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Shang Xia opens space by Kego Kuma, Shanghai

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has completed a space combining retail, culture and the arts for the contemporary chinese brand Shang Xia. Embodying Asian, high-quality craftsmanship in their opulent products, the store is located in a classical french villa within the historical and prominent district of Xintiandi in Shanghai. Inside the boutique, furniture, tea ware, clothing and jewelry are amongst some products that are elegantly displayed meanwhile a distinct and delicate canopy characterizes the space. The subtle and sculptural feature is the combination of natural wood and sandstone- instilling a sophisticated and refined look. source : designboom

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Casa Cavia – concept store Buenos Aires

Fine food, fragrances, flowers, and literature come together under a single roof at Casa Cavia, a new concept store and restaurant in Buenos Aires. The brainchild of creative force Guadalupe Garcia Mosqueda, the enterprise inhabits a gracious 1927 home that has been thoughtfully updated by the architecture and design firm KallosTurin. There’s much to delight in: Pick up a bouquet from the florist, sample locally concocted perfumes, or repair to the stylish dining room—helmed by Pablo Massey, a protégé of renowned chef Francis Mallmann—with a volume from the bookstore-library, run by art publisher Ampersand. source : AD      casacavia.com

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Bubble & Stitch, Amsterdam : The New Laundry Experience

BURO NANA have designed the branding and interior design for Bubble&Stitch, a laundrette shop in Amsterdam with a new 24/7- open retail concept based on an app and a locker system. This American concept has already been put into practice across the USA and some European countries, and is opening for the first time in the Netherlands.After registering online and downloading the application, the customer can simply use the service 24/7 to drop off laundry in one of the available clean boxes. A notification is given when the order is ready for collection. Services include dry cleaning, ironing and small repairs. source thecontemporist

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Amsterdam Pop Up : The Loft

The Loft is a periodically recurring pop up store, hosted by Amsterdam venue and event space The Playing Circle. Everything in the beautifully decorated showroom is deep rooted in craftsmanship and natural materials and the rotating designs provide endless amounts of inspiration for any dweller looking to give their home a lift. Plus anything and everything in The Loft is for sale. source : http://honestlywtf.com/home/the-loft/

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ETSY GOES POP UP, LONDON

The home of the handmade, online marketplace Etsy.com has opened the doors of its first ever UK pop-up shop. Located in central London between Covent Garden and the West End, the store is a cornucopia of the best Etsy has to offer, including ceramics, art work, cards and stationery, foodie gifts, toys, fashion and textiles. Source life.style.etc

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ALCHEMIST, Miami

Perched sixty feet in the air like a floating cloud and open to the Miami Beach sky, the Alchemist boutique is a hovering glass box inserted into the fifth floor of a parking structure designed by Herzog and de Meuron. Inside, its reflective materials capture the colors and energy of the surrounding environment and make it is visible from many vantage points throughout Miami Beach.

Roma and Erika Cohen and designer Renee Gonzalez have taken a space on the fifth floor of a parking lot and turned it into haven for the jetset shopper looking looking to strike fashion gold in Miami. source : miamiescapes

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The Elder Statesman opens in Los Angeles

After seven and a half years in business, picking up the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award along the way, The Elder Statesman has finally opened its first brick and mortar store in its hometown of Los Angeles. Founder Greg Chait—recognizable by his full beard and regular rotating stylish eyewear—calls himself an “accidental” designer with roots in the music and entertainment business. It’s this non-traditional background and his very hands-on approach that has catapulted The Elder Statesman into an understated luxury brand that guarantees the finest craftsmanship for all things custom and cashmere.

With the help of LA-based studio Commune Design (whose recent work includes the American Trade Hotel in Panama) and contractor Loren Crawford, Chait created his ideal “hang-out” spot from the ground up. source : cool hunting

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The White Concept Store, Paris

The artistic production agency Splendens Factory is now innovating with a concept store based around white plastic works. Photos, sculptures, design, publications: all media are welcome on condition that they respect the immaculate colour code that is synonymous with purity and simplicity. A work of art in itself, the space has been placed under the artistic direction of Violaine Carrère, formerly a fan of colourful vintage décor who has radically changed direction. via paris-is-beautiful.com

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Frank Gehry sets sail for Louis Vuitton

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Gehry created mastlike wood structures that hold up aluminum “sails” that twist and swirl around pieces from the fall/winter ready-to-wear collection. The curved silver, graphite, Champagne, and pink sculptures, which Gehry calls “Wind Wings,” were inspired by glass sails that make up the shell of the Fondation. Louis Vuitton Maison on Fifth Avenue also features exclusive sails with an anodized black finish. The gleaming ebony waves complement Ghesquière’s modern collection of structured A-line silhouettes, many fashioned from slick leather.

The windows will be up through October at all New York locations and in select stores around the world. Visitors will also be able to scan the displays using the Louis Vuitton Pass app on their mobile phones to access exclusive content. Window shopping never looked so good. SOURCE . AD

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Hermès & the Fox’s Den, Barcelona

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France-based Zim & Zou studio have crafted a window for the Hermès store in Paseo de Gracià, Barcelona with intricately folded and vibrantly colored paper and leather. Made entirely by hand, the orange-and-blue-hued scene tells the story of a small fox who inhabits the space with his own personal objects, giving a glimpse into his quirks and personality. via design boom

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Pool, Aoyama district Tokyo

New concept store in Aoyama district of Tokyo is located in an abandoned pool in a private 70s residential building called the POOL. Rather than demolish the interior, the team decided to keep the disused pool and keep the theme alive by making use of its empty pool as its main feature of the store. Hiroshi Fujiwara was appointed to direct the project, thus ensuring plenty of coverage and hype before it opened its doors last Saturday. Inside, customers can find the POOL Aoyama original products, such as bags, apparel, accessories, and even toilet paper.

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“The Apartment ” on Greene Street, NYC

The Apartment by The Line is the place to find some of our favorite things in the intimate context of a home as well as to meet and learn more about the creators of quintessential things: their inspirations, ideas, processes, guiding traditions, and materials. These themes are the starting point for the discussions, workshops, screenings, and dinners that we host at The Apartment.