amsterdam: donald baechler – new works

© donald baechler + reflex gallery

american artist donald baechler [1956] is part of a generation with quite a few legendary contemporaries, but unlike most of them, he's still quite productive, creating works with a surprisingly youthful feel. the artist receive formal training at new york city's prestigious cooper union and the equally renowned städelschule in frankfurt. baechler is to have a solo exhibition at amsterdam's reflex gallery, opening at its canal district venue on fri – sep 16. the artist's ongoing exploration of characters and topics from his youth continues to contribute to the signature style he's developed, and that'll also be evident in the works on display. all new works, the range of colourful canvases – mind you, it'll be baechler's first ever show in the netherlands – depict a motley collection of seemingly random objects, ranging from skull and flowers, to globes and ice cream. considering himself a collector of visual impressions, baechler poured his vast archive into a vocabulary that's all his own. on the occasion of this exhibition, a special monograph will be presented at the opening, in attendance of the master himself. location: weteringschans 79a [centrum].

© donald baechler + reflex gallery

new york: icp museum opening

© skidmore, owings & merrill / photography: saul metnick

photo buffs from around the globe have been able to find the international center of photography's midtown premises blindfolded, but as of late they need to adjust their navigation. although still based there, the institute has relocated its gallery space to brand new premises in nolita. called the icp museum, it occupies the ground floor and basement of a residential building, featuring an interior design that's concocted by architecture practice skidmore, owings & merrill. the venue's design intentionally signals an openness that's obvious from afar by way of its large floor-to-ceiling windows framed by thick stainless steel that not only allow generous views of the ground floor, but also seemingly connect with the street and its hustle and bustle. up front the very visible maman café + bakery is situated which spills into icp museum's front gallery. a large rear gallery lies deeper inside the building, while a lower gallery in the basement is only accessible by elevator and stairway. the interior ooze an slight industrial vibe as ceilings and utility pipes are exposed, and offset support colums in concrete finish. key features allow the icp museum to exhibit work in many ways, and ceiling-mounted power grids in all galleries enable flexible and precise lighting. location: 250 bowery [nolita].

© skidmore, owings & merrill / photography: saul metnick

online: dior – tales of the wild

© dior

this month dior is launching an expanded dior sauvage men's grooming line. at the very core is the renowned fragrance, which is now also available in a larger 200 ml size. the launch is an evocative one as it's accompanied by tales of the wild, a series narrated by none other than the face of dior sauvage, actor johnny depp. the footage depict the extraordinary journeys of four men from different corners of the planet who embody the philosophy of the sauvage fragrance. filmed on location in 16mm anamorphic in extreme conditions, directors clément bauvais and arthur de kersauson captured the authenticity of each man's character in these four visually stunning documentary shorts. and that's not all. dior counters across stateside will feature a sauvage shazam map that allows customers to watch each video on their smart phone by scanning the icon for each video. 

amsterdam: hermès shop-in-shop reopening

© hermès / photography: barbara kieboom

these past few years, de bijenkorf has been on a roll. an accelerated roll, to be precise. it has been a fixture in amsterdam's retail landscape for many decades, but it took new foreign ownership to reinvent itself and transform into a department store as iconic as the usual suspects in the retail arenas of london, paris, new york and tokyo. de bijenkorf's new cloak is one of unprecedented luxe, and in such a way it's likely educating a few seasoned dutch shoppers. situated in the heart of town smack on dam square, the ground floor obviously is its main showcase. infused with slabs of white marble, it's here where a select number of luxury brands have been granted a shop-in-shop, and not surprisingly, hermès made the cut. the french house had been present with a boutique on the premises ever since the department store traded up, but has relaunched its presence now that the ground floor refurbishment nears completion.

the marble façade obviously comes with the territory, but the interior is a another concoction of paris-based architecture practice and longtime hermès collaborator rdai. a large open entrance and similar floor-to-ceiling window lend the space a light and airy feel that's further enhanced by an uncluttered configuration. the store's furnishings are obviously custom-made, comprising of polished timber cabinets, shelving and paneling, paired with flooring of a lighter wood and signature mosaic pattern. the reopened hermès shop-in-shop carries the brand's full product range, including men's and women's apparel, accessories and shoes, in addition to jewellery and watches, equestrian gear, and even china. location: de bijenkorf, dam 1, ground floor [centrum].

© hermès / photography: barbara kieboom

são paulo: home gilda midani collection

© gilda midani

a true jack of all trades, gilda midani has dipped her toe in many a creative pool across the planet, before embarking on a trajectory as a fashion designer. with a penchant for lanky, loose-fitting silhouettes and quirky fabrics, the brazilian quickly carved a name for herself in forward fashion circles with both women's and men's collections .and now, decade after establishing the gilda midani label, the designer boldly extrapolates her vision into the realm of lifestyle with a home collection. called the home gilda midani collection, it's officially launched today [3pm-8pm] at the gilda midani boutique in são paulo. given midani's avid interest in fabrics, it's not surprising that each item reflects not only a meticulous research in both textiles and dyes, but also an artisanal allure. 

the collection comprises of bed linens, made from premium cotton, available in both a motif of moody spots and in a more frivolous polychrome version, inaddition to double-sided quilts and pillows, and to top it off a matching robe is thrown in as well. there's also a beautiful range of table cloths with matching placemats and napkins, all made from blends of organic cotton, linen, and flax. and that's still not all. as the kitchen is the heart of every home and home cooking a fave pastime of many, the home gilda midani collection indulges in that department as well, featuring handpainted porcelain trays, bowls. cups and spoons. store location: rua oscar freire 236 [jardim paulista].

© gilda midani

singapore: off-white store opening

© off-white

there's no stopping off-white's push in the far east as yet another outpost opened in singapore. the cult fashion brand of creative multi-tasker virgil abloh has struck a sensitive chord with the region's demographic of streetstyle aficionados, and clearly builds on the momentum, and it's just two months since the brand made a much-publicized entrance in tokyo's highly competitive retail arena. interestingly, off-white avoids generic retail concepts, and as a consequence the store, officially named off-white 'windows', looks intriguingly different from previously opened outposts. abloh once again enlisted architects oana stanescu and dong-ping wong of new york city-based practice family to create a fitting retail setting, and if you ask us, they succeeded with flying colours.

the boutique is situated at 268 orchard road, at a newly opened shopping mall of the same name. occupying a 140 sqm. [1,507 sq.ft.] ground floor unit, the store lives up to its official name – and concept for that matter – as it's fully walled with cut-outs in the outer shell on streetside that allow a glimpse of its austere, concrete-infused interior. inside, shoppers first come across an empty corridor that doubles as an event and exhibition space, before entering a similarly constructed inner sanctum that's lined with off-whiite's latest pieces showcased on matching clothing racks of shimmering galvanized steel. a small chamber is situated on one side of the retail space, and presents even more apparel pieces, in addition to the brand's equallly coveted shoes and accessories range. location: 268 orchard road, shop 01-01 [orchard east].

© off-white

online: bugaboo boxer

© bugaboo

don't get us wrong, we lurrrrrve to travel. but the thought of schlepping heavy pieces of luggage around is simply depressing, and we're quite sure you feel the same way. dutch company bugaboo – yes indeed, of global stroller fame – has opened up a new avenue, and an innovative one at that, and introduces a new modular luggage system that fully anticipates smart travel. smart as in adaptable to the duration or length of one's journey. you see, the bugaboo boxer as it is imaginitively called, allows you to connect separate elements – read: both suitcases and bags – to create a luggage piece that can be deconstructed at the blink of an eye when required. and knowing bugaboo, it's all done with a design-led approach, making the end result eye-pleasing.

but the emphasis obviously is practicality, and moving around the bugaboo boxer is done by pushing it instead of dragging it along. as simple as it may sound, it's quite revolutionary. why? well, by pushing your luggage you dramatically increase your agility, and it's less taxing for your arms and back. clever, isn't it? and that's not all. this piece of innovation comes with a slew of nifty extras, such as an elastic strap to attach a coat, a detachable organizer that's able to hold travel documents, an inner bag that's doubles as a shoulder bag, to name but a few. the bugaboo boxer is available at the bugaboo stores in amsterdam [1] and berlin [2], in addition to a pop-up store that'll open at the end of this month in new york city. but if you reside elsewhere, no worries, the item can also be ordered online. store location [1]:  keizersgracht 500 [centrum]. store location [2]: alte schönhauserstrasse 3 [mitte].
 

© bugaboo

amsterdam: hotel v opening

© hotel v

finding cool, design-led lodgings in amsterdam these days no longer is a challenge, given the slew of openings in recent years. newly launched properties in all categories have popped up, and increasingly so in areas outside the city's historic canal district. and that's not necessarily a bad thing as the dutch capital is surprisingly compact in size, an advantage that keeps its popular downtown venues within easy reach. this trend has given many a deserted suburban building a new lease on life, and lending certain pockets of the city a buzz along the way, if not an appealing new stature. it's exactly the scenario that has befallen hotel v and its latest endeavour in amsterdam's residential neighbourhood of watergraafsmeer.

the boutique hospitality chain picked a derelict 1970s office building  it was designed by architect piet zanstra for the dutch association for mental health and addiction care, and had been empty for twelve years – to establish its newest venue, hotel v fizeaustraat. the property features an appropriate seventies design that's immediately evident upon entering the premises, and which extends fully to all 91 rooms and the single suite. the rooms come in three categories, and although each offers similar comfort and amenities, they vary in size. top of the bill obviously is the suite, evoking a homey feel with its spacious dimensions, replete with a private fireplace, corner views and spacious bathroom with a walk-in rain shower.

similarly to hotel v's other outposts in the city, its public spaces feel like a seamless living room extension, notably the lobby area. it's here where the aptly named the lobby is situated, an informal all-day restaurant and bar that's also versatile enough to accommodate a variety of events. the restaurant seats 90 guests, in addition to 60 more guests in a private dining space, and all amidst an ambiance of timber surfaces, sleek furniture and pendant lamps that's fully compatible with the hotel's seventies aesthetics. a destination in its own right, the venue has very much become the neighbourhood's new social hub, drawing even crowds from across town to its doorstep.

the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and does so with a keen eye for quality ingredients and culinary craftsmanship. this focus culminates in the dinner menu, which offers both set courses [three, four or five] and à la carte options, featuring simple but tasty dishes with a slight cosmopolitan touch. accompanying the fare is an extensive selection of french, italian, spanish and german wines, and for those in need of a beverage that's a tad more festive, a string of freshly made cocktails is available.

doing business? hotel v fizeaustraat has a separate meeting room available that's fully equipped to meet any requirements, in addition to the so-called palm room, a private events space with its soon-to-be-launched cultural program. despite its location on the outskirts of town, the hotel is conveniently situated near amstel station, one of amsterdam's major transporation hubs, allowing very easy connections by train, bus or subway to schiphol airport, the canal district and other neighbourhoods across town, and all major destinations within the netherlandslocation: fizeaustraat 2 [watergraafsmeer].

© hotel v

chicago: zak prekop

© shane campbell gallery

based in new york city, artist zak prekop [1979] has increasingly gained the art world's limelight with fluid abstract canvases that also have an seemingly three-dimensional graphic quality at the same time. the latter is a signature trait of sorts, as he effortlessly applies both transparency and voids to create variations of depths in his work. opening today [1pm-3pm] at shane campbell gallery in chicago is prekop's fourth solo exhibition in the city, and it's taking place at the gallery's main location on south wabash avenue. on display in the venue's voluminous and light-filled hangar is a body of new work that comprises entirely of a large-scale canvases [on through oct 22]. location: 2021 south wabash avenue [near south side].

© shane campbell gallery

singapore: christian dada store opening

© christian dada

flaunting a style that's quintessentially tokyo, designer masanori morikawa's fashion label christian dada has not only gained a sizeable following on home turf, but also a growing one abroad. to accommodate this increased demand, it has embarked upon an ambitious expansion scheme, and recently ventured abroad for the very first time to open up shop in singapore. the lion city is the leading luxury hub in southeast asia, and as such an ideal stepping stone to serve the region's fashion forward consumers. the boutique is situated at 268 orchard road, a newly opened multilevel shopping mall. occupying a prominent 1,700 sq.ft. [158 sqm.] ground floor unit, christian dada enlisted tokyo-based architect fumiko takahama to create an interior design that lives up to the store's stature.

interestingly, the aesthetic draws inspiration from a trip that morikawa once undertook to naoshima, an island in the japanese archipelago that's well-known for its many contemporary art venues. upon entering the premises, a sculptural doorway crafted from perforated metal panels signals a futurist design that's extended inside. dotted across the boutique are monolithic displays, very much reminiscent of a zen rock garden, matched by furnishings of the same material. the clothes are neatly spaced along silver rails, while overhead a seemingly inserted gazebo of white beams balances out the visual drama below. the new christian dada boutique carries a selection of the brand's men's and women's collection. location: 268 orchard road, shop 01-02 [orchard east].

© christian dada