More Wonderwall, back in Japan this time with the opening of Mackintosh. Classic British fashion and lifestyle is the inspiration for the design of this space. The stylish interior is comprised of large scale parquet floor against white fielded panels on walls and white ceilings with chunky grid panel mouldings and covings.
Traditional furniture in the form of chesterfield sofas and polished timber tables and desks sit alongside gold plated steel frame showcases that product hangs in. A low lit corridor with timber clad walls holding minimally hung product, again on gold rails, overlooks a beautiful sweeping staircase in white, with blue carpet and black ironmongery balustrade.
I love the scale of this restaurant in Melbourne, Shed 5 has been designed by Loop Creative, with an industrial/warehouse look and feel. The project is currently still only at visualisation stage.
Ok, I know I am a massive Nike Fan Boy. I have recently written about all they have been doing during the olympics with pop-up stores But this Camp Victory is immense and certainly worth a mention.
The temporary installation was created for the Olympics and sits within the Oregon University campus. Severe geometric shapes illuminated by L.E.D lighting form the various facades of the building. Inside, scattered amongst the various display walls and glass tanks are more interactive innovations along the lines of what we have seen in the Fuelstation and House of Innovation.
The elegant and dynamic form of the Velodrome was the first stadium to be completed in Stratford’s Olympic Village. It has since won awards for its design and sustainability, the latter in particular is something designers Hopkins Architects are very proud of.
The venue cleverly makes use of natural light in the form of a glass band that runs around the entire building connecting the athletes inside to the visitors in the Olympic Park outside. The same glass band ‘props up’ the beautiful curved facade of the building, clad in Western red cedar. The architects claim sustainability over beauty, was the driving factor in their design. But for me the timber clad facade is a sculptural masterpiece.
Another day, another pop-up store by Nike. This time in Selfridges, London. The shop is more aligned with the fuel station concept of Box Park, showcasing the brands latest digitally enabled products.
A series of events hosted by Nike’s global director for the Olympics, Martin Lotti, demonstrate the latest innovations to be used during the London 2012 Olympic games. Again the space is not so much about the display of physical product and is more so focused on multi channel and digital interventions to tell the brands latest story.
If i designed such a magnificent building to host a sporting event watched by the public and then didn’t receive a single invitation or ticket to said sporting event I would be less than impressed.
The building has recently found its way back in to the news, not because the olympics start in less than 24 hours time, but sadly for the wrong reasons….Dezeen recently reported that a dispute has occured between LOCOG and the award winning architect over 600 tickets that have been sold to spectators that will have restricted views of the top diving board events.
Ok, so here’s a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s Billionaire Boys Club (BBC), brand design by Pharrell Williams, store design by Wonderwall. I’ve always loved the brand even though I would look absurd in their clothes. I owned and wore (very badly) one of their T-shirts when I was at Uni.
This particular store design in Hong Kong is comical, split between Ice Cream, over two floors and a further two floors above dedicated to the BBC brand. It looks like Disney land to me, I know I shouldn’t like it but i do. Continue Reading
Nike are one of the many pop-up shops appearing around London in preperation for the Olympics. The brand have recently acquired a beautiful atrium space in Liberty, London.
Their pop-up is perfectly fitting for the Liberty’s customer and the surrounding architecture. It has elegance and grace in the form of ornately detailed balloons that spiral up through the atrium. It juxtaposes the store interestingly however with the use of premium materials and illuminated feature walls behind bespoke contemporary/traditional furniture. Continue Reading
I love this, another example of Japanese store design that takes its inspiration from Wonderwall’s design. This time in the form of an artisan candy shop in Yokohama, by Yuseke Seki.
The offer is caramel artesans, all made made by hand, the design of the store celebrates the process of making candy in a laboratory like setting. The store has a low ceiling and is low lit to give a dramatic feel. It is documented that each of the other stores in Japan and across the world is set up with the same laboratory look and feel. But it is the Yokohama branch that is the first design led store. Continue Reading