarily known for its denim offerings, it grew a nationwide network. but the fast expansion eventually came at a price. it wasn't just overexposure, the consumer's changing shopping behaviour and, more importantly, the lack of a modern and appealing identity has forced men at work to drastically change course. a management buy-out by mark hummelburg and jan roelofs, two of the company's board members, has made it happen. a number of outlets have been closed down and the focus now is on its biggest stores across the netherlands.

the new men at work retail formula had been launched earlier this year, but only recently has the retailer revealed its most prominent store. situated at magna plaza, a popular mall in downtown amsterdam, the store occupies a spacious basement unit with a modular configuration. the interior design by mark theeuwes cleverly incorporates the unit's original utlitarian features, and most elements have been dipped in a pristine white hue. this blank canvas forms the backdrop for a series of carefully selected props and custom-made furnishings that all aim to inject a major fun factor in the shopping experience.

the offerings at men at work consist of brands that are popular with a young, if not teen demographic. the denim has obviously remained - mind you, there's lots of it! - and is supplemented by various collections of complimentary brands and styles. now that an appealing retail formula seems to have been found, it'll be interesting to see how the retailer will be further tweaking its offerings to stay relevant to its key demographic in coming years. location: magna plaza, nieuwezijds voorburgwal 182, basement section [centrum].

© men at work / photography: ewout huibers

melbourne: mpavilion opening

© mpavilion / photography: earl carter

the melbourne-based naomi milgrom foundation - is the initiator of the newly opened and rather stunning mpavilion, idyllically set in the lush queen victoria gardens. it's the first of a new series of annual architecture commissions and design events initiated by the foundation, and lauded australian architect sean godsell was commissioned to create the inaugural structure. refined and simple, it measuring 12 x 12 meters and has a glazed roof and fully automated outer skin. the pavilion provides shade and shelter, and also filters the harsh sun.

with support from both the city council and the state government, each year for the next four years a celebrated architect will be asked to design a temporary pavilion at this location. landscape designer paul bangay was commissioned to design the perennial borders surrounding mpavilion, using 3,000 flowering perennials that'll flower throughout the summer. anything but a glittering empty shell, mpavilion is to host a very diverse and free program of cultural activities, ranging from performances and recitals, to workshops, lectures and readings [open through feb 1]. location: queen victoria gardens, st. kilda road [southbank].

© mpavilion / photography: earl carter

los angeles: objects without meaning pop-up store

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headed by designer alexandra michelle, and in collab with creative director andrew hogge, the aesthetic of their fashion label objects without meaning is one that transcends the usually whimsical trends that rule most of the industry, and instead settles for a quirky yet still fashionable style of its own. creating both men's and women's collections, objects without meaning proposes simple, understated silhouettes, crafted in quality fabrics that allow individuals to add personal flair. the label is stocked at leading boutiques nationwide, but has now also launched a pop-up store on the lofty premises of space15twenty in los angeles where fans can snap up pieces from the latest men's and women's collections [open through oct 30]. location: 1520 north cahuenga boulevard [hollywood].

© objects without meaning

seoul: platform place store opening

© platform

platform is a leading retail and wholesale company in seoul. founded little over a decade ago, the company has introduced quite a number of leading foreign lifestyle brands in south korea, and now manages 36 stores and shop-in-shops nationwide. in 2009 it launched platform place, a separate retail entity with a heightened focus on fashion and culture-inspired merchandise that has a certain authenticity and history. gradually expanding, platform place has opened its fourth branch in the dynamic korean capital. the store is situated in the popular shopping district of itaewon where it occupies the ground floor of a lowrise building. the shop interior contrasts sharply with the rather bland façade, featuring walls and a ceiling covered in slabs of sandblasted plywood.

subtle tube lighting divides the vast ceiling into grids, and is paired with rows of spotlights. linoleum in an ivory white hue has been chosen as flooring. furnishings are equally simple and consist of a modular shelving system and modular display tables and cabinets. the new platform place store carries an edited selection of lifestyle goods that caters to the lifestyle of a growing number of young shoppers that prefer quality over quantity, mixing both current and classic styles. the range of goods includes furniture pieces, homeware, kitchenware, tableware, bath amenities, apparel pieces and footwear. currently on the shop's brand list are a string of coveted brands such as saint james, new balance, reigning champ, g.h. bass and soludos. location: 268 itaewon-ro [itaewon].

© platform

rome: diesel flagship store opening

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diesel has done some reshuffling in its retail network in rome, and the outcome resulted in the opening of a new flagship store in the heart of the city. situated at piazza di spagna, an iconic location visited by millions of tourists each year, the italian fashion brand occupies a highly prestigious retail space of 400 sqm. [4,306 sq.ft.] and no less than 11 windows that look out onto the historic square. given this top spot, the store interior has intentionally been luxed up, featuring luxurious materials, shiny finishes and a sophisticated lighting system. the central area of the store presents the diesel main line, in addition to accessories, watches, eyewear and fragrances, all amidst a setting of slatted wooden floors and concrete ceilings. the furniture is marked with natural black iron fittings, black lacquer and chrome details.

diesel being a leading name in denim, there obviously is a denim lounge with a particular focus on models of denim washes. also available is the brand's more exclusive diesel black gold collection. it's showcased in a sleeker setting with polished marble, mirrored walls and chunky modern furniture. in celebration of the store opening, diesel decided to pay homage to the eternal city with a special art installation. in collab with postmatter magazine, berlin-based artist andreas nicolas fischer created a digital installation of 65 led screens that cover the walls and ceiling of the store's entrance hall. showcased for the next three months, the immersive installation is continuously provided with topographic data from the city, resulting in ever-changing patterns on the screens. location: piazza di spagna 12 [tridente].

© diesel - store interior and screen shots of artist andreas nicolas fischer's digital installation