“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.”
This weekend, a brand new Dover Street Market was officially opened in London’s historical Haymarket—erected in 1912 by Thomas Burberry. The hotly anticipated project, a continuation of the original Dover Street Market opened in 2004, came together with many brands creating exclusively for the store. From superpowers like Gucci, Loewe and Raf Simons to young designers including Molly Goddard and Vetements, the Rei Kawakubo-designed space allows designers to generate their own environment within the five-floor venue.
Some fun facts! The new Dover Street Market is the first store designed by Comme des Garçons to use no false ceilings or down lighting. Rei Kawakubo has designed the lighting that is clustered around cross beams on the 1st floor—the design is entitled Frozen Waterfall. There are now three Dover Street Markets, located in London, Ginza (Tokyo) and New York, and one franchise operation in China: I.T Beijing Market.