Celestine Eleven is a fashion and homeware store located in London’s Shoreditch that describes itself as having its “roots firmly founded in counter culture”, adding “a new holistic realm to the retail experience” and aiming to provide an alternative, luxury concept store that offers a “means to live well within all spheres: aesthetically, intellectually and spiritually” by honouring the importance of each through the “unique selection of product”.
The store’s visual identity, designed by Construct, contrasts bright white papers, heavy boards and a blind sculpted emboss (reminiscent of carved marble surfaces) with uncoated unbleached carriers and black foil detail bound by the carved depth of roman numeral and sans-serif logotype. These deliver the significant restraint you would expect of a high fashion brand, a retrospective nod to the concept of timeless style (and perhaps the grandiosity of the past tempered by contemporary understatement) and a sense of high tactile quality and craftsmanship.
Mooi is a UK fashion boutique, located on London’s Kensington High Street, that retails an eclectic collection of “luxurious textiles, hard-to-find designer labels and one-off designer womenswear pieces assembled from all over the world.” Inspired by the “elegance and quality of the boutique’s hand-crafted textiles”, multidisciplinary design agency Morse Studio developed a new brand identity that included exterior signage, swing tags, website, launch material and a bespoke logo-type screen-printed by hand on 100% cotton stocks.
KITTE, a play on the Japanese word “kitte” literally meaning “postage stamp” in English, is a new seven-floor restaurant and retail destination located in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district that opened its doors on March 21st, 2013. Housed within JP Tower—the site of the landmark central post office building—KITTE will play an instrumental role in revamping the historic area as the first commercial facility of the now privately held Japan Post company.
Guest Opinion written by Josh Nychuk