At Maison & Objet last January, Fendi Casa, among other luxurious brands, presented their latest collection and finishes for 2015. During each fair they add a few new elements or elaborate on existing pieces that were released in the recent years. You will notice velvets, dark colors, and metallic finishes as the most prevalent trend this year. Fendi Casa captured it perfectly.
To create Balenciaga’s new Manhattan flagship , brand creative director Alexander Wang, who was appointed as artistic director only a year ago, collaborated with interior designer Ryan Korban.
The boutique is characterized by its large area, high ceilings, and deep green Verde Ramegiatto covering 5400 sq.ft of the space.
“This color green was the very first thing I thought of when I started thinking about the store. It’s regal and aristocratic but also not so obvious.” said Wang. Shelves are a rich green similar to the marble, but covered in soft suede. The polished limestone-and-marble floor add to the luxurious yet real nature of the space.
Austrian chef Kurt Gutenbrunner opened his newest restaurant inside Swarovski’s 5,000-square-foot concept store in Soho last November. Café Kristall spread across two floors , is suitable for entertaining clients or small groups and is now available for rental for private events.
Clean and modern, the site has high ceilings, sleek beige furnishings, and white walls embellished with patterns made with Swarovski crystals. The dining room seats 24 in an open, airy space with a nine-seat bar. Downstairs, black-and-white photographs of stars like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe decorate the walls of the lounge, which doubles as an event space, holding as many as 60 for receptions. Groups of as many as 100 can buy out both floors; no rental fee is required, but there is a food and beverage service charge.
Gutenbrunner’s menu covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and includes items like weisswurst with sweet mustard and a warm pretzel, red beet terrine with horseradish mousse and organic greens, and apple strudel.
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