ON Headquarters – Mexico City

Walls don’t often strike us as exciting, but in this office project for ON Headquarters, located west of Mexico City, we really do like the large surfaces. We also like the subtle, elegant lighting, and the subdued color scheme.

ON provides services to the oil and gas industry, so the designers at LSA Arquitectos and BLANCASMORAN (Imanol Legorreta Molina, Pablo Sepúlveda de Yturbe and Abel Blancas Morán) selected surface materials and textures that reflect the passing of time.

The boardroom exterior walls and the directors offices are covered in walnut veneer, the lobby walls and the customised assistants’ blocks in the concourse are of Iranian Travertine marble, and the interior walls of the boardroom are of wool fabric.

The floors in the lobby and concourse are covered with metal sheeting, and in the directors’ offices with oak.

Much of the furniture is custom-made, including the welcome desk that is made of metal sheeting and black Emperador marble. The chairs are desks are by VITRA and the lighting by Construlita, Delta Light and Tom Dixon.

The overall effect the designers have accomlished in this 780 square-meter (8,395 sq.ft) space is calm, opulent and restrained. – Tuija Seipell. (Images by Rafael Gamo)

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Rotate Store: Curated by The Cool Hunter Launches in Sydney

Rotate: Curated by The Cool Hunter – A completely new surprising shopping experience every 8 weeks. Always new, always different, always changing.

At  TCH, we are always into something new. Just cannot help ourselves. A year ago, we launched the temporary two-week The Cool House in Melbourne & Sydney. More than 10,000 people attended and it was a huge success.

 
But rather than repeat ourselves this year, we wanted to evolve this cool concept. The result: Rotate by The Cool Hunter – a store that will stay in place for a year but the theme will change every eight weeks. New theme, new store, new everything every two months. Blink, and the shop has changed completely! Blink, and you’ve missed it! If you want it, you need to buy it now. It won’t be there next time.
 
Good bye to the same old boring sets of stores. Every mall, every airport, ever shopping street – the same stores, the same brands, same standard look-alike themes. Welcome Rotate by The Cool Hunter – the shop full of surprises, the concept that does not stand still.

The Rotate Concept:

These themed temporary pop-up stores will constantly evolve – and not just a changing window display or a few new products. The entire setup and product mix will change every 8 weeks.
 
There will be a new theme for each period e.g. Summer Lovers, The Art Hunter, Color Your World, Winter Wonderland. But this won’t be your regular, boring store either – Rotate will be fun, innovative, interactive and visually spectacular.
 
Products and brands will be carefully curated by The Cool Hunter Team and feature amazing local brands and unique international offerings.

Our first theme "Summer Lovers" launches in Sydney in 2 weeks – stay tuned for more info later this month.

Run Colors Sneaker Store – Poland

We like this Run Colors sneaker store in Poznań (Poland), because it breaks some very tired and boring patterns that have become the norm in sneaker retail.
 
We’ve seen more than enough of massive images of sports heroes among cavernous, multi-storey stores that feel more like warehouses than shops created for humans to enjoy.

 
The stuffy “gentlemen’s club” milieu has also been done to death, and no matter how hip or edgy the art on the walls or the celebrity behind the clichéd ideas, stuffy is still only stuffy.

In addition, sports stores and sports brands have become so incredibly logo-happy that it seems impossible to find great, functional sporty footwear, clothing or accessories without appearing like an ad for a brand. Tone it down already, we say.

 
But this minimalist shop – the second one of the Warsaw-based Run Colors – looks refreshingly different in its bare-bones simplicity.
 
The slate-grey surfaces work beautifully as a background for the colorful footwear selection that in this store consists mainly of limited series of Nike, Adidas and New Balance sneakers.

 
Poznań-based mode:lina architekci team of founders, Paweł Garus and Jerzy Woźniak, and designers, Kinga Kin and Agnieszka Owsiany, took the Run Colors name literally and had some understated fun with it.
 
They imagined colours running and thought of shoelaces, and from there they devised the simple colourful ropes theme that runs throughout the 110 square meter (1184 square foot) store.

 
We love the antique furnishings, and the complete lack of signs, logos, tags or images. It also does not hurt that this store is in Poznań’s famed Stary Browar complex that is a former Hugger Brewery and dates back to 1844. – Tuija Seipell

Graham’s 1890 Lodge – Douro, Portugal

This stylish restoration of a nearly 200 year-old wine cellar combines many of our favorite attributes in a renovation: generous use of aged and new wood, lavish open spaces and a minimalist color palette.

 
This stylish restoration of a nearly 200 year-old wine cellar captivates us with its overall minimalist approach. It transforms the historic space to meet modern needs yet does so without losing the elegant patina and without destroying the authenticity and uniqueness of this particular location. It is not easy know where to stop, which is why so many renovations damage what was already good. Not this time.

 
The renovation was completed earlier this year by Lisbon, Portugal-based P06-Nuno Gusmão. The creative director of the project was Nuno Gusmão and the design leads Giuseppe Greco and Joana Proserpio.

 
The building, Graham’s Lodge, is located in Portugal in Vila Nova de Gaia on the Douro river estuary near the Atlantic Ocean.

 
The granite-walled Lodge is now not just a real, functional working building where thousands of casks of Port are aged, but also an immersive visitor centre where Graham’s Vintage Ports can be tasted and experienced as part of guided tours.
 
W & J Graham’s was founded in Oporto, Portugal, in 1820 by two Scottish brothers, William and John Graham.

 
The Lodge opened to the public for the first time in 1993, but the current renovation, commissioned by the Symington family that owns the company today, takes the visit of the constantly increasing numbers of visitors from a typical “winery tour” to an exciting, authentic experience.

The guided visits now include a visitor reception hall leading to an auditorium, the two-level Graham’s Museum, the Lodge itself, a tasting room, the Vintage Room, a shop and a wine bar and restaurant. Among the fake historic environments so prevalent in wineries, it is refreshing to see the real thing once in a while. – Tuija Seipell.