paris: zadig & voltaire flagship store opening

© bernard dubois

since its foundation in 1997, french fashion brand zadig & voltaire has not only expanded its collections, but also rolled out a retail network that spans 28 countries in europe, north america and the far east. the interior design of its boutiques has so far shown a generic blueprint, but very recently, zadig & voltaire revealed a rather stunning one-off design for a new flagship store in paris, and it's a venture that can be seen as a celebration of the company's 20th anniversary. flanking rue cambon on one side, and bustling rue de rivoli on the other, it's without doubt a prestigious location. the fashion brand tapped brussels-based architect bernard dubois to create a retail statement that's unprecedented in its history, and one that blends retail with contemporary art. 

the retail space has palatial dimensions, featuring 850 sqm. [approx. 9,149 sq.ft.] spread across three floors, the design is understated and based on graphic perspectives with clean lines. obviously, the materials used, such as italian ceppo di gré stone, concrete and plaster. a sophisticated lighting system beautifully accentuates the architectural understatement. each of the three levels presents a range of zadig & voltaire's elaborate ready-to-wear collection. the ground floor is dedicated to shoes, sneakers and accessories. one floor up the brand's womenswear and kids collection is presented. it's in the flagship's basement section where the men's collection is interspersed with works by leading contemporary artists, notably paintings by richard serra, julian schnabel and adam mcewen, in addition to sculptures by franz west and daniel firman. location: 2 rue cambon [st.-honoré].

© bernard dubois

london: breathing colour

© design museum / photography: luke hayes

as an industrial designer with a long and established career, one rightfully assumes hella jongerius [1963] is aesthetically-inclined in a big way. and yet, despite the many accomplishments that she's raked in, the dutch creative continues to passionately push boundaries for the sake of the ultimate in design. jongerius' scope on design is thorough, holistic even, meticulously exploring all that can be explored in order to advance to the next level in her craft. currently on at the design museum's new premises in london, is breathing colour, an exhibition that takes cues from no less than 15 years of colour research by jongerius. it's an installation-based showcase that puts colour up front, allowing visitors to pick up a thing or two beyond the usual and ordinary.

on  display is a diverse collection of new commissions that explore the effects that light conditions have on our perceptions of colour and form, and it's jongerius’ ultimate aim to pit the power of colour against the power of form. the designer's research has been inspired by a wide range of sources, including even celebrated painters, who recognised and recorded how light affects objects and landscapes. the exhibition aims to blur the usual boundaries between art and design, and combines intriguing shapes with extensive research to question our general preconceptions and limited understanding of colour [on through sep 28]. location: design museum, 224-238 kensington high street [kensington].

© design museum / photography: luke hayes

copenhagen: viu store opening

© viu / photography: sandra kennel

viu has broken new ground by venturing up north, setting up shop in the heart of copenhagen. the swiss eyewear brand has secured a top location on pilestræde, a narrow throughfare lined with some of the danish capital's most coveted boutiques. the viu boutique occupies the ground floor of a late 18th century building, and similarly to its other stores, it features an understated interior design by its creative director fabrice aeberhard. the design formula resonates well with both the brand's following and design aficionados, and it's not only adapted to each location's dimensions, but also to the prevalent sensibilities.

for this setting, cues have been taken from danish traits and values, such as closeness to nature and ecological thinking, and these are captured by the use of natural and sustainable materials. adding up to the viu's self-proclaimed affiliation with the realm of lifestyle, fashion and design, the store additionally presents an exhibition of scandinavian artists and designers freya dalsjø, olivia frølich, amalie adrian, albert grøndahl, lea guldditte hestelund and gro sarauw on the second floor, curated in collab with le mile magazine. the new viu boutique carries the brand's full range of prescription frames and sunglasses. location: pilestræde 35 [indre by].

© viu / photography: sandra kennel