paris: irving penn

© condé nast / irving penn – girl with tobacco on tongue (mary jane russell), new york [1951]

following last year's hugely successful showcase at the metropolitan museum in new york city, marking the 100th anniversary of his birth, the elaborate restrospective of photographer irving penn [1917-2009] has jumped the big pond for a second edition in paris. opening on the landmark premises of grand palais on thu – sep 21, it's the first major retrospective of the legendary lensman since he passed away a few years ago, and is co-curated by maria morris hambourg, an independent curator and founding curator of the museum’s department of photographs, and jeff rosenheim, curator in charge of the aforementioned department of photographs.

the show explores penn's stellar 70-year carreer, presenting more than 235 photographic prints, all produced by the artist himself, as well as a selection of his drawings and paintings. as such, it offers a comprehensive vision of the range of genres he worked in: fashion, still life, portraits, nudes, beauty, cigarettes and debris. the original theater curtain backdrop that penn acquired in the french capital in 1950 and used for all of his small trades photographs will be included in the installation, along with two of his cameras. the traveling exhibition's next stops will be berlin and são paulo in the course of next year. location: grand palais, 3 avenue du général eisenhower [champs-élysées].

© the irving penn foundation / irving penn – mouth (for l'oréal), new york [1986]

berlin: comme des garçons store renewal

© comme des garçons / photography: gregor hohenberg

the comme des garçons pocket and black comme des garcons stores in berlin have been around for a little while – five-and-a-half years to be precise – and their shared premises on the ground floor of a late 19th century building in the mitte district have recently been given an upgrade, resulting in a single retail concept under the moniker comme des garçons. the transformation comes with a brand new interior, concocted by the brand's elusive creative honcho rei kawakubo. the interior is largely defined by whitewashed walls, black linoleum flooring, and scaffolding-like metal frames are installed across the retail space, serving both as an optical embellishment of sorts, and attaching clothing racks wherever needed.

mosaics of wall-mounted shelving in different sections offers ample space to present smaller goods. only the front section of the store flaunts a deviating aesthetic, featuring two transparent and dotted arches, a signature motif that's inextricably connected to the comme des garçons pocket collection. given the transformation into a comme des garçons store, it now stocks an extended range of lines, including comme des garçons comme des garçons, comme des garçons shirt, comme des garçons shirt boys, comme des garçons black, play comme des garçons, comme des garçons parfum, comme des garçons wallets, and gosha rubchinskiy. location: linienstrasse 115 [mitte].

© comme des garçons / photography: gregor hohenberg

bangkok: 10795 days of bummer

© wasted rita 

portuguese artist rita gomes a.k.a. wasted rita [1988] not only has a provocative streak, but also a brutally honest way with words, laying bare her thoughts on colourful paper for the whole world to see. these scribbles reflect a variety of observations of the absurdities of life, sometimes angry, and always brutally honest. opening on sat – oct 7 [7pm] at wtf gallery in bangkok is 10795 days of bummer, an exhibition which sheds light on her textual musings. the show is held in collab with the portuguese cultural centre, and although the artist has consistently experimented with different media and formats, it focuses on her work on paper  a variety of doodles of what she may or may not have been feeling at a given moment, coming at the viewer with a seemingly artless air. in all these works, the artist calls attention to the flaws and affectations of mainstream culture around her with words and images that beckon the viewer to enjoy the liberating power of a bloody good laugh. location: wtf gallery, 7 sukhumvit soi 51 [sukhumvit].

© wasted rita

paris: a.p.c. store opening

© a.p.c.

accessorizing is key – it's a fashion rule women have stuck to for ages, but it's something that a style-sensitive male demographic has only come to acknowledge these past few years. not surprisingly, the importance of accessories has inspired many fashion brands to boost collections, and in many cases, also create dedicated retail spaces. although it has a sizeable network of shops across its homebase paris and far beyond, a.p.c. lacked a store dedicated exclusively to accessories. well, that's history now. popping up in the french capital's leafy saint-germain district is a new standalone a.p.c. shop packed to the guilds with its coveted men's and women's shoes, bags, and small leather goods.

as always, the interior design is courtesy of french architect laurent deroo, and he created a setting that's defined by terracotta. the earthenware material is captured by the floor which extends upwards on one side, morphing into an elongated, tiered display space and storage that lines the entire wall. the structure is backlit which accentuates the erratic structure of the exposed brick wall, but also optically creates depth in the narrow space. directly opposite a comfy sofa is situated with mirrored walls as a backdrop. the new a.p.c. store carries the brand's full range of men's and women's shoes, bags and small leather goods. location: 40 rue jacob [saint-germain].

© a.p.c.

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