Jakarta-based designer Alvin Tjitrowirjo of alvinT studio has completed ‘Porterhouse’, a contemporary fusion restaurant located in Pantai Indah Kapuk, Indonesia. the 592 meter square dining establishment is situated in a 2-storey ‘shop-house’ building to create a casual and communal atmosphere.
Outpost 903 is new eatery in the heart of the Bukit Timah district. Conceived to emulate the portmanteau culture of the gastrobars in the UK that serve restaurant quality grub in a cosy pub setting, the bar serves scrumptious hearty eats and an impressive list of imported spirits and craft beers. The interior is designed with a utilitarian contemporary finish in mind.
Photos by Ernest Goh.
ASYLUM and LOVE, two award-winning creative firms hailing from Singapore and Manchester, team up to work on building the world’s first Johnnie Walker House in Shanghai; an experiential, interactive space created to host the most sophisticated Whisky Conversations. While LOVE took the role of branding, ASYLUM undertook the responsibility of designing the interior, the Johnnie Walker House is conceived with the intent to engage and advocate loyalty amongst premium whisky drinkers in Shanghai, targeting influential consumers, trade media as well as financial communities.
London designers Studio Toogood have created a temporary wine bar in Sydney where guests are invited to select their vintage by smelling scented totem poles.
Concrete walls twist up through the interior of this tea house and library that Shanghai architects Archi-Union have constructed in the backyard of their studio.
“They searched and poked around my closets, looking for skeletons, but, thank God, all they found were shoes, marvelous shoes,” smiled Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines. Imelda Marcos eliminated the feelings of guilt in women who, like Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City”, now uninhibitedly flaunt their fetish objects.
Shoes are the perfect modern project: a product of superb craftsmanship transformed from a mere object into a thing of desire. Clothes do not adapt to changes to the body, but shoes always fit the feet that buy and wear them: perhaps that’s why women love Stuart Weitzman. When Stuart asked me to design places for displaying the shoes he designs, I immediately thought of precious boxes wrapped up, “Christo style”, like gift boxes for his customers, with an uninterrupted ribbon that runs all along the space, creating paths on which the shoes trace vectors of desire.
Hong Kong designer Joey Ho designed the Arthouse Café on the top floor of a three-storey building that also houses a gallery. Some of the triangular openings are contained within wood-lined recesses, while others have thick wooden frames. Monochrome chairs and tables that furnish the cafe also feature triangular surfaces and facets.