Monday, 1 September 2014

Discovering the World of Rick Owens in London

London department store Selfridges has today unveiled ‘The World of Rick Owens’, a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fashion designer’s label. Featuring a specially commissioned 25-foot tall Rick Owens torso statue by sculptor Douglas Jennings on the canopy above the store’s main entrance, a takeover of four display windows, and an exclusive 22-piece women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories collection, ‘The World of Rick Owens’ is the biggest single designer project Selfridges has ever inititated and is part of the Masters series, an exploration of the the work and personal lives of pioneering fashion designers (which includes Azzedine Alaïa, Dries Van Noten, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jun Takahashi of Undercover, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Roberto Cavalli, Thom Browne, Stella McCartney, and Yohji Yamamoto).

The display was curated by Owens himself, and features his own furniture, tableware, and design items (such as a tomb chair hand-crafted from Elm wood, a marble stool and dinner set, and a lamp made from white marble and black concrete, all of which can be purchased from Selfridge’s Concept Store), as well as objects selected to give a personal insight into the designer’s creative and personal environments, including Art Nouveau stoneware by Georges Hoentschel; Diptyque candles; LPs by Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Klauss Nomi; films such as Elektra by Richard Strauss; Owens’s own Rizzoli tome with a limited edition cover; and books including Apes of God by Windham Lewis and Jayne Country’s autobiography, Man Enough to be a Woman. The fashion collection includes trans-seasonal unisex styles, such as leather jackets, feather weight T-shirts, crewneck sweatshirts, boxers, tunics, bandanas and Adidas by Rick Owens trainers.

Photographs ©The Style Examiner / João Paulo Nunes

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Ecorkhotel in Évora, Portugal, by José Carlos Cruz Architect

Portuguese architect José Carlos Cruz has unveiled photographs of his Ecorkhotel, the first hotel in the world with external walls clad entirely in natural brown cork. 

Located one hour outside of Lisbon, and five minutes from the city of Évora (a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1986), the complex is surrounded by olive tres, holm trees and cork trees, and it features a resort with 56 private residences, restaurants, a spa and a gym. Inspired by the typology found in the Portuguese villages of the area, the residential  areas lead to a central courtyard that offers services and public spaces, including a large outdoor pool with an adjacent bar commanding views of the enveloping landscape.

Photographs courtesy of José Carlos Cruz Architect