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5/05/2011

UNKNOWN UNION: de RAFAEL CARDENAS

In a refreshing departure from the now so routine dark-mahogany mens club feel of mens stores, New York-based architect and interior designer Rafael de Crdenas ofArchitecture At Large approachedCape Towns Unknown Union with a much lighter touch.

The two-level boutique, located in a historic building, exudes light and color. On the first level, white walls serve as the background to the pared-down stacked-box shelving painted in softly muted yet vibrant colors. This simplified setting, gives the owners, Sean Shuter and Daniel Jackson, an ideal showcase for the brands that they represent, including ANYthing, Pendleton, Surface to Air, and Penfield USA.

The second level is an ever-changing, creative space, where local and international creators and artist showcase their work. The opening event for the space featured the work of Rafael de Crdenas/Architecture at Large, Gazelle, Surface to Air, Milkbeard, Cornrow Rider and THECAST.- Tuija Seipell.

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