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NYC // Aesop Bleecker St

Aesop Bleecker St (NY) - The Epic Guide

On Bleecker Street you’ll find the third New York City outpost of the Australian skin care brand Aesop – well-known for their visually stunning flagship stores all over the world. Instead of going for a singular look for all their shop interiors (as almost all other fashion and cosmetics houses do), they work with many talented architects and designers to create a completely unique and different interior in each location, often drawing inspiration from the context.

In this little gem of a shop the designers of Melbourne-based March Studio where inspired by the neighborhood’s bohemian past, creating a warm and intimate interior using wooden wall paneling, gorgeous brass details and a leather floor. We’re especially loving the Louis Poulsen pendant light and the huge brass sink – a signature detail coming back in every Aesop store, where you can try out all their quality products, before treating yourself to a new soap or shampoo – pleasing both your skin as well as your eyes: their highly stylized black bottles add an instant dose of design to your bathroom! Read more ›

by × April 14, 2014 × 0 comments

Barcelona, Shop

La Central

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Even when you do not read Spanish books, this shop is a heavenly shop to get lost in during an hour or so. There are different La Central shops around Barcelona, but my favorite is most definitely the one situated in MACBA. Way back when I used to study at the university next door, a day of classes would often end with browsing the racks of this bright bookshop. The space is in the same building as the museum, designed by Richard Meier, and is white and pleasant, with big windows to let the sunshine in. Read more ›

by × March 29, 2014 × 0 comments

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Berlin // Voo

I went to Berlin with my boyfriend for a short weekend to visit some friends in march of 2012 and it was magical. The weather was amazing, we went to see Florence and the Machine in Columbiahalle, and we spent hours talking over brunch, dinner and drinks. The 48 hours we spent there seemed like an eternity (in a good way!). Read more ›

by × March 22, 2014 × 0 comments

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Helder

Helder (The Epic Guide - Antwerp)
Helder is a combination of a shop and a design studio, founded in 2010 by Brecht Baert and Diana Keller, who have a background in interior design and fashion design (the two met while working at Ann De Meulemeester). They have an eye for beautiful objects, and sell not only home decor items and furniture, but also jewelry and accesories. They focus on high-quality, mostly handmade objects, often produced on a small scale in Belgian or Dutch ateliers.
You’ll find ceramics from Makkum, the oldest ceramics atelier of the Netherlands, and theD-tile’ range, ‘a system which allows any space or object to be completely covered with tiles’. Read more ›

by × March 13, 2014 × 0 comments

Antwerp, Shop

Modern Shapes

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Modern Shapes is a small but intriguing shop in the Kloosterstraat, founded by Michael Franken and specializing in incredibly beautiful ceramic objects (pottery, vases, art pieces, …) by European artists, both vintage and contemporary. One of the designers Michael focuses on, is the Italian born but Belgium based artist Antonio Lampecco, a passionate and humble ceramist who’s still active at 81 years old. Other artists represented are Piet Knepper (60′s), Karl Scheid (70′s), Beate Kuhn (60′s), Wendelin Stahl (60′s), Bruno and Ingeborg Asshoff (70′s) and others. Read more ›

by × March 12, 2014 × 0 comments

Antwerp, Shop

Viar

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Easily one of our favorite stops in the Kloosterstraat -a street in the center of Antwerp housing many antiques and design stores- is VIAR. The store, run by shop owner Verlaine, is a classic in the Kloosterstraat, having been there since 15 years. The huge and beautiful, loft-like space is filled with an eclectic mix of vintage design furniture (roughly ranging from the 40′s till the 80′s). Apart from the unique furniture pieces, they also sell a smaller selection of vintage clothing, often including real haute-couture treasures. Read more ›

by × March 11, 2014 × 1 comment

Antwerp, Shop

The Recollection

In the beginning of September 2013, The Recollection came to town. An amazing new concept store in my favorite street in Antwerp: De Kloosterstraat.

The Recollection houses clothing and accessories, interior objects, art, books, beauty products and even flowers. It’s a unique space where you can spend your time browsing the impressive items The Recollection has to offer. From Australian beauty brand Aesop to the designs of Maison Martin Margiela, the shop slash gallery is one big paradise for people who love fashion and design. One thing is for sure: this shop is a must when you’re visiting Antwerp. Check out the website for details on their amazing brands including Piet Hein Eek and Haustier. Read more ›

by × February 26, 2014 × 3 comments

London, Shop

Columbia Road Flower Market

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When we lived in London for a while, our home was close to Columbia Road in the East end. The great thing about that is, that on sundays, this street hosts a flower market where you can buy cheap fresh flowers. Even if you’re not planning on lugging around flowers on the Eurostar/ plane, the hustle and bustle in this street is pretty nice, and there’s a lot of stores around selling other things. Oh, and then we haven’t mentioned the food yet: bagels, calamares, fresh take away coffee. Great place to start your sunday. Read more ›

by × June 15, 2013 × 0 comments

Antwerp, Architecture, Shop

Garde-robe Nationale

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 This is a very special shop to us, because it was Dieter’s first big project in his own name. Garderobe National is an amazing boutique in the Nationalestraat in Antwerp, carrying a lot of Belgian brands.

The shop consists of two radically different parts. The entrance of the store is bright white, while the area around and leading up to the fitting rooms is all dark wood. The two parts are sliced diagonally from ceiling to floor, creating a dramatic yet playful atmosphere. Read more ›

by × June 15, 2013 × 0 comments