Design Finds

Three fashion brands revitalise three Rome landmarks

With the help of fashion stars turned cultural crusaders, Rome’s most beloved historic sites have seen a keen rejuvenation. In 2011, at a time the Italian government admitted it was too cash-strapped to restore the Colosseum, Tod’s donated $30 million to its restoration. The Trevi Fountain reopened last November after a $2.4 million revamp by Fendi, and, after more than a year, Bulgari unveiled its rejuvenation of the Spanish Steps on 22 September.

Full designs revealed for Dubai Hyperloop in new video

Bjarke Ingels Group has today unveiled its designs for the world’s first Hyperloop high-speed transportation system in Dubai, which is to feature pods that travel at ‘near supersonic speed’.

Cool collab between Indigi Designs and Minima

The coolest collaboration of the month sees Jacques Cronje of Minima (whose timber lights are pictured above) and Natalie du Toit of Indigi Designs team up to open Studio 18 in Woodstock’s edgy Foundry building. Exciting things to come!

Emporio Armani’s Paris store, café and restaurant reopens with a new look

After almost nine months, the newly renovated Emporio Armani store and Caffè has reopened. The flagship is now suitably attired to accompany its suave neighbours in Paris’ swanky St Germain neighbourhood. Armani himself and his team of architects have unfurled a handsome free-flowing space in elegant greige hues, with the ground floor café and the first floor restaurant emitting a sensual mood with plush pewter metallic leather-clad walls, finished off with an inlaid mirror strip.

Jim Thompson releases No.9 Origami range

Drawing on the global eclecticism of this season’s runway collections, the new Origami range from no.9 Jim Thompson, available at T&Co, is a vibrant union of Art Deco ziggurat forms and traditional Japanese woodblock printing. The ‘Nishiki’ fabric (pictured), is firmly grounded in on-trend tones of burnt terracotta and duck-egg blue.