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Two dilapidated sheds built in 1961 on the shingle beach of Dungeness in Kent have been replaced with a cosy holiday home by London studios MS-DA and Johnson Naylor.
Although well-established in Japan for many years, Paul Smith lacked a notable presence in Osaka, the country’s second largest city. Well, that was yesterday. Finding a premium location smack on Mido-suji dori, a bustling tree-lined artery in the heart of the city, the British luxury brand rubs shoulders with peers from the industry, such as Hermès, Commes des Garçons and Louis Vuitton. The Paul Smith flagship store occupies a 213 sqm. (2,293 sq.ft.) on the ground floor of a 12-storey office building and the façade has been especially modified and now features faux glazed blue bricks and both a doorway and windows framed by shiny green metal.
Compared to cosmopolitan Prague and the industrial powerhouse of Brno, Zlín was just a sleepy provincial Czech town before local entrepreneur Tomáš Baťa founded his shoemaking business there in 1894. With his help, the small Moravian town played a cruc…
In contrast to Western culture, furniture does not have much of a presence in traditional Japanese architecture and is extremely understated. At a recent exhibition jointly curated by Kengo Kuma and his long-term collaborator Time & Style, held in the manufacturer’s Amsterdam showroom, the architect explains, ‘The transparent nature of traditional Japanese architecture avoids heavy walls and uses slim pillars to support roofs, under which is an open-plan space. Paper-covered sliding windows called shoji act as walls, and even then these are often left open. Similarly, thin sliding doors divide interior spaces.’
Ilex Studio’s avocado and acorn vases give new trees a head start while adding some greenery to your interior space. Riffing on the age-old technique of using crossed toothpicks or grilling skewers to balance sprouting plants over water, the uniquely shaped glass vessels are comprised of a large, fl
Kaizen coffee co. is known as one of the best specialty coffee places in Bangkok, founded by a young barista, Arnun Wattanaporn whose passion is highly influenced by Australia’s vibrant coffee scene. After a widely successful reception from its coffee lovers, Kaizen has recently launched its new home in Ekamai, one of the prime locations in the heart of Bangkok.