In an effort to tap in to the lucrative Japanese luxury market, Swarovski has opened a two-story flagship store in the upscale central Ginza district. The shop features a facade covered in layers of mirrored stainless steel. its sparkling appearance is intended to resemble a ‘crystal forest’
Les Bains des Docks Aquatic Centre designed by Jean Nouvel has been opened in the historical Port of Le Havre. We marvel at the way the light plays over the surfaces, and of course the splash of colour. Inspired by Roman baths, these baths are part of a revitalized dock area of the port city.
This interior for Danone Waters of Japan, makers of Volvic and Evian, was inspired by the refracted vision we see through water. The walls are made of a series of long glass tubes (5mm thick, 60mm diameter), custom made for this project.
Danone Waters, Nakameguro Tokyo, Japan by Torafu Architects
Nightclub maestro-turned-hotelier-turned-developer Ian Schrager, has just about sold all units of 40 Bond in New York: “The attention to detail is what makes this building so different from any other in the city,” says Schrager, pointing at the pixels on screens beneath the green glass that go from marble-sized concentric circles to pin-sized. “I think the last building that approached this level of architectural achievement in this city is the Seagram’s Building by Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson.”
40 Bond is impressive for a loft building, this may be the future direction of urban renewal.
Made from 5mm cubes, this micro-mosaic is made for an easy 2 step application, the results are stunning.
I Frammenti, by Claudio Silvestrin, for Brix
Virgin Atlantic is known for its off beat, non corporate, luxurious yet fun Clubhouse lounges around the world. Tokyo was to be no different. The brief was simple: the new Virgin Clubhouse should be 1/3 Virgin, 1/3 Japan and 1/3 the designer’s own distinct expression.
Virgin Clubhouse, Narita Airport, Terminal 1, Japan, by Klein Dytham Architecture
Olivomare is a seafood restaurant belonging to the well known London brand Olivo. Apart from his name, such peculiarity is highlighted by the formal and decorative language adopted to focus on its aspect using more or less clear references to the sea world and environment. The main dining room is entirely covered by a large cladding featuring a pattern inspired by the works of the artist Maurits Escher, in which each single portion of colour is laser cut out of a sheet of opaque laminated plastic and juxtaposed on the vertical surface exactly as if it was a huge jigsaw puzzle.
French born Nicolas Gwenael has been living in Japan and originally designed this tap for the own needs. But found the idea worked so well that it decided to seek a manufacturer for series production, enter Agape, the maker of pared down bath fittings. Sen is a panel made of polished metal behind different functions of the bath is hidden, the longer the panel is, the more functions it can accommodate: a tap, a towel and paper holder, toothpaste holder and drinking cup.
Sen, by Nicolas Gwenael, for Agape