amsterdam: twin peaks screening

to celebrate the closure of faceless - an exhibition which explores the ongoing trend in art, fashion and media to hide, alter or mask the face - the people at mediamatic throw a fun party on sat - apr 12 [8pm-12am]. and they do so in matching dystopian style with the screening of twin peaks. the epic television series created by david lynch and mark frost first aired in the u.s. in 1990, and not only became one of the top-rated shows of the year but gained a huge cult following abroad as well. it will provide the perfect backdrop for the finale, highlighting the fragmentation of character through cinema. there'll be an array of food and drinks, in addition to beats by dj nicks a.k.a. butterfly. mind you, he'll be mixing eclectic electro with a multitude of samples from the renowned twin peaks series. location: mediamatic, v.o.c. kade 10 [centrum].

photo: the black lodge from the twin peaks series

tokyo: todd snyder store opening

© todd snyder / photography: tohru yuasa

things are going well for new york-based menswear designer todd snyder. previously honing his skills at both ralph lauren and j.crew, he decided to launch his own brand in 2011. after opening up shop in nolita, he has followed up a previous pop-store by boldly planting a flag in tokyo's boutique-infested shibuya neighbourhood. the permanent store measures 1,200 sq.ft. [112 sqm.], spread over three floors of a modern structure. dubbed the townhouse in good preppy fashion, the store interior references a classic tailor shop, and modern elements and materials are paired with a curated range of vintage props to reinforce the design concept.

the ground floor presents a selection of sought-after goods, including shoes by alden and tricker's, moscot shades and aesop cosmetics. and there actually is a tailor shop on the premises, it's situated on the top floor of the store, alongside a whiskey bar serving stumptown coffee. the basement section references the store in new york and boasts a vintage sportswear aesthetic. the new store in the japanese capital is a collab with a local wholesale company and plans are already underway to add more stores nationwide and across asia in the future. location: 6-18-14 jingumae [shibuya].

© todd snyder / photography: tohru yuasa

seoul: blue hours

© kukje gallery / gimhongsok - untitled

opening today at kukje gallery in seoul is an exhibition by korean contemporary artist gimhongsok [1964]. entitled blue hours, it's the artist's second show at the venue and presents a body of new work from his acclaimed series of mop painting series, as well as new drawings that explore time and labour through the accumulation of marks on paper by using the fine tip of either a ball-point pen or a delicate brush. all the are part of gimhongsok’s ongoing project people objective which he started in 2011, but this show also sees the introduction of their new group, being hourly art. interestingly, the artist deploys day laborers and part-time students to produce his artwork, thereby challenging the value of art and the socio-economic environment that supports its proliferation. the exhibition's title in fact alludes to manual work, and speaks directly to his personal interest in the social hierarchy of labour and the market forces that assign value.

by turning the formula that equates an artist’s industry with marketable goods, gimhongsok’s proxy labourers follow his instructions to create art based solely on their labor-for-hire, explicitly critiquing the commodification of aesthetics, as well as the model in which an artist can employ surrogates to create his or her own art. this critique is poignantly illustrated in works such as mop-131014, one of the primary artworks on display. one important factor in gimhongsok’s conceptual framing of blue hours is the creation of a 'relationship' between the artist and the hired labourer. this showcase at kukje gallery aims to lay bare how contemporary society defines and values artwork and how this shifting definition reflects greater shifts in social values [on through may 11]. location: 54 samcheong-ro, pavilion k2 [sogyeok-dong].

© kukje gallery / gimhongsok - untitled (112 hours) and mop-131208

berlin: andreas murkudis store opening

© bikini berlin

this past week the buzz in berlin is all about the city's new concept mall: bikini berlin. accommodated in a beautifully redeveloped 1950s chunk of real estate, the elaborate project is anchored by a design hotel, a movie theater and a string of tightly curated shops. retailer andreas murkudis is a hailed retailer who has longtime been an influencer with his meticulously crafted store concepts. when murkudis audaciously opened his expansive concept store in 2011, he propelled the german capital straight into the league of must-go shopping destinations. only a few blocks away from that much publicized store andreas murkudis has embarked on a new project and is one of the chosen few to have opened up shop at bikini berlin. in fact he has opened two shops. similarly to the initial concept store, the smaller satellite one has been designed by architecture practice gonzalez haase. and although the setting is very different, the stunning minimalist resemblance is evident.

the interior design incorporates the buildings concrete shell and its visual interplay of utility pipes, and subtly blends in a series of discreet interventions. these are furnishings made from a number of mostly inconspicuous materials, making up a palette of understated beauty. sleek linear fixtures, lining the ceiling in suspended rows add a stunning touch. murkudis' other shop is called am+, and is separately designed by german architect ludwig jenssen. it will cater to a younger client base with a specific range of brands. the two stores carry men's + women's apparel, shoes, accessories, cosmetics and design objects. the combined brand list features a good mix of coveted fashion labels such as dries van noten, a.p.c., maison martin margiela, valextra and orlebar brown. location: bikini berlin, budapesterstrasse 38-50 [tiergarten].

© gonzalez haase / photography: thomas meyer

milan: urbem

© michael franke

it's that time of the year again that the planet's design community descends upon milan to showcase its finest, newest and most advanced. one of the participating creatives in this year's edition of the salone del mobile is christopher jenner. the london-based designer will present the so-called urbem collection of eight light fixtures in a visually arresting installation at area sciesa. the lamp designs take cues from the late 19th century milanese street lighting, and jenner employs the era’s profound industrial and technological ambition to devise an emotive collection of contemporary lighting. the designs measure 400mm x 600mm and are crafted from handmade triple layered opal with glass shades. each model features a crafted chain which integrates the power source with design, a hand crafted aesthetic married which fulfils modern-day requirements. the installation aims to project the effects of an ever-changing electrical storm, presenting the urbem collection in a visually immersive display through the use of wireless led and a reflective stainless steel vortex [on through apr 13]. location: area sciesa, via amatore sciesa 3 [porta vittoria].

© michael franke

new york: gilded lily bar opening

© gilded lily

okay, so you're way too young to have lived the debaucherous golden age of disco, when making a grand entrance on a white mare was almost customary and partying hard until the break of dawn on weekdays was pretty much a rule. well, you've got another shot at gaining instant dance floor stardom and all the perks that come with it. we're talking the opening of gilded lily, a happening and rather glitzy - and we mean that literally - late night haunt in chelsea. the club is the latest venture of lisle richards and eric marx, a duo who've already made their mark on nightlife in the big apple with a number of eye-catching eateries. mind you, one of their other new venues sits right atop this bar.

they enlisted new york-based agency roman and williams which designed a mischievously o.t.t. interior with an industrial edge, and infused it with a shiny gold hue. and that includes the specially designed fixtures, leather sofas and even floors. gilded lily's absolute decoration showstopper is this gigantic spiky chandelier, synced to the deejay's pulsating beats and with a sunken dance floor below. obviously, there's a state-of-the-art sound system with gilded speakers to match. and speaking of music, the club also aims to revive some the fun and glam of the hedonistic heyday of the disco era in that department. needless to say gilded lily pulls a crowd that instinctively knows how to party. you better practice your dance moves. location: 408 west 15th street [chelsea].

© gilded lily

global: gucci s/s 2014 sunglasses

© gucci

gucci's new range of s/s 2014 sunglasses ticks all of our boxes. both for men and women, the models blend a sophisticated sense of italian style - or should we say la bella figura - with advanced technology. each frame has a patented ultra-lightweight construction, and is paired with high-quality lenses in beautiful exotic shades. the gucci touch is evident in the design: classic, functional and effortlessly chic, making them pretty easy to flaunt at any occasion and compatible with any style mood you're in. the pilot-shaped unisex shades combine a masculine allure with a modern bright colour palette. as with the sunglasses for women, all the lenses feature a distinctive mirrored blue reflective effect.

the available colour combinations are yellow lenses with a dark ruthenium frame, lilac lenses with a red gold frame, green lenses with a ruthenium frame, orange lenses with a dark ruthenium frame, brown lenses with a gold frame, and smoke lenses with a dark ruthenium frame. the gucci logo is printed on the lenses and subtly engraved on the temples. there's also a softly rounded minimal design with a glam twist for women. the colours of the lenses highlight the eyes behind them for a seductive come hither look, and all have a mirrored blue reflective effect. obviously, there are quite a few colour combinations to choose from. there are yellow lenses with a dark ruthenium frame, lilac lenses with a red gold frame, green lenses with a ruthenium frame, orange lenses with a dark ruthenium frame, pink lenses with a palladium metal frame, brown lenses with a gold frame, and smoke lenses with a dark ruthenium frame.

the gucci logo is printed on the lenses and subtly engraved on the temples. for girls seeking to make a bold style statement this summer, the rectangular-shaped mask model is the obvious choice. it comes with bright lenses that add full-on glamour to the cutting-edge design: lilac with blue flash on red gold frames, yellow with blue flash on dark ruthenium frame, green with blue flash on ruthenium frame, pink with blue flash on palladium frame, brown flash on gold frames and black flash on dark ru-thenium frame. the bridge is embellished with a natural bamboo detail, an iconic gucci detail which reflects the luxury brand’s philosophy of fusing tradition and innovation. the gucci logo is printed on the lenses and subtly engraved on the temples.

© gucci

moscow: ts.d.l. restaurant renewal

© ts.d.l. restaurant / photography: mark boyarskiy

the central house of writers - or tsentralnaya dom literatov in russian - is a beautiful mansion in art nouveau style in downtown moscow. originally built for count olsufiev, an aristocrat who served as a general under tsar nicholas II, the russian revolution imminently changed its purpose from a stately residence into a shelter for the homeless and then an orphanage. but in 1932 the russian state made it the new headquarters of the union of soviet writers, a creative union of professional writers instigated by the central committee of the communist party. it's widely believed that russian writer lev tolstoy [1828–1910] used this mansion as a model for the rostov home in his legendary novel war and peace. the central house of writers has longtime managed a fine dining restaurant + bar and occupying one of the mansion's ornate, high-ceiling rooms on the premises.

simply called ts.d.l. restaurant - an acronym in russian for tsentralnaya dom literatov - the illustrious space and its cuisine have recently been given a bold makeover. the people behind savvy muscovite dining establishment ragout took over the creative reign and decided it was time to adapt the place to modern times, but with full consideration of the rich historical setting. moscow-based creative agency wowhaus came up with a seemingly simple and effective solution by juxtaposing the original elements with almost equally ornate modern design. a band of back-lit plastic panelling, featuring a dotted motif and a repetitive cut-out pattern, has been placed atop the historic wooden paneling. matching partitions made from a similar material create separate restaurant sections, not only adding up to more visual drama but also creating an increased sense of intimacy.

the furniture adds further contemporary extravaganza, most notably the multitude of sleek white cushioned chairs. and while the room's original crystal chandeliers have been retained, tubular-shaped modern light fixtures have been added. an entirely new menu has been conceptualized by chef taras kiriyenko and brand manager alexei zimin, both of ragout. so, what's cookin' at this audaciously reinvented place? as a nod to the mansion's history an array of classic russian dishes is served at the renewed ts.d.l. restaurant, all prepared in a modern way and with the use of select foreign ingredients that give a subtle fusion twist. the menu equally lists meat, fish and poultry. and with all that sumptuous food there's also plenty of imported quality wines to choose from. location: central house of writers, povarskaya ulitsa 50-53 [presnenskiy].

© ts.d.l. restaurant / photography: mark boyarskiy

bangkok: sticks

© we*go gallery / photography: vigfús birgisson

brynjar sigurðarson is an icelandic designer based in lausanne. following an education in his homeland sigurðarson relocated to switzerland where he graduated in product design from the city's renowned ecal institute. for a project back home sigurðarson embarked on a month-long trip to the remote village of vopnafjörður to interact with local craftsmen, such as farmers, fishermen, knitters and a shark hunter. the products which spawned from this research were furniture objects with no defined functions. all the methods, materials, forms and colours used in the furniture objects were all the result of this trip. for example, a method used in most of the details was passed on by the shark fisherman. when the designer visited him, the fisherman was preparing nets for the 100-day lumpfish season, using a netting needle and a nylon string. 

sigurðarson learned the methods and this became the focal point of the project. he has now revisited the project, adding a collection of sticks that will be presented at an exhibition opening that's currently on at we*go gallery in bangkok. like sigurðarson's original furniture objects, the sticks have no defined function. sticks are part of everyone's childhood and the element of play is always present around them. the new series of sticks is a product of spark design space in reykjavík and made in mahogany, oak and Icelandic birch, combined with nylon strings, chains, hooks, fox tail, fish skin, pebble stones and other typically icelandic fishing materials [on through end of april]. location: 79 thonglor 8, sukhumvit soi 55 [sukhumvit].

© we*go gallery / photography: vigfús birgisson

manila: carven store opening

© homme et femme

revived in 2009, fashion brand carven is making new strides in the fashion galaxy thanks to its creative director guillaume henry. along with a good fashion reviews and an increasing contingent of fans of distinct parisian style comes a growing network of dedicated carven boutiques. and as asia is global retail's new frontier, it's in this part of the world where any leading fashion brand's expansion is eyeing expansion. homme et femme, a well-established high-end retailer in the greater manila area, has now introduced the french label to the booming philippine market with a store of its own. the carven boutique occupies a ground floor unit at shangri-la plaza, an expansive mall complex in the upscale mandaluyong district of the capital.

the boutique's minimalist interior beckons from afar by way of a row of dangling lightbulb that line the floor-to-ceiling glass façade. walls are dipped in a pristine white hue and adorned by life-size photographs of carven's new summer campaign and a neon sign, and paired with wooden flooring. furnishings are equally simple, consisting of clothing racks in sleek black metal, display tables in similar material and wood, and a sturdy, cubic sales counter. the new carven store carries the brand's men's and women's apparel, shoes and accessories collections. an exclusive opening party was held, pulling a bubbly blend of manila's savvy fashion pack and media invitees. location: shangri-la plaza mall, shaw boulevard, level 1 east wing [mandaluyong].

© homme et femme