Articles tagged Opinion

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Things I’ve learned as a witness to the changing Chinese market

Amsterdam – Shanghai-based designer Li Xiang remembers a time when offline retailers would skimp on design budgets. How did that change so much in barely five years?

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Take it from the Campana Brothers: this is how you design with a legacy in mind

Amsterdam – At the 2019 Frame Lab, Brazilian designer Humberto Campana explained how his work is a Trojan horse that uplifts and empowers impoverished communities. 

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Seen the inside of a Saint Laurent store? Then you’ve already been in Celine’s new flagship

New York City – The new Celine flagship on Madison Avenue is nearly indiscernible from Hedi Slimane’s previous spatial iterations for other fashion houses. 

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Something feels off about those fancy new marihuana dispensaries in the United States

As more American states legalize recreational cannabis, dispensaries are getting the luxury retail treatment. And there’s something wrong with that.

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The newest Rimowa store is almost good – and believe me, that’s a compliment

Berlin – The suitcase brand’s new Berlin store, by Universal Design Studio, is a fantastic execution of the client brief. And yet, that doesn’t seem right.

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‘Designers have not paid much attention to creating a vibrant store atmosphere’

Tokyo – In this essay, originally featured in our book about Schemata Architects, founder Jo Nagasaka discusses the role of retail design vs smartphones.

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‘There’s a European snobbery towards Americans in terms of culture and creation’

Paris – Alexandre de Betak rewrote the fashion-show playbook. Now he wants to apply his rebellious approach to other fields.  

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These new catch-all spaces are addressing millennial loneliness

As loneliness is on the rise among people under 35, several catch-all daytime and night-time spaces provide an opportunity to create instant communities.

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We need to stop shaming those who want to work lying down

Amsterdam – Work is about to hit the floor, and office spaces need to prepare not just for horizontal chairs, but for a change in mindset that can allow this working style to …

Andrée Putman died at 87 in Paris on 19 January 2013. Photo by Pierre et Gilles.
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Andrée Putman Dies at 87

To those who think the best success comes early and simply, let the life and work of the legendary Andrée Putman be a weighty antidote.

'Amy—Blue’ (Amy Winehouse) by Marlene Dumas, 2011 © Marlene Dumas
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Opinion: Amy—Blue by Marlene Dumas

Britain's National Portrait Gallery has purchased a painting of Amy Winehouse by contemporary giant Marlene Dumas, titled Amy—Blue, the third of the Gallery’s portraits of the late soul singer.