online: freitag zippelin

© freitag / photography: linda suter

when it comes to travel, we're pretty open-minded about destinations, mode of transport, and even on the topic of travel gear. freitag has added a new option to care-free roaming with the so-called zippelin bag. inspired by last century's iconic airship, it's once again crafted from recycled truck tarp, the brand's signature material, and allows globetrotters carefree travel anywhere. it's light and sturdy, enabling to carry skateboard ball-bearing rollers and at the same time solves the storage problem facing luggage owners without an attic or cellar to call their own. that's because when your down time is over, you simply let out the air, and the 85-litre bag shows its nifty adaptability.

rolled up, the zippelin takes up no more space in your closet than the two litres of booze you bought at duty-free. mind you, hidden away inside the bag is a common or garden bicycle inner tube you can inflate with a standard pump and, thanks to the zip, replace quickly and simply. interestingly, there's a sustainability edge to the product as freitag decided to launch the new bag through crowd-funding platform kickstarter, meaning that the company's production crew will have a precise idea of demand before sacrificing any truck tarps and cutting out the first bag from limited raw materials.

and this is important, because making a zippelin takes about five times more tarp than a small messenger bag. the reason for offering what is a small revolution in big travel bags to the innovation-crazy kickstarter community hinged on the size of the crowd and not on the funding. the zippelin is already geared up for production and inflation, and freitag has no need to pump any more into product development. the first 100 early birds will be available for eur 380 – that's a whopping 27% off the future retail price of eur 520 – with delivery next april. 300 units will be available for the standard kickstarter price of eur 420 with delivery next may. more units will also be available for the months following. the 30-day kickstarter campaign has just been launched and will end on thu – oct 12.

© freitag / photography: oliver nanzig

bangkok: tcdc relocation

© department of architecture

as the capital city of a hugely popular tropical playground, interesting facets of bangkok may be overlooked by most, but certainly not by those wielding superfuture's pinpoint navigation skills. the metropolitan region is the political and economic centre of thailand and home to a population of 14.5 million, and as such it offers a multi-layered urban fabric that easily accommodates interests far beyond the generic holiday scope. for design aficionados heading to this sprawling metropolis, the newly opened premises of tcdc, or thailand creative + design center in full, are a great opportunity to size up the country's creative power, the local scene, and become connected to interesting movers and shakers along the way.

it's a government-backed organization that was founded in 2004 as one of five divisions under the patronage of the so-called office of knowledge management and development, and serves as thailand’s premier learning resource center for design and creativity. following a lengthy renovation of the grand postal building – a voluminous art deco-inspired structure erected in 1940 on the banks of the chao phraya river, and initially the headquarters of thailand post – tcdc relocated to the venue's back wing, enabling to enhance its services, allow a broader access of its resources, and last but not least, to further boost its purpose as a creative incubator in a much bigger space.

the back wing's dramatic transformation, led by local practice department of architecture, has resulted in a series of inviting open spaces across five floors with a combined surface of approx. 9,000 sqm. [96,875 sq.ft.], featuring mixed facilities where to meet, mingle and work. the ground floor features a spacious lobby and a boutique filed with design tropies. one floor up, you'll find the material library, material storage, and a so-called maker space with tools and specialsts that facilitate designers and entrepreneurs to turn ideas into prototypes. the third floor houses the design library and resource center, a lofty, double-floor space thats flooded in daylight, while on the top floor both meeting rooms and a roof terrace can be found.

the new homebase of thailand creative + design center has been divided into six functional zones, each with a different focus and related facilities in support of the thriving local creative industry. also to be found across the premises are co-working spaces, an exhibition gallery offering a rotating program of events, a fully equipped auditorium seating up to 150 people, and a creative business center for business consulting, exchanging ideas and making new connections, in order to expand one's business. location: grand postal building, 1160 thanon charoenkrung [chao phraya].

© department of architecture

london: nike, inc. – ten icons reconstructed

© dover street market

it's no secret that virgil abloh knows a thing or two about street style. as celeb stylist, deejay and creative of highly successful cult label off-white, abloh's sense of aesthetics are ahead of the curve, making him an influential force to be reckoned with. as such, it's no wonder nike has teamed up with abloh for nike, inc. – ten icons reconstructeda highly anticipated special edition collection of classic nike models reinterpreted by the guru of street style. the first five styles of the collection, the air jordan I, nike blazer, nike air presto, nike air max 90 and nike air vapormax, will be pre-released in-store at dover street market in london on sep 18-22. please note that these styles will be available via online raffle only, and which is now open to all you trophy hunters [sorry guys, it's one style per customer only]. store location: 18-22 haymarket [st. james's].

© dover street market

osaka: maison margiela shop-in-shop relocation

© maison margiela

in the land of the rising sun, shopping is a fave pastime for many, and for a good reason. leading retailers go the extra yard, offering tightly curated merchandise, top-level customer service, and very often, a retail environment that sweeps you off your feet. for discerning japanese males, and we mean the power shopping kind, hankyu men's ticks all the boxes. stocking only top brands from the fashion galaxy, it's a coveted venue where some choose to have a high-profile presence by way of a shop-in-shop. and such is the case with maison margiela, a renowned fashion house which has had a prominent presence here for quite some time, but recently relocated within the department store's vast men's section.

the look of the shop-in-shop follows the brand's quirky design codes, featuring carpeting in a trompe-l'œil wooden planking motif that covers more than half of the store, extending even on the wall, right up to the ceiling. furnishings comprise of clothing racks of galvanized steel, a mirror-clad sales desk with glass top, folding chairs in white cotton covers, and a repurposed sea container serves as a fitting room. the relocated maison margiela shop-in-shop carries men's apparel, accessories, shoes, leather goods and fragrances. location: hankyu men's, 7-10 kakuda-cho, second floor [umeda].

© maison margiela

london: here we are

© dafydd jones– magdalen commemoration ball, oxford [1988]

burberry hasn't exactly been shy in flaunting its british roots, and since launching cultural events that celebrate homegrown creative talent in 2016, the luxury brand also seems to be building a tradition that cleverly equals a soft marketing strategy. opening on mon – sep 18 at old sessions house, a grand and newly opened historic venue in london's clerkenwell area, is an exhibition that very timely coincides with its catwalk show at the upcoming edition of london fashion week. it's entitled here we are, and presents works of more than 30 of the best social and documentary photographers from the past century. the exhibition is curated by burberry's creative director christopher bailey and chief creative officer lucy kumara moore with photographer alasdair mclellan as their co-curator. mind you, the latter will have over 70 of his images on display, and these are joined by work of other top photographers, including dafydd jones, martin parr, ken russell and brian griffin. location: old sessions house, 22 clerkenwell green [clerkenwell].

© alasdair mclellan – belfast [2005] + martin parr, magnum photos, rocket gallery  o'connell bridge, dublin [1981]

san francisco: acne studios opening

© acne studios

almost simultaneously with the inauguration of a second boutique in sydney, a topic we talked about in a previous post, acne studios launched its first ever boutique in san francisco. indicative of the swedish brand's shift to settle in prime shopping areas, an appropriate retail space was found on geary street in the union square shopping district. the building, originally erected in 1907 as a warehouse, has been entirely remodeled, featuring a red brick façade and doors and window frames painted in the same red shade as the iconic golden gate bridge. the interior design, concocted by the acne studios in-house design team and led by its creative director jonny johansson, is similarly minimalist to the brand's newest generation of retail spaces, and has been given subtle site-specific tweaks to lend it a distinctive edge.

a floor of poured concrete is paired with the usual paneling of shiny stainless steel, but the elements that set this store apart are walls dipped in a vanilla-like shade and eye-catching light fixtures. adorning the ceiling in a mesmerizing grid pattern, these suspended fixtures are reminiscent of artist dan flavin's light sculptures, and very much define the space. the sleek clothing racks and shelving are also crafted from stainless steel, and either line the walls or attached to it. the new acne studios store stocks the brand's full range of men's and women's apparel, accessories, shoes and bags, in addition to pieces of the blå konst denim line. location: 18-24 geary street [union square].

© acne studios

berlin: silo of silence – clicked core

© haegue yang  silo of silence – clicked core / photography: jens ziehe

based in both seoul and berlin, korean artist haegue yang [1971] is known for using mundane objects and materials, ranging from industrial mass-produced items to organic and immaterial things such as smells or noises as well, to create intricate and nuanced installations. yang was invited by the kindl – centre for contemporary art in the german capital to present a single work in its 20-metre-high boiler house. opening today [5pm-9pm] is her installation called silo of silence – clicked core, an intricately constructed piece which is constructed from the artist's signature material: window blinds. it's also indicative that her working method is labour-intensive both conceptually and in regard to the craftsmanship involved [on through may 2018]. location: kindl – centre for contemporary art, am sudhaus 3 [neukölln].

© haegue yang  silo of silence – clicked core / photography: jens ziehe

copenhagen: hermès store opening

© hermès / photography: seth nicolas

in the scandinavian capitals copenhagenstockholm, and lately also in oslo, luxury retail is on a roll. the first two cities have traditionally had a well-developed infrastructure for the top segment in shopping, while the norwegian capital has seen a meteoric rise in only the past few years. as arguably the most cosmopolitan city in the region, copenhagen leads with the highest number of luxury stores, and as of late, its historic downtown area is now home to hermès' largest flagship in all of scandinavia. the french luxury house has been present in the city with a standalone store since 1994, and is now raising its profile by relocating to a storied landmark building.

the neoclassical structure was built in the late 18th century, and is marked by a spire at the corner bay. the hermès boutique occupies the 347 sqm. [3,735 sq.ft.] ground floor space,  and features an interior design by denis montel of architecture practice rdai in paris, a longtime collaborator of the company. upon entering the store, shoppers come across the brand's mosaic ex-libris, followed by a lofty, open-plan retail space that's defined by natural blond wood, pristine white walls and back walls in a contrasting prussian blue shade. the main retail space is furnished with custom-made pieces in cherry wood, while floor-to-ceiling wooden frames, decorated with hermès' renowned silks, serve as partitions and add a sense of intimacy to the setting.

it's here where men’s and women’s bags, luggage pieces, and also its equestrian gear are presented. situated in the right corner of the store, featuring walls and built-in shelving fully clad in cherry wood, and robust sofas in leather, the men's section presents its variety of trophies, including apparel pieces, shoes, silk neckties, and even the luxury brand's new skateboard collection. the range of watches and jewellery sit adjacently, encased by walls blanketed in a rich blue fabric. directly opposite womenswear, the hermès home product range is showcased, and this section of the store also doubles as an event space. location: højbro plads 4 [indre by].

© hermès / photography: seth nicolas

johannesburg: supercalifragilisticexpilalidocious

© porky hefer – piranha 1: nerina – leather, sheepskin, steel / photography: justin patrick 

based in south africa, a country blessed with a rich natural diversity, designer porky hefer obviously has a thing for local wildlife. he created monstera deliciosa, a collection of suspended animal-shaped chairs, or living pods if you prefer, all made from a variety of materials and using local skills and processes, including weaving, stitching and splicing together different fibres. presented in 2015 at the southern guild gallery in cape town – mind you, that year the gallery also introduced the pieces to a global audience at design miami – the collection is now on display at the gallery's outpost in johannesburg. evocatively entitled supercalifragilisticexpilalidocious, the show displays animals such as a piranha, crocodile, killer whale and lion, but also new pieces such as the baby bird. all are intended to cozily nestle in and relax [on through nov 4]. location: trumpet building, 19 keyes avenue [rosebank].

© southern guild / porky hefer – crocodylus eugenie – leather, sheepskin, steel / photography: justin patrick

sydney: acne studios opening

© acne studios 

following the opening of a boutique in paddington seven years ago, acne studios raises its profile in sydney with a second outpost. the swedish fashion brand has shifted its focus downtown, opting for a location on the corner of king and elizabeth streets. the boutique is set across approx. 390 sqm. [4,198 sq.ft.] on the ground floor of a modern mid-rise building, and given the fact that acne studios creative director jonny johansson shuns generic retail spaces, it features an entirely different aesthetic than the previous store. the chosen palette comprises of wall panels, shelving, clothing racks and display tables made of polished steel, a signature element that binds the brand's newer generation of boutiques across the planet, terrazzo flooring, and a ceiling dipped in a soft yellow hue and dotted abundantly with light fixtures. the store windows are designed as such to reduce daylight coming in and showcase the aforementioned interior lighting installation. the new acne studios boutique carries the brand's full range of men's and women's apparel, accessories, shoes and bags, in addition to pieces of its blå konst denim line. location: 161 king street [town hall].

© acne studios