6a architects was founded by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald in 2001 after meeting at the Royal College of Art. Below are some of their doors.
I'm not very good at doing holiday shopping, as much time is lost looking at how different architects handle retail spaces. I was surprised to find though that two entirely different spaces, almost within a block of each other, have been created recently by the Stockholm based firm Bozarth Fornell. Equally impressive, the two stores have exceptional material palettes along with some well executed elements, especially the custom staircase in Trademark.
I recently checked back on the website by multimedia artist Doug Aitken where he interviews friends and colleagues about their own sources of inspiration and process. With a wealth of entries, and fantastic new interface, the website is definitely a source of inspiration in its own right.
Designed by Schemata Architects, En Route is a new concept store from United Arrows that combines fashion, culture, and sport in a single space in Tokyo. Beyond an amazing set of products, the store has an eclectic array of different types of spaces including a running station and showers.
I recently discovered the design section in the German Weekly Die Zeit, and found this amazing collection of photos of Eileen Gray's masterpiece E.1027 east of Monte Carlo. Designed in 1929, the shots of the original interior immediately show exactly why the house was so revolutionary for its time.
Pentagram has recently begun overhauling Margaret Howell's retail spaces, including creating an entirely new store in Florence that will double as the brands production office in Italy. Staying exceptionally true to the brands clothing, the store occupies the ground floor of a former gallery space in the center of the city, and in addition to her own close the space showcases a number of the mid-century british designs that have now become associated with the designer.
I'm totally intrigued by this project by the Czech office Uhlik Architekti. A small watch cabin in the middle of the forest, with a flexible storage and seating system contained within. Without a bathroom, kitchen, or designated sleeping area, the building isn't really a house in the traditional sense, but at the same time feels totally domestic.
Reopening this weekend after an extensive renovation lead by Gluckman Mayner Architects, but also including work from Pentagram and DS+R, the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum will be exhibiting a series of altogether new shows including their permanent collection. The museum is pushing new territory in its approach to technology, making use of a series of interactive displays and objects that I'm extremely interested to check out.