global: gucci s/s 2014 sunglasses

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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.

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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

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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

new york: grunge (1987-2013)

© richard bellia - nirvana, london [1991]

coinciding with this week's induction of iconic rock band nirvana in the rock and roll hall of fame at barclays center in brooklyn, agnès b. galerie boutique presents an inside look at music scene heroes, all captured by richard bellia [1962]. the renowned french photographer turned to photography at the age of 18 and is entirely self-taught. during a concert by the cure in 1980 he promptly decided to become a rock photographer. artists are eligible for induction at the rock and roll hall of fame 25 years after the release of their first record, meaning nirvana, who released debut album bleach in 1989, were nominated at the first possible opportunity.

bellia met and shot the band on three occasions in 1991, notably during the first live gig of their tour across britain. throughout his career bellia also photographed other bands from the grunge scene that played with or inspired nirvana, including sonic youth, henry rollins, neil young, daniel johnston, and their legendary producer steve albini. entitled grunge (1987-2013), bellia's exhibition opens fri - apr 11 [6pm-8pm] and presents 25 black + white photographs, taken with a medium-format hasselblad camera or with a leica m4p. all prints are hand-made, reproduced from the original negative. location: agnès b. galerie boutique, 50 howard street [soho].

© richard bellia - big black [1988] and daniel johnston [2013]

hamburg: paul smith store opening

© paul smith

paul smith has arrived in germany, opening its first store smack in the middle of hamburg's historic downtown area. the shop is located in an elegant 19th-century townhouse in biedermeier style and features a series of uniquely designed rooms that each pay homage to the building's original design. an additional reference to its style origins comes through in the palette, with walls painted in pastel shades of green and lilac while upholstery and furniture playfully add pops of colour throughout the premises. in the first room shoppers find bags and accessories presented on walnut shelves. a wall lined with thousands of meticulously hand-applied ivory coloured buttons celebrates designer paul smith's personal focus on attention to detail and effort.

it also ties in with the design of the paul smith boutiques at 9 albemarle street in london and on rue du faubourg st.-honoré in paris where, respectively, the women’s shoe space is covered in dominoes and penny coins adorn the men’s suit area. the room filled with the brand's shoe collection connects with the store's spacious back section with traditional conservatory and view of the garden. the conservatory features a fotheringhay pattern tiled floor and rattan peacock chairs. a sweeping staircase leads upstairs, past a picture wall full of original artwork and designer paul smith’s own photography, to the women’s section upstairs. another staircase gives access to choose to the men’s tailoring space. while many of the building's original features have been restored, a selection of cherry-picked furnishings have been added to give the store a unique vibe. location: hohe bleichen 15 [hamburg mitte].

© paul smith

berlin: abstract journalism - annexe

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thomas jeppe is an australian painter and sculptor with a background in publishing and cultural studies. jeppe's art explores new perspectives within the framework of existing cultural history. using traditional portraiture, abstraction and architectural sculpture, the artist avoids traditional theories and parameters. his work entitled asiatische adlernase is exemplary of his highly individual approach. it began with an interview conducted in 2010 with a german gallerist who had abandoned the art world in search of a new passion founded on objective reasoning, and which he surprisingly found in taiwanese tea.

the man's subsequent attempts to introduce the practice to germany were confounded by a broad range of cultural structures - primarily stemming from the clichéd east and west divide. informed by the themes of master knowledge, vernacular rituals, anti-globalism and the difficulties of cultural transposition, jeppe travelled to taiwan to conduct his own research on tea and its surrounding context. while berlin's 032c workshop [1] hosts abstract journalism, a presentation of jeppe's works that explore the contradictions embedded in a research-based art practice, the comme des garçons black shop [2] around the corner presents a related show with additional works.

dubbed abstract journalism - annexe, it features an installation with four large-scale paintings based on a lamp from the reading room of a 19th-century mansion in taipei. the series cannot be readily classified as it presents a combination of false geometry and unidentifiable fruits and vessels, and they become an analogy for cultural incommensurability. a recreation of jean-honoré fragonard's painting a philosopher oversees the analogy; an enlargement of a proto-impressionist anomaly of the rococo era, a stand-in for emphatically western tradition, knowledge and anachronism. together, these pictures are presented within a timber framing-style installation, making visible the ordinarily hidden frameworks of construction. location [1]: brunnenstrasse 9 [mitte]. location [2]: linienstrasse 115 [mitte].

© comme des garçons

melbourne: a.p.c. store opening

© a.p.c. / photography: sean fennessy

a.p.c. has finally arrived down under with a standalone store of its own in melbourne's iconic qv building. similar to many of the brand's other stores, this one features a striking interior design by paris-based architect and longtime collaborator laurent deroo. beautiful pale oak is the prevalent element, crafted into a sleek shelving system that covers the entire back wall. the same material has been used to create matching series of furnishings, most notably the massive display that takes center stage and incorporates the shop's sales counter and seating at the same time. the walls on either side are covered in rows of large panels that protrude in an even pattern, allowing artificial light to shine through sections of the linear crevices. attached to the walls are rows of clothing racks, and obviously they're in pale oak too. the a.p.c. store currently stocks the brand's men's and women's s/s 2014 collection of apparel, shoes, accessories and a range of collab items. location: qv building, albert coates lane, shop acl13 [cbd].

© a.p.c. / photography: sean fennessy

berlin: adidas originals store renewal

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adidas have tweaked the retail strategy for their street fashion-inspired adidas originals line and conceptualized a separate league of flagship stores that actively reflect and engage with the street culture of their respective location. the first one to open is in berlin where the existing store in the mitte neighbourhood has been entirely revamped. the store has been stripped bare to reveal its concrete shell. furnished with specially designed displays crafted from steel and wood in demure hues, the retail space has a clean and streamlined look that allows the merchandise to pop. symbolizing the commitment of the flagship store concept to local street culture is a new design of the trefoil, the symbol of adidas originals. it has been masterfully combined with a 3d map of the neighbourhood and proudly adorns the wall. adding to a fast-paced urban feel is the lighting system that's reminiscent of the transit grids in a city and fly-poster's for communication that will organically layer.

a local artist was invited to create a feature unit to display highlight products. celebrating the city’s rich kiez culture that brings life to boroughs across the city, adidas originals spoke to creatives from all over town to create a manifesto for the city, and have this translated into works of art to continue to celebrate the minds that make berlin an original city. in celebration of the flagship store opening, a special edition of the brand new zx flux snekaer has been created featuring satellite imagery of the streets of berlin across the shoe’s upper in a monochrome colourway. scheduled for later this year is the launch of a string of adidas originals flagship stores in major cities across the planet, including london, paris, moscow, shanghai, seoul and new york city. location: münzstrasse 13-15 [mitte].

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melbourne: now + 4eva concept store opening

© sibling / interior photography: tobias titz

architecture in helsinki are an indie-pop band based in melbourne. they're known for their catchy, electro-infused songs, and as of late also as innovative retailers. coinciding with the release of their newest album, the band have launched an eponymous now + 4eva concept store at the melbourne central mall. designed by local creative agency sibling, it's a compact space encased in a cube-shaped framework of metal and glass. stacks of bound carton rolls in various sizes serve as imaginitive decoration, while low circular tables and a suspended clothes rack in a matching pristine white hue showcase the merchandise on offer. the temporary set-up is part shop, part gallery and part listening space.

primarily aiming to promote architecture in helsinki's new album, the now + 4eva concept store obviously features a sound installation that plays all the songs on it. but there's much more. it also stocks exclusive commissions and collabs exclusively. there's a collection by fashion label kloke, witu bags, jewellery and accessories by dale hardiman, 3d candy versions of the band by red balloon via lucy mcrae, tightology socks and even nail polish by kester black. last but not least, a special edition of fine art prints can be snapped up by finnish artist santtu mustonen, featuring the now + 4eva album cover [open through apr 6]. location: melbourne central, 211 latrobe street, level 2 [cbd].

© sibling / photography: tobias titz