Continuing his fascination with the most rudimentary of building materials – the Kapla-like wooden block – Kengo Kuma has completed what is probably the world’s most idiosyncratic Starbucks Coffee Shop in Fukuoka. The Starbucks is situated on the street that leads to Dazaifu Tenmangu, a shrine dedicated to a Japanese deity. Thus, the architect didn’t want the commercial space to seem detached from its unique setting. Utilizing 6cm square blocks that intersect obliquely, it was his aim to try to mimic branches in a forest so that the Starbucks seemed like it was nestling in the trees.
Part of Gourmet’s new “Icons & Derelicts” series continues its focus on Icon CEO, Jonathon Ward. Moving on from his own brand of cruisers, he highlights some of his side projects dubbed the “Derelicts.” Taking old vehicles, often in unfavorable visual condition, they maintain the outer portions only to update and modernize everything below surface level. Despite it’s wholly earned title as the ultimate sleeper from the outside, the driver is treated to beautiful detailing on the inner upholstery and dials.
There is something to be said about seeing a project from start to finish. Beginning to end. For Duffy Jewellery, his more than 14 year history in the bespoke accessory world first began with an early involvement working as an antique restorer. Maintaining an acutely intimate connection with his work, Duffy lives and works in an unassuming East London atelier, setting his own schedule, yet dedicating his complete attention to each individually detailed and handcrafted piece of jewellery from his namesake collection. Resisting machine manufacturing and otherwise abusive production techniques, Duffy thrives on the subtle nuances and distinctions that present themselves in the final product resulting from his fusion of handcrafted design and locally sourced materials. Giving nod to the precision found in sculptures or the grandeur and breadth captured by larger canvases, each rigorously embellished ring, necklace, chain, and bracelet is a testament of Duffy’s individuality and passion.
Focusing less on what he refers to as the “economy” of shoemaking, Australian-born shoemaker Sebastian Tarek sits down with HBTV to discuss his disposition toward the design process, client interaction and overall personalized experience of his bespoke footwear creation process.
In yet another collaboration between watchmaker Timex and American label J. Crew, the two have come up with this timeless dive-style watch. Inspired by the Andros Barrier Reef, the world’s third largest, the battery powered watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters and features a quartz analog movement, stainless steel casing and removable nylon strap. Priced at $175 USD, the watch is available for purchase online through J. Crew.