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Retail: Dover Street Market New York

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First London’s Dover Street. Second Tokyo’s Ginza district. Third New York. The subject in question is the recent opening of the retail phenomenon Dover Street Market in midtown NY. The store is set in a Beaux-Arts building formerly housing the New York School of Applied Design for Women. 20,000-square-foot of precisely designed store space rises above the traditional retail emporium creating a surreal experience for the creative crowd, brought to life and curated by the forward thinking designer Rei Kawakubo.

Brands were given a free rein to design their own spaces, once approved of they were arranged in unlikely manner by Kawakubo, Prada is next to skate brand Supreme. This theme flows throughout.

One of the first things you notice upon arrival at 160 Lexington Avenue is the unexpected theme overriding all aspects, this includes the journey to the store. Nestled in a fashion free area visitors should expect to find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, so be armed with a map.

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Trend: Optical Textiles by Hansje van Halem

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Graphic designer Hansje van Halem jumped ship to explore her optical patterns on fabric for ‘Try Outs’ posterwall at Utrecht Central train station. Optical prints are set to reign in summer 2014 as seen on the catwalks from designers such as at Marc Jacobs.  Continue Reading…

Handpicked Pin No.7: ‘Study’ by Jörg Schellmann

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Each week we will feature a historical or current pin from any discipline pin that has stopped us in our tracks. This week we are enamoured by the ‘Study’ from designer Jörg Schellmann. Space and furniture merge at the same time. He aimed to design, ‘a simple study, a private retreat with the major tools for working within reach. A cell that sets itself apart from its surroundings and serves to house the person and their thought.” Although the piece launched in 2008, it has withstood the test of time and could not be more relevant today, particularly with the simmering trend for ‘united’ furniture. Why buy 3 pieces when they can be one?

 

7 Studies, Schellmann Furniture, Munich, Through December 20, 2013, www.schellmannfurniture.com

 

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Via: Jörg Schellmann

Editor’s Tip: ‘Disturbed’ styling

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As much as I am a fan of the styling trend for displaying products in orderly rows, it has become ‘de riguer.’ Step forward to a ‘disturbed’ shoot. Here presentation appears typical and had the picture been placed straight it may have passed me by. No reflection on the great products, I hasten to add, frankly highlighting the importance to brands of hiring a good stylist. Continue Reading…

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