6 posts tagged "Rafael de Cardenas"
“Not many retailers are willing to disrupt their business,” said Nordstrom’s director of creative projects, Olivia Kim. “But Nordstrom is, and to me, that’s what makes this job so fun and exciting.”
Kim, the former VP of creative at Opening Ceremony, has now graduated to her second full-fledged pop-in installation at the behemoth department store, where she injects equal parts cuteness, quirk, and novelty. Aptly titled 4U: Brite Lites_Gift City, the pop-in, as Kim put it, is “Santa’s Workshop for the twenty-second century.”
“I wanted the design to be cold, austere, and metallic, but referential to holiday,” she said. To help bring her vision to life, Kim solicited the help of her dear friend Rafael de Cárdenas of Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd. / Architecture at Large. “He and I have this incredibly in-tune sense of environment,” she proclaimed. It’s a creative partnership that goes back to her time in New York.
As for the concept behind the staggering high-low product selection, Kim considered, “What do you get someone who has everything?” She wanted to offer those hard-to-find discoveries—and she’s succeeded. The democratically priced range of gifts includes Keith Haring skis by Bomber Ski, charity RxArt’s collaborative gifts designed by notable artists like Ryan McGinley, Vanessa Arizaga jewelry, tomes from Abrams Books, Illesteva eyewear, black-out Bamford Rolexes, Chinti and Parker knits, and much more.
Brite Lites_Gift City is the next step in an overarching plan for Nordstrom, where Kim has worked since early 2013. She aims to educate, engage, and inspire Nordstrom’s large customer base by introducing plenty of buzz-worthy merchandise. “I want to be able to create something sexy, and I want people to get excited about shopping again,” she explained.
But are customers responding in kind? “Yes,” Kim confirmed with confidence. “It’s exciting for us as a brand to be able to say we’ve got a customer who is interested in niche products and young designers. I’m here to take risks. I’m here to push something new and adventurous in front of the company, and in front of our customers.”
4U: Brite Lites_Gift City will be open at twelve Nordstrom locations nationwide beginning November 15. Merchandise will also be available online at www.nordstrom.com.
It hasn’t been particularly summery in London this week—yesterday evening, for instance, saw the city drenched in yet another cold, temperamental squall. Not the most auspicious weather, perhaps, for the launch of eyewear and swimwear label Prism London’s two-month-long pop-up shop on the fourth floor of Harvey Nichols. Or, as Prism’s Anna Laub pointed out, perhaps the weather was auspicious. After all, there’s nothing like dingy April showers to make the mind flee to the poolside or the beach—a flight of fancy given a big assist by Prism’s swimwear and sunglasses mix. “I’ve been wanting to find a way to present the suits and the glasses together,” Laub explained, when asked about the raw wood installation created by set designer Robert Storey and Architecture at Large honcho Rafael de Cárdenas. “We were in here until 1 a.m. last night, hammering,” Storey recalled. “It was kind of surreal, being in here on our own.” “It was a real Mannequin moment,” Laub added. “I wanted to run around and try everything on. But I didn’t.” As always, a girl can dream.
For many style-world types on the periphery of the interior design world, Rafael de Cárdenas’ opening on Friday night, part of the season’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair schedule, was the first and last ICFF stop. But that’s fitting: De Cárdenas himself toes the line between fashion and design. After studying fashion at RISD and taking a job at Calvin Klein, de Cárdenas quickly figured out that the typical fashion path wasn’t for him. After a second degree in architecture, he branched out into interiors and industrial design—all the while keeping the style world well within his sights. Recent projects include Unknown Union, the Cape Town, South Africa boutique run by the owners of New York’s now-shuttered Bblessing; the OHWOW Gallery in Miami; and the homes of Jess Stam and Parker Posey.
On Friday, he showed his first collection of furniture, an angular, cheerily painted geometric range indebted, he said, to the work of Bruce Goff and Frank Lloyd Wright. (“Actually, this table is called the Wright Table because it’s so similar to [one by] Frank Lloyd Wright,” de Cárdenas admitted. “We called it [that] to get it out of the way.”) Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon (above, with de Cárdenas) and Olivia Kim, Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean, Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller, and artists Aaron Bondaroff and Aurel Schmidt were a few of the many who spilled onto Greenwich Street to sip beers and check out what the designer called a “joyful” collection. The wooden tables, benches, and desks were decorated with pops of metallic gold, painted ombré, or striped with brilliant color. They’re definitely not made to blend in. So where, one had to wonder, would they fit in—say, chez Stam or chez Posey? “That’s the great thing about these,” de Cárdenas said. “I don’t have to worry about what spaces they live in. That’s not my job today, that’s my job every other day. Today my job is to put it anywhere.”
Looking For The Next Chloë? Try The Newsstand; The Faces To Watch This Fashion Week; Rihanna’s Feeling Fruity; -------
How’d Chloë Sevigny kick off her career in film and style? By cutting school, it turns out. eBay’s Andrea Linett, the woman who discovered young Sevigny way back when and put her in an ad for Sassy editor Jane Pratt’s The Jane Pratt Show, discovered her loitering at a newsstand̵2during school hours. She did the ad anyway, and lo, a star was born. [Vogue U.K.]
In Rihanna’s new video, she wears newsprint dresses and giant-cherry headpieces. Fruit millinery? Sounds a little like someone we know. That someone, though, is 100 percent on board. “J’ADR!” Anna Dello Russo tweeted about the new vid. [Anna Dello Russo]
Meet the new ones to watch: Modelinia selects its fresh faces of the Fall 2011 season, including Xiao Wen, Ruby Jean Wilson, and Laura Liriano (left). See you on the runway, ladies. [Modelinia]
Speaking of modeling, Alexis Bittar scooped up one of the industry’s grandest dames for his latest poster campaign: Lauren Hutton. He first met the supe 20 years ago when he was still selling jewelry on the street in Soho. [WWD]
As if we needed another reason to hit the spa, The Standard Miami’s is now home to the Rafael de Cárdenas-designed STND/OHWOW store, stocked by the Miami Beach art gallery with accessories, jewelry, beach goods, gifts, and art books. [Racked]
Every fourth summer, the nations of this earth steep themselves in the sport we in the U.S. like to call soccer. (Most Americans blithely continue upon our own preferred summertime business: outdoor drinking, barbecues.) Local fütbol fans have long had to content themselves with the stray Irish pub to catch the coverage, but Nike is giving them a stadium-sized outlet for their fervor. The label is set to open its latest STADIUM outpost on the Bowery in New York City, and the multipurpose shop/community center will be airing key World Cup matches for the public. Sting and Trudie Styler were among the guests at the private opening of the space, which was designed by Rafael de Cárdenas. “I was here all night with my assistants, laying down tape,” de Cárdenas noted, referring to the graphic design on the floor in the front room, executed in various colors of gaffer tape. “I based the design on a soccer ball, and then extrapolated,” de Cárdenas added by way explanation. “Ask me how many colors gaffer tape comes in. Go ahead, ask.” Answer: lots. Conveniently, that’s also the number of uses Nike intends for the NYC STADIUM, which will remain open for a year and host exhibitions, house the duds for the company’s Bridge Runners club, and air other major sporting events once the World Cup ends.
Nike STADIUM NYC opens May 20 at 276 Bowery, NYC, www.nikestadiums.com.