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After making a fortune importing Italian jeans to Lebanon, Tony Salamé turned to Adjaye Associates to design a stunning hybrid of a building in Beirut, still a relative oasis of calm in a troubled region. The structure houses both his private contemporary-art museum, the , and the 60-boutique luxury mall Aïshti by the Sea with interiors by . A veteran of upscale retail design, Christian Lahoude also made his restaurant debut with the mall’s Art People. He outfitted its 2,150 square feet in fashionable backlit onyx, gold mesh, Iranian travertine, and creamy leather.
If Flight Club has street cred to burn as New York City’s seat of sneaker subculture, that’s partly thanks to the edgy design of the flagship, completed six years ago by . Since then, it has expanded not only to Los Angeles but also back in Greenwich Village, where the Slades connected the existing flagship to a storefront in an adjoining building via two impressive openings punched through the 2-foot-thick party wall.
All that chatter about the digital universe and the demise of books. Nothing could be further from the truth...at least in Bucharest. The Romanian bookstore chain Carturesti and the architects at have transformed a 19th-century building with, ahem, a storied past into a 10,000-volume hub for the central Old Town.
Bulgari's London boutique follows, lavishly, in the wake of ’s work at the Rome flagship. An inset eight-pointed star marks the paving at the entry, as in Rome. Otherwise, the white-painted cast-iron facade gives little indication of the extravagance within. Marino manages to convey a powerful sense of glamour and monumentality despite the relatively compact nature of the interior, 4,000 square feet on two levels.
Already offering museum-caliber art storage, has moved into a new phase by opening Pigment, an art-supply shop in Tokyo like no other. With 4,200 pigments as well as 600 paintbrushes and 50 types of rare glue for sale, this is an artist’s dream. Non-artists come, too, just to admire the interior by —recently in the news for participating in a much higher-profile project, the National Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games.