los angeles: superm fruit

© please do not enter / brian kenny

in a previous post we talked about please do not enter, a new retail space in flourishing downtown los angeles geared towards urban males with a penchant for the finer things in life. next to carrying a tightly edited range of apparel, accessories, fragrances, design + art objects and art books, the store hosts rotating art events as well. opening thu - jul 17 [4pm-9pm] is superm fruit, the first west coast solo exhibition of slava mogutin and brian kenny a.k.a. superm, the new york-based russian-american art duo. joining forces in 2004, each artist emerged from completely different backgrounds. siberian-born mogutin was exiled from russia for his queer writings and activism and became the first russian citizen to be granted political asylum in the u.s. on the grounds of homophobic persecution.

kenny was born on an american military base in germany, trained as a competitive gymnast, and studied opera at oberlin conservatory. presented here at please do not enter is a body of the duo's recent works, including photography, large-scale drawings, collages and video. during the opening mogutin will additionally present and sign copies of his first book of writings in english, entitled food chain, while on jul 31 a video project - commissioned by please do not enter and produced by superm during their stay in sunny los angeles - will be screened. location: 523 west 6th street, suite 1229 [downtown].

© please do not enter / and slava mogutin

berlin: denham store opening

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we talked about denham's first retail presence in berlin in a previous post. that was only six months ago, and now the amsterdam-based denim brand has permanently planted a flag in the german capital. located on the very same premises as the pop-up store, denham shifted its retail operations from the semi-hidden courtyard to a 125 sqm. [1,346 sq.ft.] premium streetside space on the münzstrasse shopping strip with a proper entrance of its own. the interior is inspired by denham's flagship stores in amsterdam and tokyo, featuring signature retail fixtures and fittings, and blending contemporary fixtures with rich vintage elements. a special feature in-store feature is the brand's sewing repair concept, dubbed the denham service co., which also includes an additional jeans washing program. the new denham store carries the brand's full range of men's and women's denim offerings. location: münzstrasse 21 [mitte].

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online: work relation

© adidas

are football and marina abramović an odd couple? well, not to adidas. the sportswear brand has teamed up with one of the planet's most influential contemporary artists to create a short video that celebrates the brand’s partnership and support of the 2014 soccer world cup in brazil. this three-minute film captures the first ever re-staging of abramović’s iconic 1970s performance work relation - which focuses on commitment, teamwork and the strength found in togetherness - reimagined through the lens of the soccer tournament. this project marks adidas and abramović’s first project together and aims to demonstrate the many parallels that exist between the artist’s piece and the play of soccer, if not any team sport. the collab is initiated by dirk schönberger, creative director of adidas' sport style division and who is clearly a fan, adding an interesting and unexpected edge to the brand itself. click here to view the collab video.

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copenhagen: llama restaurant opening

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copenhagen boasts a range of excellent restaurants, and some even with global fame. but despite the high standard of the local culinary scene it could do with a little more diversity as found in plenty of other european capitals. nicely filling the void is llama, the newest concoction of danish hospitality group cofoco. they've collaborated with designer lars larsen, creative advisor jonas hartz, and partners of the big agency jakob lange and bjarke ingels, a dining spot with a south american edge that seats no less than 180 guests. previously a dark basement space, it has now been transformed into an appealing dining spot that has literally opened up to encapsulate the happening downtown buzz. walls and floors are lined clad in a wild mosaic of handcrafted mexican cement tiles, it's very much a playful yet meticulously crafted mash-up of iconic design influences from south america with nordic cool.

black furniture, a vibrant green wall, and brass light fixtures not only create both a spatial configuration conducive to linked experiences throughout the restaurant, but also provide modern visual references of calm and balance. llama features three separate dininge spaces, with the bar as its beating heart. the kitchen is headed by chef duo carsten sand and peter yung jacobsen who've created a menu of delectable meat, poultry and fish dishes. these are heavily inspired by the many regions of the vast continent, but they're also rooted in the tradition of nordic cuisine and at the same time blend in scandinavian products and recipes. location: lille kongensgade 14 [indre by].

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hong kong: pmq opening

© pmq / photography: albert poon

hong kong's pmq - short for police married quarters - is a 1950s bauhaus-style compound in the heart of the city's central district. originally the site of the so-called central school - the first government school to provide upper primary and secondary western education to the public, and which marked a new phase in the development of public education in the former british crown colony - the school was severely damaged during world war II and was eventually demolished to make way for the apartment complex as it's known today, providing accommodation for hong kong's married rank and file police officers. the buildings were vacated in 2000 and it took a little while to give it a new purpose. after an extensive two-year conservation and revitalisation scheme, pmq has now officially reopened as the city's new creative hub with a highly ambitious set-up.

by setting up pmq, the local government aims to increase appreciation of the value created by design and innovation, while also raising the profile of hong kong's high-quality brands in the international market. the land and buildings remain property of the local government, but pmq's entrepreneurial structure has been forged by stanley chu, lawrence fung and leong ka-chai, a savvy business trio with a successful track record of urban projects. the old apartments in the complex have been converted into more than 100 small, affordable spaces to be used by a tightly curated number of creative companies, art galleries, artisans, boutiques and restaurants.

in contrast with hong kong's usually steep rental fees, the ones here have been kept low for the coming two years. but tenants are expected to maintain an open-door policy for the public and stay open seven days a week as to emphasize pmq's new status as a creative hub rather than an ordinary retail mall. the venue has created quite a buzz in the city, while syncing its activities with the influential and recently held art basel hong hong event, it has also garnered considerable international attention too. next to the services, activities and offerings of its tenants, pmq features a rotating programme of art installations and events on its premises. location: 35 aberdeen street [central].

© pmq / photography: albert poon

bangkok: the moonshine hunter

© toot yung art center / montri toemsombat - adventure: begin [2014] - acrylic on thai textile

montri toemsombat [1975] is an emerging thai artist who has dipped his toe in sculpture, installation art, photography, improvised art and video. graduated from the faculty of arts of bangkok's prestigious chulalongkorn university, toemsombat has exhibited both in thailand and abroad, and is known to use unconventional materials and topics that are often related to thai roots culture. toemsombat has now taken to painting as a form of self-expression and the result of his efforts can be seen at his exhibition at toot yung art center in the thai capital. entitled the moonshine hunter, the show presents a new body of work, created during his two-month stay at the thaillywood artist residence in pattaya, that uncover an entirely new approach to his earlier projects. the canvases are vibrantly coloured folk fabrics from his hometown of kanchanaburi, using a variety of intricately tweaked paints. a meditation of sorts on the way in which cultural and social diversity can lead us to mutual respect and balance, while it also questions and seeks a balance and explores the contradiction between rural life and rampant consumerism, the folk and the urban, local and global. the paintings are presented as an immersive installation, combining both photography and painting [on through aug 10]. location: 12/6 ekkamai soi 2 [sukhumvit].

© toot yung art center / montri toemsombat - planet: disordered [2014] - acrylic on thai textile

tokyo: makoto azuma pop-up store

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good retail requires a suprise factor and a sense of discovery. the pool, an unusual concept store in tokyo we talked about in a previous post, was set up with exactly that in mind. but even after its much-publicized launch a few months ago it continues to make headlines. opening today on the store's premises is a pop-up store by japanese florist makoto azuma. highly acclaimed for his avant-garde flower arrangements and art projects, makoto's temporary retail space is situated inside the former pool, shielded by an expansive semi-transparent plastic curtain of sorts. an abundance of colourful flowers and luscious plants dot the interior, very much reminiscent of a botanical garden. obviously, these are for sale. but, there's more that can be snapped up at the pop-up store. makoto azuma has collaborated with the pool on a concise apparel collection, in addition to stüssy x fragment design collab items and colourful nike sneakers. all these offerings are interspersed among the flowers and plants [open through aug 31]. location: château toyo minami aoyama, 5-12-24 minami aoyama [aoyama].

© the pool

antwerp: the apartment opening

© graanmarkt 13

since owners tim van geloven and ilse cornelissens opened graanmarkt 13 in downtown antwerp, the concept store has become a must-see address for discerning shoppers from home and abroad. in collab with art director bob verhelst, the duo selects a fine range of men's and women's apparel, shoes, accessories, homeware, cosmetics and art objects. adding up to this exquisite retail adventure is a restaurant, a gallery space with rotating exhibitions and other events, and as of late, a luxurious pad where to spend the night. aptly called the apartment and situated on the two top floors, van geloven and cornelissens initially intended to set up a bed & breakfast here, then considered to live here, but as the project gradually took shape they decided to relocate with their kids to a family home elsewhere.

the apartment can accommodate up to six people in a sophisticated yet homey setting designed by leading belgian architect vincent van duysen. it features his signature brutalist style, softened by the use of plenty of natural materials and furnishings. a sunny outdoor terrace, a true oasis with ample seating and lush potted plants as a visual bonus, provides sweeping views of the city. the apartment comes with hotel service, meaning guests can indulge in a delivery breakfast prepared with local products, and every that the space boasts full-fledged kitchen and a full fridge, allowing you to cook your own meals if you don't feel like joining the crowd in the restaurant below. location: graanmarkt 13 [antwerpen centrum].

© graanmarkt 13

new york: nyc makers

© museum of arts and design / photography: eric scott

new york city is one of the planet's leading creative hubs, pulling talents from far and wide to its five boroughs. interestingly, the city's museum of arts and design is currently hosting an exhibition that celebrates its thriving creative communities across town. entitled nyc makers - the mad biennial and organized by the institute's new director glenn adamson, it presents the work of 100 highly inventive artisans, artists, and designers who create objects or environments through exquisite workmanship and skill. the show exemplifies the museum’s ongoing commitment to craftsmanship across all creative fields, and serves as a platform not only for makers who typically display their work in a museum setting, but also those who operate behind the scenes.

obviously, these so-called 'makers' weren't just randomly picked but nominated by a savvy contingent of over 300 new york city-based museum curators, choreographers, academics, chefs, musicians, and journalists. structured as a series of immersive tableaus, the exhibition presents the eclectic creative output of makers alongside one another, and includes fashion shows, performances, social practice projects, and even culinary explorations. combined, it underlines the relationship between material and immaterial making found in the big apple. participating creatives include hood by air, laurie anderson, rafael de cárdenaslady bunny and confettisystem. [on through oct 12]. location: 2 columbus circle [midtown].

© museum of arts and design / photography: eric scott + butcher walsh

bangkok: niche nation store opening

© niche nation

since opening its first store in bangkok's thonglor neighbourhood in 2005, niche nation has supplied the thai capital's growing demographic of discerning trendoids with fashionable eyewear. and now founder jonas koblin has stepped up his presence by opening up shop at central embassy, bangkok's prestigious new supermall and nucleus of top brands. the interior design is a luxed up extrapolation of the original niche nation store without ditching its inviting atmosphere. behind an expansive glass façade sleek floor-to-ceiling metal grids not only add a sophisticated visual layer but also incorporate a number of light wooden display boxes. these correspond beautifully with furnishings and fixtures of the same material.

a special section has been exclusively reserved for an in-store mykita corner, featuring the brand's signature display wall and vintage trolley. niche nation's new store carries a coveted range of other eyewear brands, including oliver peoples, thom browne, moscot, cutler & gross and persol. in search of cool presciption glasses? lucky you. niche nation has exclusively partnered with zeiss and provides an eye test room with state-of-the-art equipment. this allows the store's certified optometrists to offer customers a unique zeiss experience for creating individual vision profiles and lenses. location: central embassy, 1031 thanon ploenchit, shop L2-04 [ploenchit].

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