Something Different: Artek at Dover Street Market

Few designers have blurred the lines between fashion and art as seamlessly as Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo. So it’s hardly a surprise that the designer’s retail wonderland Dover Street Market — which has outposts in London, Tokyo, and New York — is as filled with artistic inspiration as it is covetable clothing.

This summer, the New York shop has two exhibitions that highlight DSM’s holistic approach to style with a bit of merchandising magic. On the megastore’s first floor, architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham have created a homage to Stool 60 by Finnish furniture brand Artek. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of this icon of modern design, Klein and Dytham have reimagined the stackable stool in a variety of sizes with stretched-out legs in grassy shades of green, forming a miniature indoor jungle. Two versions of the stool’s original size — medium green and yellow — are available at DSM for $390 each.

“The stool looks great in any color and manages to rise above any graphic design applied to the seat or legs. It simply takes anything that is thrown at it,” the designers told Hint about Stool 60’s enduring appeal. “It’s also amazing that the stool was shipped flat-packed from day one and really shows how advanced [architect] Alvar Aalto and Artek were in their thinking, predating by 50 years that other Nordic country that flat-packs its entire furniture collection!”

Upstairs, meanwhile, British artist and set designer Gary Card has an even more colorful contribution to the store this season. In the shop’s emerging designer showroom on the fourth floor, Card has installed forty of the his Talking Heads to show off sunglasses from the likes of Mykita and Cutler & Gross. Made for masking tape and covered in splashes of neon paint, these madcap clowns paradoxically provide the perfect canvas for showing off the store’s chic sunnies. 

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