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PARKHOTEL MONDSCHEIN

A Rich Cultural History Combined with a Refined Design Aesthetic at this Modern Luxe Hotel

FUFU KYOTO

An Intimate Luxury Hotel that Entwines Traditional Japanese Dining, Architecture and Hospitality with Modern Elegance

JACQUEMUS PARIS

A Pure Interior Led By Playfulness and Surprise

The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre

The Charred-Brick 'Black Box' Presenting The Beauty Of Theatre & Performance

GAIA

British Artist Luke Jerram’s Explores The Vastness of Our Earth

Honouring ISSEY MIYAKE

The Legacy Remains: Merging Art & Fashion, East & West, Tradition & Technical Innovation

UNITED PLACES BOTANIC GARDENS

Local and Luxurious, A Melbourne Boutique Hotel That Gets It Right

Naoshima Ryokan ROKA

Designed by Okayama-based studio Nottuo, a New Modern Stay on Japan’s ‘Art Island’

Restaurang ÄNG

NORM Architects Creates A Light-Filled Glasshouse For The Michelin-Starred Restaurant

JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP: BAMBOO WEAVING

In The Quiet Backstreets Of Kyoto's South Higashiya, Find A Master Craftsman

HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE SS23

As Ever, The Joy Of Movement & Ease of Pleats Prevails

Serpentine Pavilion 2022

Artist Theaster Gates Designs the 21st Pavilion

BRUT-AL

Argentinian-Australian Designer Alexander Lotersztain's Ode to Brutalism

Serpentine Pavilions 2000-2021

A Champ Online Retrospective Of Two Decades of The Radical Architectural Event

PURE FORM

The Art Gallery of South Australia Presents Japan's Avant-Garde Ceramics

KABIRA & KANGRI

The Beauty Of Indian Textile Craftsmanship In ISSEY MIYAKE Sub-Brand HaaT's SS22 Collection

BUILDING BLOCK

Functional Minimalism By Los Angeles-Based Sister-Duo Kimberly & Nancy Wu

June, 2017
Nancy & Kimberly Wu, Building Block, Los Angeles (2016) © Photo: Adri Law for Ala Champ 'Champion Womens Edition'

Los Angeles-based sister duo Kimberly and Nancy Wu have created one of the worlds most recognisable and desirable line of leather bags and accessories, Building Block; the tangible manifestation of their combined minimalist vision in design and style.

Building Block is an LA-based studio, and fast becoming a global staple known for exceptional quality and fashionable simplicity in design. Built with attentiveness to details and craftsmanship, Building Block stand out amongst the rapid, fast-paced fashion industry and its millions of compromised products.

The two siblings both bring their own experience in industrial design to the table; Nancy was formerly at NIKE as a footwear designer, and Kimberly previously at Japanese automotive company HONDA, in design. Now as founders, owners and designers of Building Block, they approach each design conceptually; referencing geometry and architecture, and even implementing thinking based on ergonomics and usability.

Creating timeless forms, the brand now includes footwear and offers a physical footprint; a flagship store and HQ in Chinatown, Los Angeles. We personally love their brand identity and website designed by the excellent Folder Studio, and their library of visual inspiration found on their website here. Timeless, indeed.

Building Block was featured in Ala Champ Issue 10 ‘Champion Womens Edition’ 2016
Photography: Adri Law for Ala Champ
Words: Rae Elliman & Joanna Kawecki

Building Block, Los Angeles (2016) © Photo: Adri Law for Ala Champ 'Champion Womens Edition'
Nancy & Kimberly Wu, Building Block, Los Angeles (2016) © Photo: Adri Law for Ala Champ 'Champion Womens Edition'
Building Block, Los Angeles (2016) © Photo: Adri Law for Ala Champ 'Champion Womens Edition'
Building Block, Los Angeles (2016) © Photo: Adri Law for Ala Champ 'Champion Womens Edition'
Building Block, Los Angeles (2016) © Photo: Adri Law for Ala Champ 'Champion Womens Edition'
Building Block, Los Angeles (2016) © Photo: Adri Law for Ala Champ 'Champion Womens Edition'
Building Block, Los Angeles (2016) © Photo: Adri Law for Ala Champ 'Champion Womens Edition'
Building Block, Los Angeles (2016) © Photo: Adri Law for Ala Champ 'Champion Womens Edition'
Building Block, Los Angeles (2016) © Photo: Adri Law for Ala Champ 'Champion Womens Edition'
Building Block, Los Angeles (2016) © Photo: Adri Law for Ala Champ 'Champion Womens Edition'
June, 2017