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.
NU Architectuuratelier’s Bomastraat House is a single family home housed within the walls of an old industrial building, featuring a translucent ceiling.
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.
Jo Nagasaka is a Osaka-born Tokyo-based architect who established Schemata Architects in 1998. In 2007, he started a collaborative office called HAPPA which combines a gallery and a shop with other facilities. Among his works are a series of beautiful projects spanning residential, retail, workplace and installations. Like many of his contemporaries, the work of Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects is all about pure forms, reduced palettes and that certain gentle, raw and unfinished aesthetic only the Japanese designers seem to know how to pull of so brilliantly. Here is a selection of some of my favourite projects…
Avigdor 22 is contemporary event space, designed by Pitsou Kedem in collaboration with Dan Troim Architecture. Unlike the unfortunate images conjured up in my mind at the thought of event venues, at Avigdor 22 there are no hints of unnecessary frills, generic furniture, over-designed carpet, ceilings plagued with ugly bulkheads and predictable lame-ass lighting. No sir! This space is all about crisp lines, high ceilings, abundance of concrete and steel, with elegantly utilitarian furniture. A perfect place for a histper Bar Mitzvah…