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30.4.12 Minus Twelve

our highlights from this week last year...

30.4.12 Minus Twelve

Minus 12 is our weekly pick of the best posts from this week, 12 months ago...

This time last year, we were reporting on the staggering scale of Seville’s new architectural landmark, being wowed by a kaleidoscopic fashion boutique, dreaming of lazy nights under the stars – and marvelling at an intricately detailed scale model (less trainspottery than it sounds)…

Metropol Parasol, Seville

Design

Metropol Parasol, Seville

J. MAYER H. architects’ were wowing the world with their breathtaking Metropol Parasol having been finally unveiled in Seville.

“The Metropol Parasol offers much more than a vision of architectural beauty, it’s a breathtakingly modern interpretation of an urban centre, a place to be inspired but also to do the everyday things you do in city life…”

Unknown Union, Cape Town

Fashion

Unknown Union, Cape Town

Colour fanatic Rafael de Cárdenas unleashed his kaleidoscopic vision on this spectacular Cape Town fashion boutique.

“The brilliantly bold colours and vibrant graduations of the product displays are brought alive by a dramatic web of fluorescent lights, forming a vividly unique environment for the exclusive designer collections…”

Urban Prairie; Interactive Shop Window

Art & Culture

Urban Prairie; Interactive Shop Window

A London architecture firm installed this unique, interactive window display as part of an urban ‘green space’ initiative.

“The project’s aim is to provide an urban ‘green space’ and provoke discussion on the urban landscape – focusing on the idea that green spaces provide a respite from the built environment and promote health, well-being and quality of life…”

Canal St. Cross-Section, Alan Wolfson

Art & Culture

Canal St. Cross-Section, Alan Wolfson

This ridiculously detailed scale model of a cross-section of New York’s Canal St., warts n’all, had us captivated.

“The beauty is in the incredible detailing – every single square inch is accounted for – even the subway’s graffiti laden interior and street litter. The actual scene is made up of a combination of existing and fabricated environments, all built on the artist’s experiences and imagination…”

Alemagou, Mykonos

Lifestyle

Alemagou, Mykonos

We dreamt of dreamy nights under the stars in this beachside bar and restaurant on the Greek island of Mykonos.

“Rather than shutting out the dominating natural conditions of harsh winds and burning 40-degree midday sun – the design embraces them turning the natural forces into its advantage…”

Candy Rox Store, Rye, New York

Lifestyle

Candy Rox Store, Rye, New York

This American candy-store went for a pop-culture overhaul, with themes borrowed from graffiti art, skate and surf culture with a bit of rock n’ roll.

“The shop has been styled with nostalgia-invoking vintage furniture, barrel lights and glass candy jars, alongside more modern elements that include the graffiti-tagged walls decked out with skateboards and bright pop-culture posters…”

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