Icon 124: Shopping
The biggest ever edition of Icon is devoted to Shopping. It’s more than 10 years since Rem Koolhaas and his graduate team published The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping. “Through a battery of increasingly predatory forms, shopping has been able to colonise, even replace – almost every aspect of urban life,” they hypothesised.
Our cover stars are 6A Architects, who have just finished a new flagship store for Paul Smith in London. We talk to Industrial Facility and look at the Australian beauty brand Aesop’s unusual approach to retail design. We look at the gargantuan distribution sheds used by retailers such as Amazon – and also at Zaha Hadid’s growing presence in retail design. If everything is already mediated by commerce, Sam Jacob asks, why not transform disused shops into universities, hospitals or libraries? There’s also a portfolio of Brian Ulrich’s haunting night-time photographs of “dark stores” in the United States.
Upfront: Faye Toogood’s boutique in Dubai, Tadao Ando’s first building in South America, Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Dalian Conference Centre, Moment Factory’s installation at LAX, the Britten-Pears Archive by Stanton Williams, Sebastian Wrong launches Wrong for HAY, Hunting & Narud’s copper mirrors and a profile of young Finnish designer Iina Vuorivirta. We look ahead to 100% Design and bring you our pick of this year’s best graduate design projects.
Icon of the month is Rem Koolhaas’s seminal essay Junkspace. Our Crime against design is the electricity socket, Piergiorgio Robino of Studio Nucleo picks his 5 Most Wanted and Anatomy of examines Google Glass.
And in Review: Richard Rogers at the Royal Academy, the visual side of Mass Observation at The Photographers’ Gallery, the collision of art and architecture in Los Angeles, ingenious Antarctic research stations, Memory Palace at the V&A, and the allure of Paris at night.