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Colour odyssey: Inside the Maison Matisse flagship store in Paris
While we can’t all acquire an original Matisse and indulge in pondering which wall to hang it upon at home – dream as we may – the appetite for a slice of the artist’s effervescent world hasn’t fizzled. This is evidenced by the evolution of the Maison Matisse brand, which was founded in 2019 by the fourth […]
Art
May 18, 2022
Dreamscape apartment in Ho Chi Minh City by Red5studio
Lay back and think of what a dreamscape could look like and you might just picture fluffy cloud-like caverns that feel luminous, airy and light. That’s certainly the zone it seems Red5studio entered when imagining this one-bedroom apartment in the artsy District 2 area of Ho Chi Minh City. Led by practice founder Lai Chinh […]
Interior Design
April 21, 2022
Lunet eyewear store in Romania by Bogdan Ciocodeica Studio
Shimmering silver-lined surfaces and lashings of bold colour were among the gestures that made the cut, ensuring a continuation of Lunet’s retail aesthetic and unconventional approach towards the experience of buying eyeglasses. “The idea was to borrow a few of the elements from the first store in such a manner that it feels like you […]
Commercial Design
February 24, 2022
Beauty clinic: MBS by Malika in Stockholm, designed by ASKA
The atmosphere within the MBS by Malika clinic is described by the ASKA team as feeling something akin to “modern nostalgia”. They arrived at this thematic title due to the way in which some of the design elements appear recognisable, giving the space “a rigid and trustworthy flavour,” the architects say. Other fragments, however, arrive […]
Interior Design
February 22, 2022
Cubitts spectacle shop in Leeds by Child Studio
Nestled on the corner of the County Arcade in the Victoria Quarter district, the footprint that Cubitts now occupies was built in 1898 to the specifications offered by renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham. To this day, the opulent arcade continues to impress visitors with its original pink Sienna marble columns, gilded mosaic ceilings, wrought iron […]
Interior Design
February 4, 2022
Emerald city: Old champagne bottles form the facade of Bulgari Shanghai
The opening of the Bulgari flagship in Shanghai represents the third facade designed by MVRDV in the ongoing partnership between the Dutch architects and the luxury Italian jewellery brand. As with the other store designs, the Shanghai project makes use of a visual motif inspired by the portals and cornices of Bulgari’s earliest boutique (on […]
Commercial Design
December 17, 2021
The Los Angeles home of Kalon Studios stuns with three levels of furniture and art
“With so much of our lives having gone online,” Johannes adds, “we felt it [the showroom in Los Angeles] was a powerful moment to channel some of our energy towards creating a physical space in the world, where people could come to experience Kalon Studios and all we stand for, touch the materials, and see […]
Interior Design
November 9, 2021
Dimore Studio’s Aesop store in Milan is just as beautiful as the day it opened
The 35-square-metre Aesop store is described by the Dimore Studio team as a “whimsical essay” on typical materials employed in the butlers’ pantries of 1930s Italian villas. Think tiles and joinery in saturated pastels, polished chrome details and no-frills linoleum flooring. The designers refer to the store as a contemporary version of the small neighbourhood […]
Interior Design
November 5, 2021
A bunker-like fashion boutique in Japan by Toru Shimokawa
In response to the client’s brief, Shimokawa-san created the Oharasando Building; a bunker-like retail experience that moves away from the typical high-street tenancy where access and sightlines are usually granted directly from the street. The heavy building was dropped down from the bustle of the road, providing a basement level for the men’s fashion offering, […]
Architecture
October 15, 2021
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Foster + Partners transforms a majestic theatre into LA’s newest Apple store
After its shuttering in 1988, the majestic space remained mostly out of service – only coming to life briefly as a place to shop or worship. But its legacy of nurturing technological innovation has resumed some 90-plus years later. The opulent venue has been reborn as Greater Los Angeles’ 26th Apple store; a fitting tenant whose […]
Architecture
June 29, 2021