This Japanese Fruit Sandwich Store In Tokyo Explodes In Popularity, Includes Rare, Expensive Varieties

This Japanese Fruit Sandwich Store In Tokyo Explodes In Popularity, Includes Rare, Expensive Varieties

Luxury fillings you won’t find anywhere else.

Back in late March, before the coronavirus state of emergency was declared in Japan, a small store opened in Tokyo’s trendy Nakameguro district and immediately started selling out of its products. Continue reading »

Guy Builds A VHS ‘Store’ In His Basement And It Might Give You Nostalgia

Guy Builds A VHS ‘Store’ In His Basement And It Might Give You Nostalgia

We all love a little nostalgia. Small things that remind us of how it used to be, how things have changed over the years. One of the more nostalgic things out there are VHS tapes. VHS tapes aren’t used almost anywhere anymore, but Nick Collins found a perfect place for them by turning his own basement into an amazing ’90s Blockbuster memorial. Continue reading »

The Ironic Loss Of The Postmodern BEST Store Facades

The Ironic Loss Of The Postmodern BEST Store Facades

In the mid 1970s, the Lewis Family (the owners and operators of catalogue company BEST Products) hired Sculpture In The Environment (SITE) to create a series of facades for nine showrooms across the US. Regardless of the project’s relative financial benefits, the clients gave SITE the one thing all designers crave and fear: full creative reign. Continue reading »

This Guy Continues To Paint Pop-Culture Characters Into Old Thrift-Store Paintings

This Guy Continues To Paint Pop-Culture Characters Into Old Thrift-Store Paintings

Dave Pollot (previously) is a US painter who brings new life to old and forgotten art. He buys thrift store paintings and perfectly “enhances” them with pop culture symbols, giving a cool, nerdy spin to what’s dusting away inside cracked frames. Continue reading »

This Infinity Book Store Looks Like An Endless Tunnel Of Books

This Infinity Book Store Looks Like An Endless Tunnel Of Books
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This bookstore and library in Yangzhou, eastern China, has transformed its space into an endless space of books, with some clever mirror trickery. Continue reading »

Artist Carson Davis Brown Creates In-Store Installations Without Permission

Artist Carson Davis Brown Creates In-Store Installations Without Permission

Carson Davis Brown’s “Mass” project puts site-specific, color-based installations in big box stores and other “places of mass” without permission. These visual disruptions take otherwise disparate objects and groups them into temporary sculptures. The project has taken the artist to stores across the U.S. A primary charge for the project is to make passers-by more aware of their environment by recontextualizing the items around them. Continue reading »

Balloon Pin House, Great Place To Store Map Or Noticeboard Pins

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Whether you need to pin up a pin-up, or drop a pin on a map, the Balloon Pin House provides an enchanting place for you to store your map or noticeboard pins. 300 individual pins float above a tiny rooftop in a miniature balloon cluster. Continue reading »

This Artist Has Turned Store’s Regular Trashcan Into A Trashcan For People’s Hopes And Dreams

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According to Jeff Wysaski (previously), the comedian behind Obvious Plant: “I am a comedian that enjoys ‘planting’ funny signs and other jokes in public places for people to discover. It is part of an ongoing project I call Obvious Plant. For my latest prank, I altered a store trashcan so it is designed to accept people’s hopes and dreams. To add to the joke, I came up with a bunch of fake items and placed them in the trash bin.” Continue reading »

Old Thrift Store Paintings You’ll Actually Want To Take Home

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Remember those thrift store paintings you often see collecting dust on the wall of your local charity shop? They’re the kind of generic, inoffensive and unimaginative artworks you’d see propped up in cheap hotels or mounted on the wall down a corridor nobody visits.
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Japanese Art Store Lines Walls with Every Pigment Imaginable

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With a sleek, modern design and thousands of colourful hues lining its walls, the new “art supply laboratory” known as ‘Pigment‘ is an art lover’s dream come true. Owned by the Japanese company Warehouse Terrada and built under the architectural design of Kengo Kuma, this unique shop, based in Tokyo, acts as both a hub for artists to gather supplies and collaborate, as well as a venue that provides the opportunity for traditional material manufacturers to deliver high quality products that have been passed down for generations to their clients. Continue reading »

Designer Transforms One Dollar Thrift Store Clothes Into Trendy Outfits

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A few years ago, fashionista Jillian Owens decided that she wanted to change how the world approaches fashion. Finding herself both disheartened by the rise of fashion giants with unethical labor practices, plus a bit broke at the time, the South Carolina-based writer and designer began exploring local thrift stores to find pieces of discarded clothing that has fabulous possibilities. Continue reading »

Trolling Items at the Popular Furniture Store

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Popular IKEA furniture stores fell victim to the famous comedian Jeff Wysaski (previously). The guy made fake and funny reviews of many products and put them in the store. Let’s see his latest creations.
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Guy Leaves Hilarious “Shopping Tips” In Grocery Store

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Jeff Wysaski, the comedian behind Obvious Plant, recently pranked a grocery store with a series of hilarious, yet ultimately pointless tips to make shoppers’ weekly shop more interesting. Continue reading »

Magazine Store: A Сontemporary Art Project By Farhad Moshiri

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Farhad Moshiri, an Iranian artist working a lot with carpet media using it as a mean to joke about consumerism culture, was one of the participants of the group show Love Me Love Me Not of Yarat! pavilion curate by Dina Nasser-Khadivi (read on her curating Lalla Essaydi’s Harem here) at Venice 2013 Art Biennial. The installation consists of more than 500 carpets depicting celebrities-covered magazines from all over the world. Continue reading »

This Artist Painted Famous Characters Into Old Thrift Store Paintings And Raised Their Value

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Canadian artist David Irvine of The Gnarled Branch collects old, discarded paintings from thrift shops and adds pop culture characters like Darth Vader, Spider-Man, and Spock to them. Suddenly, a simple landscape painting is the playground for flesh-eating zombies, Godzilla, and Pac-Man. Continue reading »

A Shoe Store That’s Frozen in Time

A Shoe Store That’s Frozen in Time
This store was open from the ‘40s to ‘60s until the owner fell ill and died. The shop was closed and remained as it was for over 40 years. Continue reading »

Breuninger Shoe Store Installation by John Breed

Breuninger Shoe Store Installation by John Breed

Dutch Designer John Breed has used 145 shoes on multicolored and golden legs to create an installation of 9 x 3 meter size for Breuninger Shoe Store in Stuttgart, Germany. A former factory, the space has been transformed into Europe’s biggest shoe store. The installation is about the madness of women about buying shoes. Continue reading »

IKEA Store in Bloomington Has Gone Solar

IKEA Store in Bloomington Has Gone Solar

Minnesota has deployed its largest solar PV array so far and it sits atop IKEA in Bloomington. The 142,000 square foot, 1,014 kW system, was built with 4,316 panels and will produce approximately 1.2 million kWh of clean power annually – the equivalent of reducing 801 tons of carbon dioxide. IKEA worked with Xcel Energy and SoCore Energy for the development, design and installation of the customized solar power system.

The 1-megawatt system is the largest solar array in Minnesota. It generates the equivalent of the power needed by 100 homes, or roughly the output of one small wind turbine. The Bloomington store marks the 31st U.S. solar project for Ikea, with eight more locations in development. The company said it has invested $590 million in renewable energy projects around the world. Continue reading »

Hundreds in Underwear Flock to New Desigual Store in Madrid

Hundreds in Underwear Flock to New Desigual Store in Madrid

Half naked shoppers descended on a Desigual shop in Madrid on June 21, 2012 after a special promotion offering the first 100 people who showed up at their store wearing only their underwear, free clothes. (Reuters) Continue reading »

Abercrombie & Fitch Models Go Shirtless for Singapore Store Opening

Women in Singapore can thank a major U.S. retailer for bringing them a crop of shirtless men with six-pack abs.

Abercrombie & Fitch, which is known to hang blow-up photos of its models for decoration purposes, opened a flagship store in the city-state’s biggest shopping district. The clothing chain sent the ripped, international male models to get locals excited for the big day, Reuters reported. The models wore red sweatpants, sandals, and nothing else.

More than 400 people showed up for the opening, according to Channel NewsAsia. Cultural experts note that this advertising ploy was a sign of major cultural changes in the conservative country.

Abercrombie & Fitch Models Go Shirtless for Singapore Store Opening

A woman poses with Abercrombie & Fitch models in Singapore’s major shopping district. (Reuters / Claro Cortes) Continue reading »

Apple Store Opening In Bologna, Italy

Apple Store Opening In Bologna, Italy

Atmosphere during the Apple store opening in Bologna at Via Rizzoli on September 17, 2011 in Bologna, Italy. The Bologna store is the eighth Apple store to open in Italy, as Apple continues to expand its retail operations, and is only about 60 miles from the sixth Italian store which opened in Florence last month. (Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe) Continue reading »

Largest Apple Store Opens in Shanghai

Largest Apple Store Opens in Shanghai

A security guard stands in front of an Apple logo during the inauguration of a new Apple store in Nanjing Road, downtown Shanghai, September 23, 2011. The store is Apple’s fifth and largest in Chinese mainland. (Xinhua) Continue reading »

World’s First Smart Virtual Store Opens in Korea

World's First Smart Virtual Store Opens in Korea

Customers purchase items with their smartphones by scanning QR codes using the Homeplus app at the Seolleung subway station, southern Seoul, yesterday, where Homeplus has opened the world’s first “virtual” store. (YONHAP)

Fake IKEA Store Discovered in China

Fake IKEA Store Discovered in China

A Chinese store named “11 Furniture” is one giant 10,000 square meter copycat. It has taken the brand design of the Swedish furniture giant IKEA from the color scheme down to its small free pencils. Continue reading »

iFraud: Bogus Apple Store in China Fools Everyone, Even the Staff

iFraud: Bogus Apple Store in China Fools Everyone, Even the Staff
A fake Apple store in Kuming, China. (REUTERS / Courtesy of BirdAbroad)

The store in Kunming, China was stumbled upon by a 27-year-old American blogger living in the city, the capital of China’s mountainous southwestern Yunnan province, complete with the white Apple logo, wooden tables and cheery staff claiming they work for the iPhone maker. Continue reading »