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“Could architecture and design do anything to alleviate ‘walmartism’?”

July 13, 2018 Aaron Betsky 0

Walmart’s textureless surfaces are intended to look as cheap possible. But surely, mulls Aaron Betsky, even a little tactility could improve the stores and other similar spaces without breaking the bank. Texture is a class thing. The more money you have, the more texture you get. The reverse is true of lighting and sound: the

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Fosters + Partners unveils Apple Store in Macau with translucent stone walls and bamboo

July 3, 2018 India Block 0

Tall shoots of bamboo rise through the central atrium of a new Apple Store completed by Foster + Partners in Chinese city Macau. Set in a plaza surrounded by dense thickets of bamboo, the cuboidal Apple Centre Cotai glows from within, thanks to an innovative facade made from a composite of glass and stone. Five layers of of glass

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Corinna and Theresa Williams pair laundromat and cafe at Celsious in Brooklyn

June 30, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

Sisters Corinna and Theresa Williams have designed a laundromat in New York to include lounge areas and a coffee shop, as a welcoming alternative to other coin-operated wash places common across the city. Celsious located in Williamsburg, a trendy area of Brooklyn known for its cafes, bars and loft apartments. The Williams sisters – born

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Patricia Urquiola designs Kettal furniture showroom in New York City with outdoor patio

June 27, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

Spanish brand Kettal has opened a showroom in Midtown Manhattan, designed by Patricia Urquiola and complete with a terrace to better showcase its outdoor furniture. The open-plan showroom at 222 East 59th Street, in an annex of the D&D Building, totals 6,458 square feet (600 square metres). Walls, floors and ceilings across the interior are

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Neri&Hu’s atmospheric Valextra store is based upon the layout of a library

June 22, 2018 Ali Morris 0

Located in a shopping centre in Chengdu, China, this store Neri&Hu designed for Italian accessories brand Valextra, features hovering walls and a conical light funnel modelled on the Pantheon in Rome.  To create the store the existing shopfront, which was designed to match its neighbours in the shopping centre, was demolished and replaced with an imposing solid wall

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Knauf showcases its building products in new London showroom by Mailen Design

June 1, 2018 Calum Lindsay 0

Architectural products are presented in a variety of ways inside the new Knauf showroom in London, which features in this movie produced by Dezeen during Clerkenwell Design Week. Knauf is a manufacturer of building materials, best known for drywall boards made from gypsum. “We make gypsum products to help architects and designers create better spaces,”

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Supreme store in Brooklyn by Neil Logan features an elevated skate bowl

May 26, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

New York firm Neil Logan Architect has retrofitted a warehouse in the city for streetwear brand Supreme, and put a free-standing skate bowl in the back. Supreme Store Brooklyn is located in the Williamsburg neighbourhood, inside a former storage building for delivery trucks. Local studio Neil Logan Architect led the interior design, leaving the brick

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Ciszak Dalmas integrates materials from fashion label’s accessories into Madrid store

May 25, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

The pink-tinged interiors and natural stone fixtures that Ciszak Dalmas has created for this store in Madrid, Spain were influenced by the brand’s jewellery and leather accessories. The Malababa flagship is situated along Serrano Eight, a street in Madrid’s city centre that’s populated by a host of other high-end fashion shops. While the brand already

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Tom Dixon moves in to permanent store in New York’s Soho

May 21, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

British designer Tom Dixon has opened a permanent home in New York’s Soho neighbourhood, after experimenting with a number of temporary locations. Dixon’s new two-storey showroom is located at 25 Greene Street – a stretch popular with design brands. His neighbours include Artemide, Flos, and Lee Broom. Opened last week to coincide with the city’s NYCxDesign festival, the new Manhattan

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Vincent Van Duysen creates contemporary “palazzo” for Molteni Group’s New York showroom

May 21, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

Italian design company Molteni Group has moved into a new home in New York, designed by Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen and featuring a grand walnut staircase. The Molteni Group Flagship Store at 160 Madison Avenue, close to several design showrooms, opened last week to coincide with the city’s NYCxDesign festival. It marks a major

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Avenue Road’s Vancouver showroom pairs industrial details with contemporary furniture

May 5, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Metal arches and rough wooden columns form an illuminated colonnade through design retailer Avenue Road’s new showroom in Vancouver. The 12,000-square-foot (1,115-square-metre) display space spans two floors in a 100-year-old building in the city’s trendy Gastown District. The new outpost is intended to help Avenue Road continue its mission to introduce the unknown European talent

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David Chipperfield designs metallic interiors for fashion label Ssense’s Montreal store

May 2, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

British firm David Chipperfield Architects has completed its first project in Canada, involving the overhaul of a 19th-century building into a minimalist fashion store. The store for Ssense, an e-commerce label that has expanded to its first brick-and-mortar shop in Montreal, spans 13,000 square feet (3,962 square metres) across five storeys. Chipperfield’s firm renovated the

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Knight Associates looks to Japan for design of eco-friendly fashion store in New Zealand

April 28, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

Japanese architecture and joinery inspired Knight Associates design for this clothing shop in Wellington, which is defined by a sequence of slatted timber panels. The flagship store for ethical clothing brand Kowtow in the New Zealand capital, which opened 11 years after the fashion brand was founded, is set within a former bakery. Until now the brand

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Aesop Montreal store by Alain Carle draws on local jazz heritage

April 22, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

Dark green suede and brass details were used by Alain Carle Architecte to make this store for skincare brand Aesop feel like a jazz club. The local firm designed the interior for the store in Montreal’s Petite Bourgogne – or Little Burgundy – a neighbourhood in the southwest of the city, historically known for its

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Tom Dixon unveils new King’s Cross studio and showroom in former coal yard

April 17, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

British designer Tom Dixon has opened a new flagship store, showroom and offices inside a Victorian coal yard in London’s King’s Cross. The brand has relocated its entire operation from Ladbroke Grove in west London to a group of Victorian buildings in King’s Cross. The transformation of the building forms part of the redevelopment of the area around

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Carl Hansen & Son opens loft-style showroom in San Francisco

April 4, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Mid-century Scandinavian and Californian design meet in Carl Hansen & Son’s new showroom in San Francisco, which the Danish furniture brand has opened to continue its US expansion. Carl Hansen & Son’s West Coast flagship store occupies a ground-floor space in the city’s Design District – a hub for homeware and furniture brands close to the South of

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Studio Goss takes cues from brutalism for Melbourne clothing store

April 4, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

Coarse concrete walls and blocky forms echo the appearance of brutalist architecture in this Melbourne store designed by Studio Goss for the fashion brand Kloke. Kloke’s founders Amy and Adam Coombes approached local interior architects Studio Goss with a brief for a second store that would mirror the pared-back and sculptural aesthetic of their brand’s clothes. The couple

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Acne Studios creates very yellow interior for West Hollywood store

March 26, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

Acne Studios’ recently opened “pale acid yellow” store in West Hollywood features a sculpture by artist Daniel Silver that doubles as a fitting room. The store on Melrose Avenue – the fashion brand’s second in Los Angeles – is housed in a pavilion-like single-storey building in the trendy neighbourhood, where many high-end fashion brands have outposts. The

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