The sixth Dover Street Market has opened its doors, located at 606-608 Imperial Street in Los Angeles. Like all Dover Street Market (DSM) locations, the 1,393 sq m LA store is governed by the thematic 'Beautiful Chaos' – the accidental and synergistic energy that results from DSM's community of creatives, designers and artists colliding under one roof.
'I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos; the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision,' says Rei Kawakubo, who designed the new location.
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DSMLA is a single-level space consisting of two adjoined concrete buildings, accessible by two doorways. The hut is the icon of DSM, and in this store two massive white translateral huts pierce the dividing wall between the two buildings, comprising corrugated scrap metal sheets with different textures. They are made functional by housing cash wraps, fitting rooms and brand spaces. The store’s interior is also wrapped in white handmade ceramic tile – its brightness a response to the light and openness of Los Angeles.
Kawakubo designed the whole interior of the store, including all CDG brand spaces, all common and general areas, and overriding architectural features. Several CDG brand spaces debut in a new form – a precursor of retail spaces to come. By contrast to the angular and sloping shapes that define the shop’s exterior, the interior is comprised of arching, spiraling and circular fixtures, rendered in elemental metals and painstakingly crafted in Japan.
It also features the works of six artists – Warren Muller – 'Cannot Tell a Lie', Lyn Dillin, Bjorn Dahlem – 'Black Hole (Messier 22) 2016', Yuichi Higashionna, Gary Card (two works) and Stuart Haygarth – Dark Matter whose chandeliers are displayed throughout the shop.
There are no windows facing the street: two event spaces act as DSMLA’s windows. Artists and designers are regularly invited to create in-store installations in these spaces, which change often.
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In January and July, DSM holds a biannual ‘New Beginning,’ where the store closes down for several days; the interior again evolves, with designers coming in to reconfigure their spaces and introduce thenew season’s merchandise. In addition, the store constantly receives new stock including limited editionpieces from the Comme des Garçons collections as well as from the myriad of innovative designers, which sit alongside them.
The aural experience has been curated by DSM’s global sound director, Calx Vive.
DSMLA will also feature a 40-seat Rose Bakery, with both an indoor and outdoor space. In keeping with cafes around the world it will serve seasonal fare comprised of the best produce offered locally.
DSM also has locations in London, Beijing, Ginza, New York and Singapore.
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