Season’s Greetings | christmas window displays

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Enjoy this last weekend before Christmas spins into full effect! We leave you here with some of the best Christmas window displays around the world.

Hugs to each of you!


Harrods “Once Upon A Dream” Disney Princesses Window Display
Dolce & Gabbana Christmas windows 2012, Vienna
Johnnie Walker “Where Flavour is King” Christmas Window Display 2012 at Selfridges
Harvey Nichols Christmas Oriental Window Display 2012

Christian Louboutin’s Christmas tree, Paris


K&Ö Ice Princess Christmas windows, Graz

INTERIORS | Sweet Alchemy Pastry Shop, Athens

Athens-based design studio Kois Associated Architects have designed the interiors of the Sweet Alchemy Pastry Shop project. Completed in 2012, the delightful shop can be found in the market suburb of Kifisia in the northern district of Athens, Greece.

According to the architects: “The client is Stelios Parliaros who is considered to be the best Patisserie in Greece, author of many culinary books and host of a very popular patisserie show on Greek TV.

“Alchemy a notion associated with darkness mystery and mysticism practiced in laboratories full of peculiar enigmatic devices, rare distils crystals and potions. These images were the starting point for the development of a central idea, the recreation of this atmosphere in a contemporary outtake.

“The philosophy behind the choice of materials was in tune with the philosophy of our client. Selection of the raw materials and no substitutes, Iron, bronze, copper and wood were selected for their natural characteristics and were only processed but not altered in order emulate an appearance.

Retail | OWEN Store NYC | Tacklebox Arhitecture


Project: OWEN Store| Location: Meatpacking District, NY, USA | Architects: Tacklebox arhitecture

Description by Architects : Located in the Meatpacking District, OWEN Store  occupies an 1,800 square foot space that previously housed a meat storage facility, auto storage, and a floral shop.  In response to the rich history of the space and through the juxtaposition of industrial elements with the handmade, we sought to create a place that is both familiar and timeless. Here a continuous surface, hand-built out of 25,000 brown paper bags, arches from floor to ceiling. The repetition of the paper bags results in a honeycomb-like structure that defines a warm, organic volume which sits within the existing industrial brick and concrete space.  Additionally, all clothing, accessories, and jewelry are displayed on quartz slab tables, blackened steel hang-bars and steel and glass vitrine whose linearity and crisp details sit in contrast to the delicate texture of the paper arch beyond. Here at Arhitektura+ we find this idea creative and not to mention, highly affordable. Just don’t know what happens if someone leans on the wall?

the openings of the bags create a delicate honeycomb pattern

clean light fixtures contrast the texture of the walls and ceiling

25,000 paper bags line the walls of the store

the repetitious surface of paper bags wraps the walls and ceiling, enveloping visitors

Via | Tacklebox Architecture

Cocotte | French Restaurant

Cocotte - Restaurant


Project: Cocotte | Designer: Foreign Policy Design | Location: Singapore | Compleated: 2009

Cocotte (which means for ‘honey’ or ‘sweetie’) is a French restaurant in Singapore, in the Little India neighbourhood. Cocotte presents a rustic atmosphere and actual food. It’s all about having a real kitchen and real people in front of you. Meals come in shareable platters (think tapas) and the ambiance makes you feel nothing but comfy. The philosophy had to pass by a good branding and this time it’s signed from Foreign Policy Design.

Cocotte Restaurant

Cocotte Restaurant

‘The Cocotte logo takes its inspiration from old-style local French eateries and hand-painted signage. Rough-looking weathered menu boards with newsprint menus to further convey the simplicity, the down-to-earth and unpretentious personality.’

Cocotte Restaurant

Cocotte - Design

This cozy restaurant is located on the ground lever of Wanderlust, Cocotte serves up tasteful, rustic French cuisine in a casual and comfortable setting. The owners wanted to achieve the heart of French country cooking, where people could share platters of piping hot food and have delicious dishes passed across the table between loved ones and they have done exactly that. ‘Bon appetit’ everyone!

Cocotte - Menu

Cocotte - Plates

Via | The Foreign Design Group & Cocotte

Serbia Open Cafe | Novak Djokovic


Project: Novak Cafe | | Architects: Bojan Supeljak | Location: Belgrade, Serbia | Compleated: 2009

The Belgrade Tournament ATP  and one of his major player, Mr Djokovic, has requested for a new restaurant to live up to the standards requested by the ATP tournament. The studio has design a venue that favors from the best view of the tennis courts and its adjoining areas as well as providing a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, a precious luxury in the frenzy of the tournament organization.
Photo © Paolo Colombo

Fashion Studio | Irena Kilibarda


Project: Fashion Studio| Architects: Irena Kilibarda | Location: Belgrade, Serbia

Here are some images of a fashion store in Belgrade, Serbia, designed by architect Irena Kilibarda of Dsigned By for fashion designer Tamara Radivojevic. Fashion Store is located in the centre of Belgrade-Strahinjica Bana street, which has become a hotspot for up-and-coming fashion designers and their studios since its opening.

Much like the fashion designer’s neutral, minimalist creations, the Fashion Studio in Belgrade maintains a modern, minimalist aesthetic, which is probably due to Kilibarda’s use of concrete. The walls and floors are all made of concrete, and curved in a way so as to visually rise and meet each other.

[Via Dezeen here]

Inspiring Retail Design of Jewelry Stores

[1] The store,  Bottega Veneta‘s second in New York City, represents the next step in the brand’s retail growth and features an entirely new approach to the shopping experience. This new concept, developed for cities in which Bottega Veneta has an established presence, consists of specialized stores tailored to specific customers and particular neighborhoods. On Madison Avenue, that means an elegant boutique offering a precisely edited selection of only women’s products, including handbags, small leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, jewelry, accessories, sunglasses, and fragrance.  American oak, dark ivory Dolomite marble, and bronze-tinted glass illuminate the space, adding brightness, clarity, and texture. Matte black and warm gray metal lend a muted glow to fixtures.

[2] Italy-based Studio 63 Architecture + Design recently has completed Nomination Venice interior project in Venice Italy. Nomination stores have been opened in Vienna, Shanghai, Beijing Hanover and next opening in Milan. The concept for the store derives from the necessity to put together the essential, rigorous lines with elegant and precious materials. The counter becomes a reflecting panel in dark glass, that reveals a warm yellow stripe, the color that represents the brand. The yellow stripe repeats itself in the Miyako lamp designed by Studio 63 for Danese.

[3] Octium, a jewelry shop, opened its doors in October 2009. Located in 360º mall in Kuwait, Octium presents the work of various exclusive jewelry designers from around the globe. Hayon’s design offers an innovative approach to the interior. Most elements where custom designed for the project using contrasting finishes like glossy lacquered woods, natural oak, ceramic and luxurious fabrics.

[4] The concept behind the new Faraone jewellery shop in Milan, Via Montenapoleone was carried out by architect Massimo Iosa Ghini. It was inspired by an idea of preciousness characterized by symbolic pieces that envelope and outline the space in order to provide refined and elegant display opportunities. The boutique is laid out over two levels with a connecting staircase and a large wall that serves as a backdrop and features multiple coloured glass plates in amber, yellow and bronze shade. The small “privées” on the first floor are dedicated to customers who prefer a quieter space just for them.

[5] Swarovski Ginza by Lighting Planners Associates. Swarovski shop with crystals in Ginza district in Tokyo(JP) was opened in 2008. A designer who works across product, interior and exhibition design, Yoshioka’s recent shop fitout for Swarovski’s flagship boutique in Ginza, Japan, carves crystal into a spatial envelope that reflects back aspirations of lavish consumer culture. By contrast, the interior is pure white and we used a variety of methods to make it sparkle. Crystals were also incorporated into the staircase for another special lighting effect. Each step is covered with crystal beads.

Myer, Melbourne


Project: Myer Bourke Street | Location: Melbourne, Australia| Architect: | NH Architecture

Building completion: 2011

The Myer renovations have introduced a golden glow to the retail heart of Melbourne’s CBD.  The Art Deco Bourke Street Mall facade has also been sensitively restored. Windows have been recommissioned to give life to the facade while allowing tempting glimpses of the retail activities within.

The  $225 million redevelopment of one of Melbourne’s most iconic shopping strips has won many awards and now gained recognition on a global scale.

A diamond-shaped skylight directs natural light into the atrium to transform a usually internalized retail environment into airy spaces.

[via NH Architecture]

Streetology / Sneakerology Store


Project: Streetology / Sneakerology | Location:Sydney, Australia| Architect: Facet Studio Building completion: 2011

Facet Studio’s Sneakerology was awarded Best Retail in 2011, with it’s illuminating approach to presenting shoes in an engaging and immersive fashion as a museum which exhibits sneakers. This is Sneakerology in the new Westfield Shopping Centre, Sydney. Each box is 200mm x 600mm, and are individually numbered. By interacting with the touch panels located in the middle of the shop floor, it is possible to extract detailed information of the merchandise in front of your eyes. The consumer is able to experience the philosophy of each maker, thoughts of people involved in the design of the merchandise, and any story in the history of this design, hidden behind each individual shoe.

There is no such field of study called “Streetology”; but this shop is a visual reflection of the street trend.  It creates excitement by drawing a parallel between the shopping experience, and the act of flipping through pages of magazine asking ones self, “I wonder what is popular now on the streets!” – Facet Studio

Suspended vending machines dispense plastic tubes containing coloured T-shirts. The tubes are arranged by colour, with a sample T-shirt on a hanger below each dispenser.

Streetology the shop is situated next to shoe store Sneakerology Westfields Sydney.

[via Facet Studio]

Armani Fifth Avenue


Project: Armani Fifth Avenue   | Location:New York, USA| Architect: Doriana & Massimiliano Fuksas Building completion: 2009

Situated in the centre of New York, in one of the world’s well-known streets, the project takes up the first three floors of the two buildings located between 5th Avenue and 56th Street.

The heart of the building is epitomised by the staircase. Structure in rolled calended steel and cladded in a plastic layer that highlights its exceptional sculptural presence. The movement of the ribbons that constitutes the staircase, skimming each floor, disenchants the possibility to recognise the geometry.

There is confliction between the apparent simplicity of the internal space and the cafe/restaurant giving an advanced notice of the elevators entrance. The refolded bronze that covers them. acquired and reflects the colours and the shades giving a glimpse of the new atmosphere. From the restaurant, filtered by an amber veil, there is a splendid view of 5th Avenue and the end of Central Park.

[via Doriana & Massimiliano Fuksas,  Ramon Prat, Allan Toft]