Category Archives: Design Statement

Design Talks, The Concept of the New Luxury

Recently I’m posting many thing on Dutch designer Alexander van Slobbe.

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I met him in the moment  I was in the process of organizing the seminar  The Future of Retail at Westerdals School of Communication. I had a great programm with really great professionals: Robert Thiemann,  the Editor-in- Chief of Frame magazine; Thomas Mick, Director of Dior Interior Retail & Visual Merchandising and Charlotte Bjorklund from Li Edelkort’s  Trend Union, but I was missing something.

I guess, I was still missing my personal answer where the future of retail is for me.

And somehow this man, that I had not have any idea about before I came to Amsterdam and just  walked into his shop,  who was taking very slowly,  gave me my personal answer. ( Specially after Robert Thiemann told me the whole his story : about  Alexander van Slobbe going  to Japan, becoming a big brand there and after leaving for home.)

I believe that his New Luxury is my Future of Retail: designers and products made and sold locally not because of a wish to make a fashion super-empire ( I believe this time is over: Armani was the last one) , but doing the things you believe in. Do it differently than even your friends do. Choose yourself what to read, what to buy and what to eat.

Yes, about eating. Now when everyone is some kind of  “healthy ” diet, the most popular is to  avoiding carbohydrates,  I believe, that sourdough bread, made in the bakery on the corner from your house,  is luxury. Because it’s fresh, solf and tasty. It’s not about a brand: is it Åpen Bakery or United Bakeries, it’s about the right way of making  and selling bread.

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But in terms of New Luxury, I’ve already contacted Eventarchitectuur, who did the shop for Alexander van Slobbe.

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I hope, they will make The Future of Retail in Oslo next year.

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Buy Design, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Millard House For Sale

Originally built for Alice Millard (a humble book dealer) (1923) in Pasadena, California for $17,000 USD Frank Lloyd Wright’s Millard House  has been listed with Crosby Doe Associates for $4,495,000 USD.

It is definitely worth buying this house, because Wright stated he would rather have built the Millard House than St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, claiming it as one of his favorites and affectionately nick-naming it, ‘La Miniatura.’

More pictures on www.home-designing.com

 

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Design Masterclass, Real Fantasies by AMO and Prada

There is another masterclass by AMO and Prada  for retail designers and visual merchandisers: Prada Real Fantasies for Spring/Summer 2013.

Art directed  by AMO, the video presentation features Lok Jansen, Jeroen Koolhaas, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Miguel Taborda, Lucia Venturini and Lucia Zamponi.

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Design File,Quality of Isabel Marant Sneakers

Not so long ago I wrote a very complimentary post on Isabel Marant and her idea of the wedges  sneakers.

I still thing hight of her as a designers, but the bad quality of her stuff is just killing me. Today I accidentally had a look on the soles of my sneakers and discovered terrible holes after  just 2 month of wearing them. It’s really upsetting since  the prize of these sneakers in Norway is 3800 NOK  ( or 513 EUR). The price is just too hight for the quality Marant offers.

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Design Statement, Foil Plates are Fashion Forward

French artist and designer Arnold Goron has filled seven high fashion stores with installations of aluminum plates stapled to wooden structures. More on www.frameweb.com

More Aluminium Snail Plate in NY, Beijing, Madrid, Beirut, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong

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