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RETAIL E-LIGHT

This month we check out the coolest store design in New York, Porto and Hangzhou. We take a look inside Swedish fashion brand Acne's new store in New York City – the brand's largest opening yet, designed by British designer Max Lamb. Next up the Heike fashion concept store in China has been awarded the World Interior of the Year prize at Inside 2016. Lastly, Architect Paulo Merlini has designed a sushi bar in Porto, Portugal with more than 8,000 wooden chopsticks hanging above diners. The project was lauded at this year's Architizer A+Awards.

Acne's Madison Avenue store furnished by Max Lamb

British designer Max Lamb has created sculptural furniture and colourful rugs for Acne's new store in New York City – the brand's largest opening yet. Located on Madison Avenue in Manhattan's Upper East Side, the new Acne store is the Swedish fashion brand's global flagship.

Its interiors, designed by Lamb in collaboration with Acne's creative director Jonny Johansson, feature gold as the signature colour. Metal interior walls contrast with a black asphalt floor, while structural pillars are decorated with colourful, semi-precious stones. To furnish the space, Lamb created a series of bronze furniture pieces, including a desk, benches and stools.

The ceiling of the store is completely illuminated to create a soft, consistent light throughout the store.

For more information, read the article here.

Heike fashion concept store wins World Interior of the Year 2016

A monochrome clothing boutique in China has been awarded the World Interior of the Year prize at Inside 2016.

Designed by Shanwei Weng and Jiadie Yuan, founders of AN Design, the Heike fashion concept store occupies a warehouse-like space in Hangzhou.

A black box at the centre of the shop marks the location of a staircase, which leads up through a "wedge-shaped" volume to connect the two floors of the 200-square-metre interior.

Because of this, the designers call the project Black Cant System.

Clothing is presented on geometric clothing rails. Other details include fan-shaped handrails, aluminium chandeliers, bespoke furniture elements and large mirrors.

Heike was selected ahead of eight other category winners announced on day one and day two of the festival, including a refurbished English theatre and a 1950s-style burger restaurant in Shanghai.

Judges said the project "challenges conventional ideas about a retail fashion store".

For more information, read the article here.

Paulo Merlini suspends chopsticks from ceiling of minimal sushi bar

Architect Paulo Merlini has designed a sushi bar in Porto, Portugal with more than 8,000 wooden chopsticks hanging above diners. The project was lauded at this year's Architizer A+Awards.

The Basho Sushi House sits in a compact 25-square-metre shop unit on the outskirts of Porto.

Merlini’s intention was to highlight the role of the sushi chef, who can be viewed at work in the kitchen from the dining space in front.

Not wanting to distract from the preparation of the raw seafood dishes, Merlini decided the ceiling would be the optimum place for a design feature.

He therefore suspended 8,400 chopsticks – commonly used as utensils for eating Asian cuisine – to create an undulating and illuminating installation above customers' heads.

The architect likens the feature to a "structured cloud" that suggests "the profile of a Japanese temple". Walls are kept dark, while wood is used for flooring and sparse furnishings.

For more information, read the article here.

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