Series 6. Eco Icon No.2

Soy Story‘ NYC

Highline Park, Reuse store, Green retail, New York green store, Bio-based foam wall, Leong Leong, Siki Im Store,

Siki Im‘ pop up store  New York

Building Fashion presents Siki Im + Leong Leong Building Fashion presents Siki Im + Leong Leong

New York based menswear designer Siki Im has collaborated with   Leong Leong designer/ architects to create  a 10 day pop-up  soy foam-covered concept store as part of Building Fashion, a series of collaborations between fashion designers and architects.

Located at 504 24th Street, just under the pioneering Zen gardens of the Highline- the Siki Im x Leong Leong Concept Store opened for 10 days from 5-15 November .

Both the interior and exterior are coated in textured soy-based foam giving the space a textural , organic skin.The store, which features a ramp-like sloping floor, is built around an existing structure that was formerly used as the sales office for the HL23 apartment building by architect Neil Denari.

Building Fashion is hosted by BOFFO and Spilios Gianakopoulos, with Pin-up Magazine and Project No. 8. It pairs fashion designers with architects to explore the cross polination between both areas.The space is filled end to end with large ramp-form that creates an unexpected gathering space with undefined programmatic possibilities.

The Soy-based spray foam was used to cover the interior and exterior of the structure creating a supple surface for inhabitation on which visitors are required to remove their shoes.

Small niches and ledges are carved into the foam to create areas for display and seating.
The clothes are embedded beneath the ramp on either end, encouraging visitors to explore the extents of the space and experience the clothes in very intimate environments.

Finding Eco loves the regeneration of the meatpacking district ….especially the new 3d layering  of high level lyrical gardens floating over organically formed soy based pop up fashion moments…..really loving watching that space!!!


Series 6.Eco Icon No.1

BambooBaroque‘ ‘Grandelierlight by Loz Abberton





Queensland born designer Loz Abberton moved to Carlton Bluff on the southern coastline of Tasmania, Australia,in 2006, where inspired by the breath-taking natural scenery of  her surroundings-the Casuarina forests, Mt Wellington, Carlton Beach and the River, she has designed a sustainable lighting collection of graphic yet organically shaped pieces.

Her background in  graphic design and fashion informs her work.Her first range of  lighting called ‘ Who Did That Grandeliers ‘ have been launched in a plain bamboo finish which have an inherent  e understated elegance of their own. Loz also has plans to introduce screen printed and flocked designs to further expand the initial core range of lighting pieces..

The Baroque (above) and Bloom lights can each be used  either as a pendant light, floor light, or wall light . Loz uses only what she describes as  “future friendly” materials  such as sustainable carbonised bamboo and hoop pine which is laser cut to make the lamps. Choosing materials for their ‘flora friendly’ content, Who Did That’s new range of lighting from hand-printed, FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) ply and veneers, and recyclable polypropylene .

Loz Abberton’s new collection is a worthy receipient of the ‘finding eco’ Eco Icon status…and is definitely lighing up my life!!!