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].
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].
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].
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.
continuing its european expansion, aesop has entered the scandinavian market by opening a signature store in stockholm. the shop is situated in norrmalm, the swedish capital's leading shopping district and home to a vast array of department stores and boutiques. the interior design is the result of a collab between local architecture practice in praise of shadows and swedish artist lies-marie hoffmann, and features an abundance of wood. and for apparent reasons, as the design is inspired by a quirky blend of author jun'ichiro tanizaki's philosophy on aesthetics and the cinematography of renowned nordic directors ingmar bergman and lars von trier.
the controlled shape of the sales counter, sink and bench, and the material's uncontrolled structure - all made by hoffmann of large chunks of elm from nearby woods, and the artist's preferred material for the past few years - reflect the suppressed strength by social norms and human relations of many of their characters. while the back section of the store and the flooring are also made of wood, it's offset by polished walls and a ceiling in a soft beige hue. the new aesop store carries the australian cosmetics brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. to celebrate the opening, aesop commissioned a short film, shot by photographer peter farago and stylist ingela klemetz-farago, which will be shown in-store. location: jakobsbergsgatan 5-9 [norrmalm].
at the beginning of this year ballantine's launched the bar project, a design contest which offered entrepreneurs across france the chance to design his or her own dream bar. well, over 100 designs were submitted, all reviewed by a panel of lifestyle experts which included simon baldeyrou, c.e.o. of deezer france, interior designer laura leonard, artistic director + nightlife connaissuer hirmane abdoulhakime, and mathieu deslandes, marketing director of pernod-ricard. out of three finalists they picked rising mixologist abdou el asfar's design as the winner. entitled l'épicerie, el afsar’s design is inspired by a traditional night market where customers are able to browse its inviting shelves, select their own ingredients and which then form the base of their cocktail of choice. bartenders will then create an innovative whisky cocktail with these ingredients, selecting the most appropriate expression from the ballantine's range to match. the winning bar design has now been recreated on the premises of chacha, a popular club in the st.-honoré area of the city of lights, and will remain open for the next six weeks. location: chacha, 47 rue berger [st.-honoré].
asia society's expertise is multi-faceted, and not surprisingly also includes contemporary art by leading asian artists. opening today at its headquarters in new york city is an exhibition dedicated to nam june paik [1932-2006], the american-korean artist who's generally considered the founder of video art. the nam june paik - becoming robot show is the first major presentation of the artist in town in more than a decade, and explores his visionary use of new technologies, and the lasting impact his contributions have had on the development and appreciation of new media art. the show highlights paik’s lifelong interest in humanizing technology and his prescient view of how technological innovations would become an integral aspect of our daily lives. on display are a number of artworks that have rarely been exhibited or never before shown stateside, in addition to drawings and sculptures from nam june paik's estate and objects and ephemera on loan from the newly formed nam june paik archive. the exhibition focuses on three areas of the artist’s career: paik’s artistic and working methods with an emphasis on his process, his philosophy toward technology, and the intersection of technology and culture [on through jan 4]. location: asia society, 725 park avenue [upper east].
Lester Jones presents Behind The Brand, a series of in-depth studies of international brands and their makers. This feature is foucsed on the long-time Superfuture favuorites Melvin Tanaya and Lyna Ty - who continue to push the boundaries of high quality australian design.
jo sindle and kyle stewart have come a long way. the founding couple of goodhood fame, a directional style emporium which helped to put shoreditch on the global map of cool, have once again stepped up their profile with a brand new flagship in the neighbourhood. tucked away in a little side street, occupying 3,000 sq.ft. spread over two floors, the new store allows the founders to fully showcase their retail vision by way of a wide range of edited men's and women's fashion and lifestyle offerings. known to take matters into their own hands, sindle and stewart designed the store interior themselves. aiming for a welcoming retail setting that would also reflect the intimacy of their smaller previous shop, the goodhood flagship store features separate sections that harmoniously flow together.
at the same time the decor needed to be a statement of heightened sophistication, and more luxurious materials such as marble were introduced in the design. but don't expect anything over the top, the aesthetic is clean and simple with a playful accent here and there. the aforementioned shop sections are grouped by colour, theme or brand, and aim to offer shoppers a direction and help them understand what can work together. as said, this store offers a rather complete range of goods, featuring an impressive mix of directional brands such as junya watanabe, aesop, mm6, norse projects and perks and mini. make sure you drop by if you're hunting for trophies in the neighbourhood. location: 151 curtain road [shoreditch].