delhi: echo

© zacharie rabehi - delhi sultanate on the decks

wild city is a delhi-based online platform which showcases alternative music from india, south asia and other places around the planet. but this unique organization it's also active offline, and regularly interacts with its fanbase through a schedule of events. for an upcoming event on fri - apr 17 [9pm-late] at antisocial, the peeps at wild city collaborate with bassfoundation roots' front man and dubstep icon dj delhi sultanate, dj alter state and dj moniker for echo, the indian capital's only club night dedicated to tracing the journey of sound system culture right from the early days of dub and roots to modern day dubstep. all three deejays deliver a distict sound that's infused with early dancehall and reggae, celebrating its roots while each blends in a modern style of his own. a lot of effort will go into providing a matching sound system that's able to fully convey the specific beats and creating a cool party setting. don't miss! location: antisocialhauz khas village, 9a + 12 above smoke house delhi [hauz khas].

milan: maison margiela store opening

© maison margiela

maison margiela has opened a new boutique in milan – mind you, it's the brand's third outpost in this leading fashion capital – and this time it's entirely dedicated to the women's collections. the store is situated on via sant'andrea in the prestigious duomo quarter, smack in the middle of flagships by luxury peers. occupying 300 sqm. [3,229 sq.ft.] spread over two floors, the setting of the store is in full compliance with maison margiela's quirky-luxe retail aesthetic and blends in the many original details of the historic building. the haussmannian ceilings, classic molded cornices, moldings, mirrors, leather strips, lacquered rails and trompe l’oeil are fused to create an adventurous mix of modern and classic designs.

the wood-skin flooring – an innovative malleable product of which a new and very thin version with handmade inlays has been especially conceived for the boutique, to reinterpret original pavements in mareuil and cabochon marble – as can be seen on the ground floor, and not only on the floor, beautifully ties in all these elements. it's amidst this dramatic setting where the womenswear and accessories are presented, while on the first floor, a suite is dedicated to maison margiela's artisanal haute couture collection and the full range of women's footwear. to mark the 54th salone del mobile and the opening of the boutique, maison margiela will also unveil its exclusive collaboration with wood-skin. location: via sant'andrea 5 [duomo].

© maison margiela

london: skate girls of kabul

© jessica fulford-dobson

girls on skateboards may not be a novelty where you're from, but they are in afghanistan, a country where the fair sex is often confronted with restrictions and obstacles that block them from education and participation in society. in 2013 and 2014 british photographer jessica fulford-dobson visited the skateistan projects – an award-winning non-governmental organization which innovatively combines skateboarding with educational programs in afghanistan, cambodia and south africa – in the afghan cities of kabul and mazar-i-sharif. on this occasion she met many young girls from deprived backgrounds and displaced families who all participated in skateistan's after-school program to learn how to skate and receive schooling.

the photographs that fulford-dobson took are to be displayed at an exhibition, entitled skate girls of kabul, and which opens on wed - apr 15 [10am-1pm] at saatchi gallery in london. presented are a series of compelling portraits of these young afghan girls with their decks during practice, all oozing a newly found confidence and a drive to succeed. coinciding with the show, publishing house morland tate will be publishing an eponymous book, obviously containing the photographer's portraits, but also a foreword by legendary skater tony hawk. location: saatchi gallery, duke of york's hq, king's road [knightsbridge].

© jessica fulford-dobson

tokyo: narita airport terminal 3 opening

© kenta hasegawa

welcome to muji airport. well, it's narita airport actually, tokyo's longtime international gateway. the airport has won back some of the limelight that rival haneda airport – very favourably situated on the city's doorstep with a range of hailed facilities and a regained number of key international routes – has been gloriously basking in for the past few years. but there's one thing that narita airport has always excelled in: plenty of space. in anticipation of further liberalization of japan's airline sector and the floods of passengers that are expected to arrive for the 2020 summer olympics, the air hub played its trump card and opened a brand new terminal earlier this week. and not surprisingly, it's dedicated entirely to low-cost carriers, a fast-growing market segment as just about anywhere else on the planet today.

situated north of the existing terminal 2 and conveniently connected by an enclosed walkway, the new terminal 3 boasts a compatible interior void of any frills, and one where the focus is clearly on functionality and efficiency. operator narita airport authority enlisted tokyo-based creative agency party for the interior design. restricted by a limited budget, party's design team cleverly came up with a sports-inspired theme that would give passengers a fun experience despite the lack of usual facilities that most airport terminals have. so, instead of moving walkways running tracks were implemented, and clear and beautifully designed signage replaces illuminated signs.

and this is also where muji comes into the picture. well-known for its no-frills aesthetic, the brand was picked to provide all furnishings, and there's a lot of it. no less than 400 muji sofas dot the premises on both the landside and airside of the terminal, in addition to a large number of its equally simple and sturdy wooden dining tables and chairs for the building's restaurant sections. terminal 3 is currently used by low-cost carriers jetstar, vanilla air, spring airlines and jeju air, serving mostly destinations across japan, in addition to hong kong, taipei, kaohsiung, seoul, jeju, cairns, brisbane and melbourne. but as japan's airline sector is gradually opening up, the number of destinations served from terminal 3 is expected to see a steep rise in the near future. location: terminal 3, 1-1 furugome [narita airport].

© kenta hasegawa

global: herschel supply spring 2015 travel collection

© herschel supply

herschel supply has added a new item to its spring 2015 travel collection: the carry-on trade and long haul trade large. available in black with four-wheeled mobility and high quality retractible handles, these items join the durable ten-piece line. but there's much more to choose from, folks. also fresh for this season is the four-wheeled parcel xl long haul soft case. the desert stargazing-inspired polka dot is a new print offering for spring, with army as a solid seasonal tone. from the chapter travel kit to the popular highland carry-on and unique outfitter duffle, the travel collection is detailed with full grain leather zipper pulls and identification slots, along with herschel supply’s signature striped fabric liner. the spring 2015 travel collection is available at select stores across the planet, but can also be ordered online [delivery within the u.s., canada and mexico only]. 
 

© herschel supply

seoul: études studio pop-up stores

© études studio - the pop-up store at beaker

the boys of études studio know a thing or two about design, but they also love to dip their toe in retail. following a number of pop-ups on either side of the atlantic they inaugurated their first pemanent store in the happening marais district of paris with, you guessed right, another sleek pop-up. it's clearly something they love to engage in as not one but two new pop-up stores are currently wooing shoppers in seoul. one was set up at one of the flagship stores of beaker [1] – a popular retailer with a huge appeal among a young demographic – in the hannam-dong area [open through apr 16] while the other is situated south of the han river at luxury department store galleria's apgujeong branch [2].

although each location serves a somewhat different clientele, they both carry the full range of études studio's s/s 2015 mxism collection, in addition to a number digital infused pieces, and last but not least, the latest capsule collection created with gothenburg-based artist mårten lange. and although the settings are somewhat different, both pop-up stores feature a similar design aesthetic that was first introduced at a temporary showcase at printemps hommes in paris earlier this year. location [1]: beaker, 738-36 hannam-dong [yongsan-gu]. location [2]: galleria, 343 apgujeong-dong [apgujeong].

© études studio - the pop-up store at galleria

antwerp: dries van noten. inspirations

© momu

following a much-publicized showcase last year at the musée des arts décoratifs in paris, the dries van noten. inspirations exhibition is now in full swing at momu in antwerp. it's the first time that the designs of dries van noten, a member of the renowned antwerp six which put belgian fashion on the global map, are featured in an exhibition. but this not just another exhibition, no sir. exploring the designer's artistic focus and abundance of references, and also his creative process, the show combines fashion design with the world of decorative and fine arts in order to illustrate the van noten’s distinctive techniques and stylistic vocabulary. on display are beautifully arranged settings which juxtaposes pieces from van noten's many collections within referential contexts which very often contain original art works by artists yves klein, damien hirst, cecily brown, hubert duprat, pablo picasso and mark rothko [on through jul 19]. location: momu, nationalestraat 26 [centrum].

© momu

tokyo: blue bottle café opening

© takumi ota

we talked about blue bottle's recent arrival in tokyo in a previous post, bringing its lauded coffee expertise to a one of the planet's most discerning markets. but while the company set up its first café annex roastery, preparations for a second outpost in aoyama, a leafy shopping district across town, were already in full swing. situated right above the well-known zucca boutique, it has now opened its 189 sqm. [2,034  sq.ft.] premises to eager shoppers in the neighbourhood. architect jo nagasaka of tokyo-based schemata architects once again designed the interior, presenting a similar minimalist palette that ingeniously incorporates the building's concrete shell.

a full-fledged service station and sales counter is situated in the corner, opposite the entrance and rows of floor-to-ceiling windows that allow in floods of daylight. further emphasizing the minimalist focus of the interior design are the selected furnishings: an elongated communal table is paired with stools, and an adjacent seating arrangement consists of smaller tables and an area filled with boxy ottomans. wooden flooring near the entrance aims to balance the austerity, and this particular section – catering to the coffee-to-go crowd – is furnished with matching circular benches and displays. location: matsuda building, 3-13-14 minami aoyama, second floor [aoyama].

© takumi ota

online: batman limited edition collection

© moleskine

geez, we like this! moleskine launches the moleskine batman limited edition collection, featuring no less than five notebooks that have iconic superhero batman on the cover. to celebrate the release, grammy-nominated director edson oda created a 60-second short film that brings the seedy underbelly of gotham city alive on the pages of these moleskine notebooks. and while batman adorns the cover, the ivory-coloured pages inside the notebooks are for sketching your own concoctions of the batsuit, sinister cityscapes or perhaps a new megalomaniacal villain? each notebook comes with a different cover design, an illustrated gotham cityscape printed on the endpaper, and themed stickers are contained in the back pocket. and obviously, they have all the moleskine hallmarks, such as rounded corners, elastic closure and the expandable inner pocket. the moleskine batman limited edition collection can be pre-ordered now for delivery after thu - apr 15. fancy one? then click here to order yours.

tokyo: aesop store opening

© aesop / photography: takumi ota

following a retail installation two years ago, aesop returns to tokyo midtown mall to set up shop. occupying a compact 25 sqm. [269 sq.ft.] unit on the second floor of the upscale complex, the store represents a new collab with japanese practice torafu architects. the retail aesthetic is inspired by the linearity and meticulous ordering seen in traditional laboratories, and reference the scientific rigour that forms an integral part of the australian cometics brand's vision and approach to product formulation. the focal point of the design is a combined sales counter and demonstration sink, crafted from stainless steel. it's paired and with a suspended shelving system in the same material, and which pretty much covers all three walls. a striking feature are three custom-blown spherical glass bulbs that dangle from the ceiling and provide water during client consultations. the new aesop store carries the brand's full range of skin, hair and body care products. location: tokyo midtown, 9-7-4 akasaka, second floor [roppongi].

© aesop / photography: takumi ota