FRAME MAGAZINE

ACNE’S KOREAN FLAGSHIP HOVERS WEIGHTLESSLY AMID AN ASSEMBLY OF CONCRETE AND STEEL

By Shonquis Moreno. Photographs by Annabel Elston. March 2016

Designer Sophie Hicks’ flagship for Stockholm-based fashion brand Acne Studios in Seoul’s Gangnam district sits – gossamer and luminous – in a bed of wild strawberries, crowned with ductwork and lined with concrete. This industrial-ethereal contradiction reflects the area’s identity, as well as the contrast between Acne’s vocal aesthetic (the name of the label could refer to blemishes but is actually a cheeky acronym for the collective’s primary pursuit: Ambition to Create Novel Expressions) and the more retiring aspects of Swedish culture. ‘Sweden is a culture of light and air,’ Hicks writes, one that values ‘modesty and discretion’.

Inside, two floors of concrete poured in rough timber forms float amid – without touching – exterior polycarbonate walls through which daylight difuses onto freestanding steel garment displays. There is no decoration of any sort and no mechanical equipment, the ductwork that might have threaded the interior having been coiled atop the roof. The consonance of a handful of diverse materials – woodgrain-tattooed concrete surfaces and spiral stair, metal cash counter and displays, and glowing polycarbonate walls – vaporizes into an atmosphere of cool warmth. Hicks, with good reason, calls it ‘otherworldly’. — Shonquis Moreno

MAGAZINES

DEZEEN

SOPHIE HICKS CONCEALS “CONCRETE MONSTER”
By Alice Morby
Photography by Annabel Elston
September 2015

YAMAMOTO & YOHJI, RIZZOLI

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
Contribution by Sophie Hicks
Photographs by Milo Keller and Johannes Marburg
November 2014

WSJ MAGAZINE

TRACKED SOPHIE HICKS
By Ned Beauman
Photographs by Julia Grassi
December 2018 / January 2019

MUSE MAGAZINE

CLASSY ACT
By Marta Galli
Photographs by Timur Celikdag
Fall 2008

NUMERO

SOPHIE HICKS, LA SCIENCE DES VOLUMES
By Clara Le Fort
Photo by Johannes Marburg
September 2016

INTERIOR + DESIGN, RUSSIA

1A EARL’S COURT SQUARE
by Danila Varennikov
Photographs by Adrian Gaut, Alasdair McLellan, Annabel Elston & Sophie Hicks Architects
October 2019

SHOTENKENCHIKU

OVERSEAS INTERIOR, YOHJI YAMAMOTO PARIS CAMBON
By Shotenkenchiku
Photographs by Takumi Ogihara
May 2009

KINFOLK MAGAZINE

4 NECESSARY EVILS – Competitiveness
By Pip Usher
Photographs by Marsý Hild Þórsdóttir
December 2016