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2.4.12 Minus Twelve

our highlights from this week last year...

2.4.12 Minus Twelve
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Minus 12 is our weekly pick of the best posts from this week, 12 months ago...

Minus Twelve is our new weekly roundup of highlights from this week 12 months ago. The week commencing 4th April 2011 saw us interviewing the inspirational creatives behind one of London’s most innovative boutiques, featuring the ever-provocative work of super-cool Ryan McGinley, introduce a motel turned hipster-retreat in Austin, Texas; and chat to the creative team behind Swedish retail concepts Weekday and Monki. Here’s our picks from this week minus twelve…

Ryan McGinley, Somewhere Someplace

Art & Culture

Ryan McGinley, Somewhere Someplace

Über-hip photographer Ryan McGinley opened his latest show, Somewhere Someplace, at Amsterdam’s Galerie Gabriel Rolt.

“Continuing his progression from naked kids in urban New York to naked kids in the wilderness, über-hip photographer Ryan McGinley‘s latest show displays an increasingly cinematic feel to his work…”

Darkroom Presents Aztec Camera

Design

Darkroom Presents Aztec Camera

We interviewed Rhonda Drakeford and Lulu Roper-Caldbeck – the duo behind inspirational London concept store, Darkroom – about Aztec Camera; 2011′s theme for their summer season of awe-inspiring fashion, accessories, interiors and art.

“People from all walks of life come into the store and are really excited at what we offer – it’s a great feeling, and we are so glad that we stuck to our original beliefs, and tried to do something differently….”

Sorayumebako, Osaka

Design

Sorayumebako, Osaka

We introduced Sorayumebako, a hybrid space that includes a café bar, second-hand bookshop and art gallery; designed by Japanese interior designer Yukio Kimura.

“The entire space is painted orange – the walls, ceiling, floor and furniture. This, according to Yukio, interprets the time between day and night, summer and winter and yin and yang…”

Hotel San José, Austin

Travel

Hotel San José, Austin

We introduced deliciously retro hipster-retreat Hotel San José, situated just a few blocks south of where the Colorado River runs through America’s capital of new music – Austin, Texas.

“Built in 1939 as an ‘ultra-modern motor court’, the hotel behind stucco walls in the heart of the hippest neighbourhood, South Congress, has become part of the Texan state capital’s urban fabric…”

Bar Numero, São Paulo

Lifestyle

Bar Numero, São Paulo

Taking its title from its main focal point – an façade comprised of a large numeric artwork – São Paulo’s Bar Numero is a splendidly slick club designed by legendary architect Isay Weinfeld.

“São Paulo’s Bar Numero takes its title from its entrance and main focal point – an eye-catching façade made out of a large numeric artwork…”

Fabricville by Electric Dreams

Design

Fabricville by Electric Dreams

We spoke to the super-cool designers of Swedish retail concepts Weekday and Monki about their new headquarters.

“In Fabricville, the long narrow corridors became a busy village street, with workshop buildings for the clothes designers and brightly coloured cottages for conference rooms…”

Nendo Transparent Table

Design

Nendo Transparent Table

Finally, we featured elegant transparent tables; part of a collection that Japanese designers Nendo would be showing at Milan’s Salone del Mobile.

“One of 4 new pieces comprising their “textured transparencies” collection; the black version appears wood-like until a closer inspection reveals transparency, whilst a white version inverts that illusion…”

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