Italian architect Fabio Ferrillo has given new life to an abandoned early 20th-Century blacksmith’s workshop in Milan, by transforming it into the new MSGM fashion headquarters. The original space was seriously run-down, but it’s crude and post-industrial aesthetic is now it’s most fascinating and contemporary aspect.
Previously a renowned recording studio for the who’s who of the 20th century music legends (think Rolling Stones, The Who, Prince, Nick Cave and Madonna), Olympic Studios in London has recently been transformed into an independent cinema, café, dining rooms, and a members club. The design concept was created by Simone McEwan, previously Concept Designer at Selfridges and Design Director at Soho House, who embraced the legacy of the building and translated it into every facet of the Olympic experience.
If you’re a sucker for hipster retail spaces, no-nosense industrial aesthetic and New York City (who the hell isn’t?) then boy do I have a treat for you today. Retrosuperfuture is an Italian sunglasses label with their first recently opened flagship store in the US that has me feeling weak at the knees. For my money, the stripped back, industrial chic hits that sweet-spot between the luxurious and the austere.
Smack bang in the middle of Sydney CBD, Pablo & Rusty’s by Giant Design is the cranked up version of Saxon Wright’s Lane Cove café. The flagship store is consistent in tone – it’s warm and industrial, and has the same sustainable and ethical ethos. The difference is in the stature – this roastery is grand.
This year, interior architect Joanna Laajisto was invited to design a private pop up dining space for the Helsinki Design Week. With Finnish luxury being one of the core focuses of the festival, Laajisto explored the idea of luxury in today’s society. After contemplating what luxury meant to her, Laajisto drew inspiration from her childhood memories spent at her family’s cottage by the lake in Finland’s countryside…
We’re off to Spain today, to Pamplona. Tabuenca & Leache Arquitectos have stitched a caliente cultural centre into the bones of an historic town palace. The photos are by Luis Prieto. And frankly, they are so good I wet my pants…