Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, by Zaha Hadid

The Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), a cultural hub designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for the historic centre of Seoul, was inaugurated on 21 March 2014 by hosting Korean Fashion Week. Conceived as an architectural landscape that revolves around the ancient city wall and the cultural artefacts discovered during archaeological excavations...

Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2014

The Serpentine Galleries in London have today announced that Chilean architect Smiljan Radic has been commissioned to design its 2014 Summer Pavilion. Radic is the fourteenth architect to accept the invitation to design the Serpentines Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, an architectural initiative that has become one of London’s leading summer...

Givenchy new Paris flagship store

French fashion house Givenchy has unveiled a new flagship store on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, as part of an ambitious plan to inaugurate 26 new boutiques worldwide by 2015. The interiors of the boutique were conceived by French designer Joseph Dirand in collaboration with Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci drawing...

Michael Kors to open flagship store in China

American fashion brand Michael Kors has unveiled plans for its first flagship store in China. Located in Shanghai’s Jing An Kerry Centre, the new 6,000-foot retail space will be designed by Kors’ in-house team in collaboration with New York-based architectural firm KPF, and it will feature elements inspired by Michael...

Caudalie inaugurates UK flagship store and spa

French skincare brand Caudalie, which was founded in 1993 by Mathilde Thomas and her husband Bertrand using organic grapes as main ingredient, inaugurated its UK flagship store and spa. Located at 39 Monmouth Street in London’s Covent Garden, the boutique features exterior and interior design inspired by the Chateau Smith...

London’s Arts Club confirms hotel for its Dover Street site

The Arts Club, the private members club founded in 1863 in London’s Mayfair, has confirmed plans to open its own boutique hotel. With inauguration scheduled for late 2014, the hotel will include 16 rooms housed in what used to be office spaces on the second, third and fourth floors of...

Wooyoungmi inaugurate Paris flagship store

One of my all-time favourite menswear labels, the Korean-born and Paris-based Wooyoungmi, hosted the official inauguration party for their flagship store in Paris on 16 January 2014 alongside the official calendar of Paris men’s fashion week for Autumn/Winter 2014 collections, even though the boutique had been trading publicly for three...