Last November my favorite architect Masamichi Katayama and his team at Wonderwall designed Nike’s first flagship store in Harajuku and the largest in the nation. In it’s usual way, Wonderwall has yet again an absolutely amazing experience, from a chandelier made of 500 white shoes, wall tiles that resemble the soles of sneakers, and a sculpture made up of Dunks that look like a giant fossil.
The building itself is three stories tall, the first floor is the Runner’s Studio, the second is dedicated to the NIKEiD store and the third for the BootRoom. The BootRoom is dedicated to football (soccer) and even features astro turf around the perimeter so you can try out the shoes. I really wish Masamishi would adopt me.
Cool Hunting has a nice inside look at the store as well with some nice photos of the space. They also did a short profile of the store along with a short interview with Mr. Katayama. Check it out under the cut.
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Designer Yorgo Tloupas was asked by Absolut Vodka to create a bar that they could portable and obviously, look good. So he created two pieces, a serving area with a back lit display behind it that’s covered by four metal pieces. These metal pieces act like an op art piece, to see the whole design you have to stand directly in front of the bar, otherwise it looks like nothing but a big black box. I also like that the cut out pattern is made up of tiny Absolut bottles, it’s a subtle touch that works well.
Eric Nyffeler is a Nebraska based illustrator/design who runs a little studio called Doe Eyed, and boy does he make some awesome concert posters. So far he’s worked with some pretty rad bands like Andrew Bird, Black Moth Super Rainbow, St. Vincent and even GWAR (complete with space worm!). He uses a ton of colors and textures on his posters, I’d love to own many, many of these.
He’s also having a ‘Buy 2 Get 1 Free’ sale right now, so you may want to check it out out.
I just wanted to let you know that Kitsune Noir is going to be moving servers tonight from Dreamhost over to Media Temple. I’ve been super unhappy with Dreamhost (you might already know this if you follow me on Twitter) and the wonderful folks at Media Temple have been really awesome and helped me out with getting me a server to better serve this blogs needs.
You won’t be able to comment for a couple of hours tonight and you might see some weird things over the next couple of days, but after that we’ll be golden. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
A KN reader named Natalie sent me a link to this New Zealand based magazine/newspaper called Pie which describes what it’s about in pie chart form. To sum it up it’s basically about artsy stuff, things like this very blog covers. If you’re an internet dork there are some things you’ve seen before but I was surprised at how well the newspaper was laid out overall. After looking through the preview on their site I’m kind of sad that they’re only quarterly, I would love to subscribe to something like this if it were monthly.
Definitely give it a look, it’s yet more proof that print is far from dead and anyone who says that is a moron.