Architecture & Design: Urban Outfitters Fake Block, Dutch Home from Home

Urban Outfitters, a Philadelphia-based retailer, is opening up a new store in New York City that will resemble a series of local mom-and-pop shops. The store’s facade would be split into four storefronts to look like a hat store, a hardware store, a neighborhood bar and a bodega, all reminiscent of what New York City once looked like. Ron Pompei, creative director of Pompei A.D., which designed the store says: The whole idea was to do this kind of ironic statement of lining the building with storefronts that would be reminiscent of independent businesses. It’s the story about the streets of New York as they once were.

(Pic) Dutch Hotel Is Your Temporary Home Away From Home
With the help of Dutch architects, WAM architecten, Inntel Hotels’ newly designed hotel pays homage to Zaandam’s industrial history. Situated minutes via train from Amsterdam, Zaandam, was one of the world’s premiere hotbeds for industry and an ideal place for construction as its rich history was modernized through the playful design for Inntel Hotels‘ new location. The unique structure is comprised of stacked green wooden houses popular to the Zaan region, symbolizing that the hotel is your temporary house.

Now Booking | Dutch Treat (tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com)

Bizarre Dutch hotel looks like a pile of stacked houses (dvice.com)

A pile of modest, traditional houses stretching into the sky (boingboing.net)

Retail Watch: For a new store at Broadway… (ny.curbed.com)

Stacked Houses: New Hotel in Amsterdam by WAM Dezeen (apartmenttherapy.com)

Dutch Hotel Eats Up Smaller Houses For Lunch [Architecture] (gizmodo.com)

Hotel Inntel by Wilfried van Winden (design-milk.com)

Stacked Houses Apartment Building in Tokyo Muuuz (apartmenttherapy.com)

Much of a Dutchness: the Hotel Inntel Zaandam (guardian.co.uk)

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Design: London’s New Bus

When it comes to mayors of London, I was and am a fan of Ken Livingstone, and think Boris Johnson is a loveable buffoon. That said, I am a fan of the Routemaster, and not fond of the “bendy bus”.  I was therefore relieved to hear that British transport chiefs have announced the design of the new double-decker bus which is inspired by the decommissioned Routemaster. With its rounded corners and hop-on hop-off-door, Routemasters became a British icon over the 50 years of service it gave after its launch in the 1950s.
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Zac Posen and 16W21

The promotion for zac posen’s first residential project 16W21, has manifested itself in a saucy campaign using voyeuristic photographs of cosmopolitan dolls living out the ultimate bachelor lifestyle. ‘the model apartment’ ad series was developed by creative agency imagination, aimed at a narrow audience of creative types. the primary visual of this campaign consists barbie and ken-like model dolls engaging in suggestive activities. while the themes are racy, the use of dolls adds an element of humour and fun seeking to capture the attention of the young creative crowd. zac posen was the interior design advisor of the 16W21 apartment residence which is found in the beaux art ladies mile district of new york.
Zac Posen’s newest project, the new condo building 16W21, has been gaining quite a bit of buzz. The famous 29-year-old fashion designer and Anna Wintour protégé has been keeping annoyingly mum about the whole thing but snippets of information from others in the know have given us something to report. Posen’s real estate venture was scheduled for its grand opening March 18, but we all know how real estate works (read: always behind schedule). The building is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues on 16 West 21st St. in New York. It is 14 stories divided into nine units, stocked with one garden townhouse, five full-floors, two duplexes, and a triplex penthouse. While the prices on the penthouse are still TBD, the rest of the apartments are set in the $2 to $3 million price range.
In case one wasn’t enough, Zac Posen’s managed all four. The latter, a building in Chelsea at 16 West 21st Street, is being billed as “The Model Apartment,” including a poster and video campaign in which dolls replace actual models, but appear to live a model-like life (as in perfect).
One of the most anticipated new building launches this spring is the sliver of glass—yep, the design blends perfectly with its Ladies Mile Historic District neighbors, except that the facade is entirely glass—at 16 West 21st Street. In many ways the building is a throwback to happier times for the real estate industry. It has a name architect and decorator (fashion designer Zac Posen is handling the interiors, though some doubt his commitment), a boutique quality and an expensive marketing campaign that’s not shy about being exclusive.

Zac Posen v Interior Design
The cheeky “Model Apartment” ad campaign for 16 West 21st Street, a residential project and Zac Posen’s first foray into real estate design, has us smirking. The voyeuristic photographs depict dolls living the ultimate bachelor lifestyle–but these aren’t your childhood Barbies.

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Design: Amy Winehouse and Fred Perry, Vulva Original

Fred Perry, the sports label favoured by mods, rude boys and Northern Soul fans, has collaborated on a new collection with soul singer Amy Winehouse. The womenswear collection will be based on Winehouse’s own 1950s-inspired style and will comprise 17 pieces, including polo shirts and skirts. The brand has signed up Winehouse, who designed a capsule collection for fashion label PPQ last year, for four seasons.

Scent Of A Vagina
German company Vivaeros has developed a cologne for men (and probably some women) that smells like vagina! Head of the company Guido Lenssen says they developed the Vulva Original by taking a combination of urine, sweat, and female arousal from women of all ages.

Amy Winehouse to unveil fashion collection (guardian.co.uk)
Amy Winehouse Launches Fred Perry Clothing Line (pastemagazine.com)
Amy Winehouse Partners With Fred Perry for Fashion Collection (shoppingblog.com)
Amy Winehouse Fashion Line in the Works (justjared.buzznet.com)
Amy Winehouse to turn fashion designer with own collection (telegraph.co.uk)

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Design: GQ Car, Dieline

GQ, the men’s lifestyle magazine brand, is teaming up with Citroen to launch a concept hybrid car. The car, called the GQ, is the brand’s latest extension, with styling by Citroen designer Mark Lloyd. GQ is marketing the car as understated but desirable – in keeping with the magazine’s style. French Centerfold: Citroën teams up with GQ and Savile Row tailors for new concept.

The Latest Top 5 Package Designs From The Dieline
The Dieline’s Latest top 5 Package Designs, as voted on by Dieline readers over the past week. More packaging inspiration on TheDieline.com.

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Creativity: Out of Print Clothing

I love second hand book shops, and I am also a fan of graphic tees (depasse I know). That’s why I was intrigued by Out of Print Clothing.
With Out of Print Clothing, you can proudly wear some of the world’s great books. Each tee-shirt depicts an iconic or out-of-print book cover ranging from classic to long forgotten covers, yet all are strong images that speak for themselves. (Reminds me of the various Penguin artifacts I own). The company works closely with artists, authors and publishers to license the content that ends up in their collections. Like a well-read book, each shirt’s quality is made to feel soft and worn.

Out of Print T-Shirts (coolhunting.com)

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