Japanese architect Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects has designed the interior of the first Aesop shop in Aoyama, Tokyo. Mainly built from materials found in an abandoned house in nakano-ku due for demolition, the space is minimal and contemporary whilst possessing the warmth and richness of traditional Japanese design.
Aesop’s range of hair and skincare products sit on bundles of timber taken from the abandoned ‘murazawa’ house and wooden panels from the house are reincarnated as neatly stacked display shelves. The best thing about this project is the attention to detail, clearly fuelled by a deep appreciation of raw everyday materials and the glimpses of past uses they reveal. Blank surfaces are defined by small details of the shops skeleton. Much like a Rachel Whiteread sculptures, channels are dug around water pipes and manholes in the floor and filled with epoxy resin and lighting cables are exposed and arranged in linear patterns, like delicate drawings.
Could this be the future of community centres? Open House is a vertical village of haphazardly stacked house shaped rooms recently opened in Anyang, Korea.
Raumlaborkorea, a research and intervention unit of the design group Raumlaborberlin, were invited to design, programme and build this centre as part of ‘Anyang public art project/ A new community in the open city’. Described by it’s designers as a ‘social sculpture’, the project aims to knit into the existing urban and social landscape and not only serves the local community but was also built by them!
Two hundred residents of Anyang took part in building workshops and completed the stacked rooms which include a bicycle rent shop, a children’s play pavillion, a community garden and a tea room.
I love this project, Raumlaborkorea have reinvented the architecture associated with community and participation and created a playful and exciting project which also looks great!
After much success in Spitalfields, Rosa’s Thai restaurant opened a ‘Pop-Up’ in Soho called Noodles, this was so well received that people in Soho now have permanent access to a Rosa’s fix.
The interior design, done by Gundry and Ducker, features moulded oak panelling lined with brass plates at the edges. The design is intended to be reminiscent of a traditional British cafe with a Thai edge. A warm and inviting interior is achieved by using soft lighting and red and brown tones. This color scheme is used throughout the ground floor, with lighter tones as it is intended primarily for daytime use.Booths and partitions are formed by the moulded oak panelling, which are modified in places to form coat hooks and lamps. The oak profiles are echoed in the borders of the laser-cut brass plates that decorate the walls. The basement is much darker, featuring gloss, gray and reclaimed teak, reflecting its purpose as an evening space.
And here is a little bit about the Pop-Up, in case you missed it:
The designers chose to celebrate the temporary nature of the restaurant by whitewashing the interior of the shop it was located in as they found it and using materials and construction methods that are usually associated with impermanence. They placed a series of plywood booths throughout, these had glowing red interiors and arched entrances. Chairs were also made of plywood and were held together by cable ties. They made use of illuminated signage and arrows, and this, along with the color scheme was intended to acknowledge Soho’s red-light district heritage. Displayed on the shelves were laser cut highlights from the menu, each in a typeface reflecting its character.
(via Dezeen and Gundry+Ducker)
The growing family of lamps ‘Found Form’ is the first design to be presented under Dutch native Enina Waelstham’s own name and company. It is a clear presentation of her company Mormels’ vision for design, for the future of our planet and our homes.
“At mormels it is all about our daily experiences within our cluttered environment. We have grown used to being bombarded by images and are able to process and consume these at a very high speed. Mormels tries to use this existing language and re-use, recycle as you like, it as to break you out of your standard viewpoint.”
‘Found Form’ investigates reusing the wealth we already have in our world, as the shapes of the lamps come from existing objects in our everyday surroundings. By linking these shapes and taking their combined shape via the traditional technique of papier-mâché a new fascinating object comes to life. The material used to create the lamps over these objects is recycled paper, thus creating a lightweight, eco friendly, biodegradable and unique lamp.
Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan is presenting a store installation “nature Factory” by Makoto Tanijiri of Hiroshima architects Suppose Design Office. The installation uses plastic plumbing pipes and joints to create a series of tree-like forms inside the store.
Denim as recognised work clothes formerly has, at times, shown different expressions as fashion items to the people. Equally, a group of plumbing, usually unnoticed, shows completely different expressions under the name of “Nature Factory”. The complex plumbing, trailing by the wall in all directions will cover all over the space. It is like a tree grown over a long time. An atmosphere like a natural arbor is created in the space covered with artificial plumbing.
Diesel Denim Gallery Ayoama holds art installations twice a year on the 1st floor, and art exhibitions four times a year, featuring different artists on each floor. The installation runs until 31 January 2010.
Japanese designers Inly Design have designed a combined bakery, dried food store and cafe in Osaka, Japan. “Konjaku-an” cooks and bakes with the ingredients and the wisdom from Japanese ancient times in order to preserve the traditional techniques and recipes and to transfer them into modern times.
The interior manages to let “the old” and “the new” coexist by combining, for example, an old footing board, a worn-out farm implement, an antique table and a bamboo colander with a partition created by recycled hula-hoop rings and a “lighting umbrella” – i.e. multiple lamps that hang from the ceiling on cables, all originating from a central light fitting.
The latest addition to NYC’s Chelsea Market is the Ronnybrook Milk Bar featuring Ronnybrook Farm‘s line of milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream incorporated into seasonal breakfast and lunch menus.
Designed by Mark Sarosi in collaboration with Studio A+I, a small Brooklyn design firm, it features a circular island counter in the centre. Along the walls is a whole stock of old antique wooden milk boxes “to make it feel like you’re back at the farm”.
“Chelsea Market itself is an environment where transparency is key. It’s a marketplace wthout walls where you can watch purveyors practice their trade. Our transparency is kind of minimal, but you can watch drinks and sandwiches being made and ice cream being dipped. It’s a nod to old Americana, the milk shop and the North Eastern kitchen,” says Mark Sarosi, the initiator of the space. “I never thought it would be this busy!”
Well there is no wastage from TOPSHOP for their excellent pop up lunch box at the London Fashion Week this year which was on from 20th to the 25th of February 2009. Fashion designers, journalist, photographers, general visitors, gate crashers and waif like models could que up to get simple refreshments in this excellent pop up fashion designers tuck shop.
The design created by TOPSHOP is the construction of a shed that you would find in any suburban garden. The shed is made up from recycled waste such as old doors, pieces of ply, corrugated metal, plastic, OSB (oriented strand board) some screws string and no doubt, double sided sticky tape. Signage was created from black spray applied through a cut stencil and randomly applied posters. An interesting combination of materials which is simple in design, fun, eclectic and echo’s the current trend to recycle, recycle, recycle.
As you can see from the photograph when we arrived rather parched and peckish, it was closed. Oh well at least it was something interesting to look at. If you like pop up things then check out our pop up cardboard cafe which we put on during the London Design Festival. The cafe was made from 8000 recyclable cardboard boxes, and we had cup cakes that we gave away.