La Jeune Rue

By Tom Ran

Published: February 5, 2014 under Cities

La Jeune Rue - world renown designers are set to transform this neighborhood into a destination of restaurants and shops.

Photo: La Jeune Rue

An ambitious project is underway in the 3rd arrondissement in Paris. A cluster of store fronts were recently purchased by Cedric Naudon, a low key millionaire banker with an affinity for design and taste. He is rebuilding a neighborhood and has recruited some of the worlds most renown designers to help him. The project titled ‘La Jeune Rue’ will center around three narrow streets, in the northern part of Le Marais. The 18th century facades will not be altered while the interiors will be completely redone. A grocery and fishmonger designed by Tom Dixon, a tapas bar by Jasper Morrison, a cocktail bar by Ingo Maurer, a bistro by the Campana Brothers, a theater by Andrea Branzi, and many others. When completed there will be a total of 25 different shops for this new neighborhood. The project is already underway with the first shops set to open in spring followed by more in the fall. (via design boom and Blouin Artinfo)

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London and New York, Shared Ideas

By Tom Ran

Published: January 15, 2014 under Cities

Thames Baths Project by Studio Octopi

Photo: Studio Octopi

Is London looking to New York for examples in city development? Private and public plans suggests that it is. Last year the city announced that it would have its own High Line just south of River Thames. Last month a proposal for an elevated bike path above railway lines by Foster Partners was publicized. And more recently a concept for a public pool in the River Thames was explored. All of this may be traced back to Michael Bloomberg’s influence on London. The New York Times wrote a piece last February on Bloomberg’s financial investment into the city and the friendship he’s developed with the cultural elite and politicians including the mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Now that Bloomberg has left his post in New York, it appears that he has set his sights on London.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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