OddFish is the new destination in Beirut where Odd turns into a lifestyle by youmna and christian djermakian who've sourced a quirky collection of merchandise from the planet's leading design capitals. the store is located in building in the city's port area industrial area, and interior architect maia aoun mixed and matched many of the structure's original elements with contemporary details, making it a minimalist retail space that meets modern demands and one that allows flexible configuration changes when required.
A melting pot of the greatest works from independent designers from London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, New York and other great capitals, carrying new forms of urban art, street culture, and contemporary designs.
With eclectic products ranging from street wear, accessories, furniture, lighting and home décor to prints vintage items and limited editions, OddFish is a distinct room for celebrating Creativity in all its forms.
This store designed by Yusuke Seki, is located at the feet of Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka-jinja), once called Gion Shrine which is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto, Japan.
The interior consists of 3 types of showcases according to the price range, frame and type of composite of Kimono. The other kimono products are displayed on original designed shelves with knotted feet. The design method explores diachronic aspects such as materials, stories location, architecture and function to translate and add value through design approach.The white tiles are from original Tofu store. The walls in all directions are covered by white tiles Yusuke has curved to add new textures, which give the appearance of new surfaces from the layered inside material. This process makes the accurate grid become more characteristic and organic like a hand drawing.The coloured stones are incorporated under the floor, and original old fashion glasses are fixed into the windows to demonstrate the history of the building.
This building was constructed 70 years ago, and has been a Tofu (Japanese bean curd) store in the past. Gofuku (another world: Kimono) is a traditional cloth which has varying price, range, qualities, which can sometimes confuse the customer. Even Japanese people would wear Kimonos in everyday life in bygone eras, nowadays we only wear for special occasions, as it has a recent reputation as a garment reserved for high society to wear to special, formal events.
The store purpose is to re-introduce Kimono culture. It has a clear 3-step price system to allow new customers to choose the suitable product, and to compare to other pre-existing traditional kimono stores. On the second floor, it opens up as a gallery space with kimono related modern art and a design works exhibition.The main design concept uses aspects from the past and introduces new hand craft towards a new design for the future.
All the aspects have a story and contribute to the overall store details. They take on a new life, having been a relic of the past – mirroring the theme of this new approach to Kimono design and wear.
Campaign was commissioned by trend forecasting agency The Future Laboratory to create an installation, wayfinding and graphics for Heimtextil 2011, the international textiles trade fair in Messe Frankfurt – a survey of emerging trends, attitudes and inspiration influencing the designer and consumer in 2011-12.
The installation is a forest of 8m suspended rope, within which emerge four enclosures, each one devoted to one of the four themes: Utility, Wilderness, Mix-Mash and Sobriety. The forest acts as a unifying landscape in which to discover the individual enclosures and focus the visitor’s experience.
Taking inspiration from standardised industrial and commercial fixtures, the Utility enclosure is constructed from scaffolding and encased by a wire fence with simple suspended bare light to reflect a durable authentic product. Wilderness is characterised by an unkempt blackened wood hut nestled in the woods reflecting a return to organic sustainable materials. Mix-Mash is formed of vibrant interlocking geometric structures that embody a sense of energy and dynamism. The Sobriety enclosure is ordered and well proportioned, with a restrained aesthetic that incorporates high quality materials such as bleached wood.
The Paris New-York restaurant designed by Cut Architectures specializes in burgers and offers a place combining Parisian and New-Yorkers spirit and mind without falling into the cliches of the genre.
A black ceiling dressed with bulbs and a floor tiled with cements geometric patterns recall broadway. The provision mirrors facilitates dialogue between the patina of the walls and the fuselage of the bar and the staircase leading to the upstairs room. Dressed in riveted aluminum, the bar is monolithic telescope of the staircase whose aesthetic is reminiscent of the U.S. Air Stream. The steel structure of the staircase is visible from inside kept reminding workshop bays and structures Eiffel.
Froyo yogurteria in Volos Greece by studio Ahylo, is an application of the architectural branding held for ‘Froyo Yogurteria’. The main design goal was to emphasize on a clean architectural proposal and highlight the product (frozen yogurt).
Abstract, double curvature surfaces, form the ceiling and the counter for the yogurt toppings. The fresh icon of the store emerges from the identification of the fresh products along with the compilation of the materials and colors. The form finding processes of the customized geometries are following simple cosine functions that generate a set of algorithmic relationships. In terms of design, topological correlations are applied, through varying parameters, as appropriate metrics to spatial adjustment for each froyo yogurteria store.
The uniqueness of each store is obtained with the different handling of the implementation of these correlations, along with the flexibility over material and fabrication process. Thus, every individual store is unique while at the same time following the algorithmic set of rules of the main space branding strategy.
Casa del Agua is an artesian bottled water boutique based in Mexico City. Water is the center piece of any ecosystem, making better water is making a better us. Water is the main conductor of energy, its molecules are sensitive to human intention. Our water is collected, filtered and purified on site, that´s why we called it local water. We stimulate water with our basic values: love, gratitude, and respect, therefore it reaches its highest potential. Simple and clear. Our water is craft bottled in a calm environment.
Jaffa Port Market is a new culinary shopping and entertainment venue for food and lifestyle with stalls that offer a vibrant and exciting experience inspired by the historical, cultural, and culinary legacy of its location at the heart of Warehouse 1 in the regenerated port area on the waterfront. It is open to the port, the docks, and the seafront promenade. The wide-spaced area, that in its distant past once functioned as a collection point for goods from all over the world, takes up an area of over 1200 square meters and features a gallery, indoor and outdoor seating areas, passageways looking into open-plan kitchens; allowing visitors to wander amongst the different businesses and gain an uninhibited vantage point of the tastes, smells and colors. The eclectic mix of stalls was rigorously selected to cater to a varied audience of food connoisseurs, tourists and youngsters, families and local residents and there are both permanent businesses and alternating pop-up stalls, while some stalls offer a culinary experience, others also trade in lifestyle and design.
We've seen a lot of cardboard and cardboard-like projects in the last few years but this one feels fresh.
Stockholm based studio TAF took a piece of foam and wrapped it with fabric in the same way you make a parcel. The fabric looks like paper and the product becomes a gift. Sometimes the shape of a present becomes more important than the actual content. In this case the inside could be whatever you wish it to be. The parcels are soft and work as modules to build different comfortable seating possibilities. When the trolley is loaded with parcels it becomes an easy chair.
Lanvin's new mens flagship store is three stories high with a setup resembling a tower of increasing exclusivity. On the ground floor, shoppers will find shoes and bags — including the label’s highly-coveted sneakers — while a wide selection of suits is showcased one level up. On the third storey, Lanvin’s made-to-measure program providing custom-made garments and accessories for the house’s most ardent enthusiasts. Via http://m.hypebeast.com
Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg explores her interests in everyday consumerism and forms of Eastern spirituality. To do this she covers architectural spaces with ornate, repetitive patterns that she creates by transforming supermarket, fast food, big box store, and common household product logos. She incorporates these into large-scale, circular patterns that resemble sacred mandalas. Mandalas are cosmological diagrams that symbolically represent the universe and its cycles of life, death, and rebirth. As with a mandala, Klingbergs Wheel of Everyday Life begins at a central point and expands outward as if it could continue to infinity.
Studio Weave has transformed an awkward exterior space landlocked by buildings into the Lullaby Factory – a secret world that cannot be seen except from inside the hospital and cannot be heard by the naked ear, only by tuning in to its radio frequency or from a few special listening pipes.
The multi-phased redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London’s Bloomsbury area, means that the recently completed Morgan Stanley Clinical Building and the 1930s Southwood Building currently sit very close together. The latter is due to be demolished in 15 years, but in the intervening period large windows in the west elevation of the MSCB look directly onto a pipe-ridden brickwork facade, with the gap between the two less than one metre in places.
The aim for this project was to re-imagine the Southwood façade as the best version of itself, accepting and celebrating its qualities and oddities; and rather than hiding what is difficult, creating something unique and site specific.