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Acne Studios going to Hollywood, COS' new Essentials, and will this be the world's first energy-positive hotel?

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Acne Studios going to Hollywood

Following the Downtown L.A. opening in 2013 and the launch of the denim line Blå Konst S/S -18 collection the other week, Acne Studios opened a brand new store on 8920 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood last week. The 250 m² new location is all about light, space, art, and design, yet simple in its design. Two longterm Acne Studios collaborators contribute to it where Max Lamb provides custom-made seating and display furniture, while Benoit Lalloz has incorporated 85 of his round aluminum light fixtures into the floating corrugated ceiling. At the centre of the store is a specially commissioned large-scale sculpture by artist Daniel Silver, and to celebrate the launch, Acne Studios has collaborated with him on a limited edition t-shirt featuring a print of his work. Silver will sign each of the t-shirts, of which 100 will be available exclusively at the new West Hollywood store.

– I love that in L.A., we have the space and light to make Daniel Silver’s work the focus of our new store. His structure feels alive, and sets the mood for the whole location, says Creative Director Jonny Johansson.   acnestudios.com

COS launching new Essentials

H&M's London-based concept offers contemporary, functional, and considered design for men with their Essentials line featuring reworked staple pieces with a timeless shape and modern design. Monochromatic shades and simplicity in products produced with high-quality cotton, wool, and leather to sustain movement and wear. The new Spring/Summer drop is no exception, stocked now throughout COS stores and online.   *Discover more on cosstores.com *

Will this be the world's first energy-positive hotel?

Right next to the famous Svartisen glacier in northern Norway, in an unspoiled environment, you'll fint Svart, which aims to be the world's first energy-positive hotel when it opens in 2021, CNN reports. (The glacier is Norway's second biggest and its water is also a crucial ingredient for an up and coming skincare brand, which you can read more about here.) Designed by international architecture firm Snøhetta and owned by real estate company MIRIS and Arctic Adventure of Norway, which aims to become a leader in sustainable nature tourism in the region, the hotel design resembles a wooden UFO. The futuristic circular retreat will harness geothermal and solar energy to produce a surplus of solar power that can be redirected back to the grid. produce more renewable energy (during its lifetime) than it uses for materials, production, operation, renovation and demolition.

– Nature in the Arctic is fragile and pristine. We have to respect the natural beauty of the site and not ruin what makes Svartisen an attraction in the first place, says Zenul Khan, Snøhetta's Svart project manager. By creating such a sustainable building, we aim to encourage a more sustainable approach to tourism by making people conscious about the way we experience exotic locations.

In 2015, 3.6 million tourists visited Norway alone, a 12% jump from 2014, and The Arctic Circle has a mystical allure for travelers seeking to experience one of the world's most remote regions before it melts away.

See more at svart.no