Last weekend marked the unveiling of Rei Kawakubo’s coveted Dover Street Market, one of the highest anticipated openings in New York. Spanning 20,000 square feet, this haven of trend and cool brings together all forms of creativity and gives true meaning to the term experience.
Kawakubo commissioned three artists – London Fieldworks, Magda Sayeg and Leo Sewell – to outfit the pillars that travel through each floor, while other works span sound sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Calx Vive and murals by Alex Da Corte. Each artist and designer was given creative freedom over their space. Thom Browne’s dedicated area resembles an office-like setting, while Prada features face-painted mannequins designed by Gabriel Specter and elegant murals inspired by its spring collection.
This Comme des Garçons jewel houses all 15 of the label’s collections, including Homme Plus, Homme Deux, Comme des Garçons Shirt and Junya Watanabe, alongside an exquisite directory of outside designers. Find coveted wares from the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, J.W. Anderson, Simone Rocha, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Sacai displayed within, as well as store-exclusives from Nike Lab and Repossi. A glass elevator is situated in the center, offering a complete visual experience of the store. An absolute must see.
Dover Street Market New York boasts seven floors of fun, but the first floor is where shoppers will find life’s greatest necessity: food. That’s right, Rei Kawakubo really knows her customer—or any customer, really—because the one thing in life that anyone with a decent appetite can enjoy is a good slice of something sweet. And at the Rose Bakery, treats include scones, tarts, and iced pound cakes—all located near artist Magda Sayeg’s colorful yarn-covered pillar.
The pastries and cakes are displayed on steel and cast iron pedestals in glass cases that separate the kitchen from the dining area. Guests can either take a seat in the cafe’s main floor or head up to the mezzanine to enjoy an espresso, as well as a great view of the first floor.
Prada’s spot on the top floor of Dover Street Market, with the glass elevator in the middle.
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