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THE SPIEGEL

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In January 1969 the Spiegel Publishing Company and Spiegel Editorial Staff entered in a new Hamburg Company Headquarters (the 3rd in its history). Located in the old town of Hamburg Spiegel Publishing House  was one of Verner Panton’s most unique interior creations and one of the few that continue to exist today. Panton is considered one of Denmark’s most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers. All the designs of this interior were his own; the colour scheme, lamps, textiles, wall claddings – only the furniture had to be imported from Knoll International. At that time Spiegel manager Hans Detlev Becker gave the order to fill the cold cover inside with warmth.

Unfortunately, the swimming pool for the employees in the basement (above) was completely destroyed in a fire and redesigned in the 1990’s. Swimming here would have been a psychedelic experience.

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Exterior. The “decorative extravaganzas” as an amalgamation of geometry, color, murals, glass and glimmering light.

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Above the hallway. The specially designed mirror lighting used on walls and ceilings was of major importance.

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Above the work area.

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Above the conference room – chairs by Eero Saarinen.

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Above the waiting room.

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Above and below the Spiegel canteen – wire chairs by Harry Bertoia.

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The space resembled more like an avant-garde restaurant than a company canteen.

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Before their renovation in summer, 1998 canteen and snack bar were put under conservation of monuments and historic buildings.

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Above and below the snack bar.

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Verner Panton (13 Feb 1926 – 5 Sept 1998) was a modest man who was crazy about design and has influenced many of today’s designers. Panton himself once said: “The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting.” He  spent little time in Denmark and many most of his celebrated works were realised abroad. He broke from the craft-based traditions of Scandinavian furniture-making and experimented with new materials and concept.

http://www.verner-panton.com/spaces/archive/phase/309/

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THE VOLKSHAUS BASEL

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Above: Bentwood stools arrayed in front of the bar.

Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron recently finished work restoring a classic 1925 building in the heart of the city. Volkshaus Basel, a onetime concert hall now bar, brasserie, and concert space, with a hotel coming soon. The world-renowned architects went to great lengths to restore the former grandeur of the space, which had been aesthetically compromised during a 1970s renovation. The architect’s stripped the building back to its original frame (the ceilings had been lowered during the renovation), and restored the original height of the rooms while preserving as much of the original detailing as possible. Using a black and white palette, the decidedly modern decor successfully restores an air of Swiss Old World glamor.

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Above: Thick hand blown LED pendants are a modern take on chandeliers.

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Above: Metal-topped dining tables. The architects chose materials such as metal, leather, and wood, which will gain a weathered patina over time.

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Above: A table setting with embossed leather cover.

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Above: The design of the chairs are based on the original Volkshaus chair model.

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Above: Wallpaper with seventeenth-century etchings are used in the antechambers of the restrooms and hark back to the early days of Basel, when this area was once a medieval manor.

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Above: On the wall, a mural provides a guide to all the Volkshaus ventures.

 

http://volkshaus-basel.ch/

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/blogs/daily/2012/06/volkshaus-basel-restaurant-switzerland

http://www.swissmade-architecture.com/?seite=Home

 

 

 

OLD SHOPS

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It took James and Karla Murray over eight years to make a photo series about little shops in New York. By now one third of these shops are closed. Their book is filled with photos of these bankrupt stores that represent nothing more than a vague memory. (Above VESUVIO BAKERY – Soho, 2004).

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KATY’S CANDY STORE – In business from 1969 to 2007  – Brooklyn, 2004.         “I speak three languages: English, Spanish, and Motherfucker.” Katy Keyzer, the owner.

Ralphs

RALPH’S DISCOUNT CITY – In business from 1963 to 2007 – Manhattan, 2004.

ZIGZAG

ZIG ZAG RECORDS – Brooklyn, 2004.

MGDINER

M&G SOUL FOOD DINER – Harlem, 2006.

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CLAREMONT LIQUORS  – The Bronx, 2004.

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LENOX LOUNGE – Manhattan, 2004.

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FILM CENTER CAFE – Manhattan 2001.

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EMEY’S BICYCLES – Manhattan, 2003.

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SMITH’S BAR – In business since 1954 – Manhattan, 2004.

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IDEAL DINETTES – In business from 1953 to 2008 – Brooklyn, 2004.

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IDEAL HOSIERY – Manhattan, 2004.

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BRITE LITE BARBER SHOP – Harlem, 2004.

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R & R SELF SERVICE – Brooklyn, 2006.

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CLOVER DELICATESSEN – In business since 1948 – Manhattan, 2004.

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STAR DECORATORS – Brooklyn, 2005.

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OTTOMANELLI & SONS – In business since 1935 – Manhattan, 2005.

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CHEYENNE DINER – In business from 1940 to 2008 – Manhattan, 2004.

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THE LOLLY POP CANDY STORE – Queens, 2003.

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YONAH SHIMMEL KNISH BAKERY – In business since 1910 – Manhattan, 2004.

http://www.jamesandkarlamurray.com/JamesandKarlaMurrayPortfolio0213Update.html

LES TROIS GARCONS

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Les Trois Garcons is situated in a converted Victorian pub from 1880 in Shoreditch. Hassan, Michel and Stefan acquired the building in 1996 as their home, coming from Malaysia, France and Sweden they find living in a Victorian pub the epitome of Englishness. In 2000 the garcons decided to open the ground floor as a restaurant with the kitchen, chef’s table (a room for up to 10 persons with a one way window overlooking the kitchen) and the wine cellar in the basement and they continue to live on the other 2 floors above.
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“It’s been nearly a decade since Les Trois Garcons first opened its doors. And during this time, nearly every restaurant in town has paid homage to its exaggerated chic style – some taxidermy here, a bejewelled gee gaw there. But no one has done it with as much verve as the triumvirate behind this ultra-deluxe bistro” – SQUARE MEAL.
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1 Club Row – London E1 6JX
Tel: 020 7613 1924
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