Hide and Seek – The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs

Hide and Seek – The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs

Our longing for simplicity, clarity, and retreat often leads us into nature. Hide and Seek showcases a range of charming and elegant hideouts that satisfy this yearning.

About This Book

The highly individual cabins, hideaways, and summer homes featured in Hide and Seek offer their owners exceptional, yet convenient ways to escape urban routines and embed themselves into the land. These imaginative structures meld traditional architecture with modern living in fascinating and surprising ways. Whether located in the forest, on the water, or in the mountains; whether light and minimalistic or dark and cozy, the compelling dwellings exemplify how to create remote shelters that bring calm and balance to our hectic lives. With the right concept, furniture, décor, and atmosphere, even small or basic designs become stunning sanctuaries.

Hide and Seek is a contemporary survey of contextual architecture and interior design that channels our shared desire for peace and quiet. These projects not only have the power to get people in touch with their surroundings, but also with themselves.

Available now in gestalten.com

Versus Versace Opens in New York City, London & Paris!

Versus Versace Opens in New York City, London & Paris!

The three stores with new concept conceived by Donatella Versace in collaboration with the English architect Carmody & Groarke skilfully express the brand’s indivisible link between physical collection and virtual content.

Store materials, spaces and retail display are cast aside, in favor of a dynamic and immersive installation of ‘two-way’ mirrors well balanced in delicate brass frames to deliver the spectrum of the Versus Versace collection, customer and streamed on-line content.

At the heart of Versus Versace is the VERSUS VERSACE collection which remixes the Versace DNA, resulting in completely new pieces in sharp silhouettes with iconic motifs that transcend seasons.

Since its inception, Versus has been a label that captures the rock ‘n’ roll spirit of Versace. In the 21st century, the Versus Versace rebel community live their lives online and the digital spirit is underlined by digital devices all around the stores. An atmosphere of improvisation and participation, of meshing together culture, fashion and events prevails over formality reflecting the mood of the brand for a new and young generation.

Versus Versace NY
75 Greene St, New York, NY 10012

Versus Versace Paris
198 Boulevard Saint-Germain 75007 Paris

Versus Versace London
31-39 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ London

Alexander McQueen Paris Store

Alexander McQueen opens the doors to its first store in Paris. Located on the prestigious Rue Saint-Honoré the store has been developed especially with the Parisian style and historical architecture in mind.

Sarah Burton, Creative Director of Alexander McQueen, has worked together with David Collins Studio to conceive the two floor exclusive retail experience housing women’s accessories, ready-to-wear, bags and shoes, menswear, women’s evening wear and McQueen.

“The Paris store is a truly significant opening and we are very proud to finally have a flagship in such an inspirational city. I am excited that customers will get to experience this exclusive McQueen world and shop in an immersive environment.” – Sarah Burton

Key features include a Nero Marquina marble and white onyx staircase, a glass and Carrera marble mannequin case, sculptural tables by Fred Brouard and Jacques Duval-Brasseur, handmade Alexander McQueen rugs, and custom made Alexander McQueen wallpaper.

Alexander McQueen
372 Rue Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris
T +33 1 7080 7800

Louis Vuitton Heads to Washington

Louis Vuitton Heads to Washington

Louis Vuitton‘s new Washington DC presence is a free standing boutique that extends the luxury of the global fashion house to the political headquarters of the United States. Located in the central plaza of the newly-furnished City Center DC, in the city’s downtown area, the store offers an assortment of leathergoods, shoes, and accessories with a few bespoke twists—including custom monogramming and hot stamping services—for men and women. Constructed to replicate the LV flower, the store’s aluminum façade features intricate layers of metal repeated, while its interior boasts fabric walls, oak floors, and a travel centerpiece, which highlights select baggage pieces that the brand is known for. “We are thrilled to announce the opening of our newest store”, says Anthony Ledru, President and CEO of Louis Vuitton Americas. “[It] will offer an exceptional level of service and a unique experience to local clients and visitors to the nation’s capital.”

Studio Odile Decq positions artists’ residency overlooking french valley.

Studio Odile Decq positions artists’ residency overlooking french valley.

The angular artists residency by paris-based Studio Odile Decq is based on the lower side of the plateau at tour-ange’s park in grenoble, france. distinctively emerging from the treetops and contrasting against its traditional neighbors, the structure responds to its steep and narrow topography, where the main aim was to successfully frame optimum views of the scenic valley.

The result of the complex site created the tower-like form spanning over three levels that captures a different angle of the french landscape. Monolithic in form, the sculptural entity is made completely of timber, with a natural finish on the inside and black asphalt on the outside. Internally, the space is minimalistic and uses OSB cladding on the walls and floors. The multiple and different sized openings allow natural light to illuminate the entire interior. moreover, all the windows have been installed with black shutters with the same finish and at night, creates a mysterious, completely black volume.

Thanks to the amazing designboom.com for the news!

All images courtesy of Studio Odile Decq
image © roland halbe

Christian de Portzamparc + Peter Marino design Seoul’s Dior boutique

Christian de Portzamparc + Peter Marino design Seoul’s Dior boutique

Prominently positioned on a corner in the gangnam-gu district in Seoul, is the french fashion house Dior‘s new boutique. The building has been designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc and internally, decorated by Peter Marino. Reflecting the luxury brand’s longstanding legacy and influence in the fashion industry, the french architect has created a six-storey structure which is delicately wrapped by white and oversized petal-like panels- most likely referencing florals that is popular among dior’s signature designs.

The fluid and gentle curving exterior protects the steel and glass building which houses floors dedicated to everything the brand has to offer. This include accessories, men and women’s clothing, along with exhibition space, a VIP lounge and a dior café, where customers can enjoy deserts and coffee directed by Pierre Hermé. American architect Peter Marino was charged with the interiors where he blends a combination of textures on the ceilings, walls, and floors to evoke an overall refined, elegance throughout. Opening its doors tomorrow, the boutique will become a distinctive addition to the fashionable korean neighborhood.

Image courtesy of Dior

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