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R/S Too

New online concept store lets designers shop their cities for you

by Karen Day in Design on 23 May 2011

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Tapping into the excitement of traveling to foreign cities and discovering the rare, unique and otherwise special offerings, Relative Space's Tyler Greenberg took the idea of a concept shop online with a selection of "objects of interest" that represent designers and their cities. Every few months a new designer will take the reigns, selecting items that reflect their local narrative, starting with architect Juergen Mayer H and Berlin.

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Reflecting the "overlapping disciplines of art, architecture, industrial and product design," Mayer H's pick of Berlin's talents include a Heaven & Hell origami-inspired purse by Bless, Mark Braun's gold-lined porcelain jewelry case, Judith Seng's beautifully crafted solid wood Trift tables and more.

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The current stock also includes a limited run of six specially-designed soccer balls by Mayer H for the site, a testament to the award-winning architect's talent for playing with pattern and form.

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Like the first edition, future designers will each select four to ten different items, which will sell online until sold out. A few objects may show up at Relative Space's NYC or Toronto showrooms (or in a special show such as the recent "$H!T Happens in Berlin" display during ICFF), but the selection will sell chiefly online.

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With Brooklyn as well as many more inspiring places on the horizon, R/S Too is a site worth keeping tabs on. Best of all, its simplified layout makes it easy to shop—whether by designer, city or style.

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