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Stephan Jaklitsch

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Oro Editions's Stephan Jaklitsch: Habits, Patterns, Algorithms 1998-2008 is a massive tome chronicling the last ten years' work of architect and interior designer Stephan Jaklitsch. Jaklitsch has designed retail spaces for both Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs (the brand's down-market little brother) all over the world. Though we've seen the shops in LA and San Francisco, it was great to see how he's translated a design language across cities like Paris, Savannah, Hong Kong, and Taipei. The result is a compelling look at what an architect with a clear affinity for a brand can do when permitted to work across a myriad of spaces. Neither too same-y, nor all over the map, one wonders why more design-conscious retailers don't find an architect who works and stick with him.

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  Jaklitsch's Marc by Marc Jacobs shop on Melrose in Los Angeles draws on the stripmall tradition, though opens up into more of a loft style interior. Photograph by John Linden.
    Jaklitsch's Marc by Marc Jacobs shop on Melrose in Los Angeles draws on the stripmall tradition, though opens up into more of a loft style interior. Photograph by John Linden.
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  Skylights afford much of the lighting, though the exposed trusses and cool hues give the shop a delightfully industrial feel. Photograph by John Linden.
    Skylights afford much of the lighting, though the exposed trusses and cool hues give the shop a delightfully industrial feel. Photograph by John Linden.
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  What I liked most about this shop when I visited was that it felt more like a mercantile than a clothing store. Shoppers have a real chance to breathe when inside, and a variety of spaces and experiences to be had beyond racks of shirts and pants. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
    What I liked most about this shop when I visited was that it felt more like a mercantile than a clothing store. Shoppers have a real chance to breathe when inside, and a variety of spaces and experiences to be had beyond racks of shirts and pants. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
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  Famed eyewear brand Moscot employed Jaklitsch for this shop in New York. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
    Famed eyewear brand Moscot employed Jaklitsch for this shop in New York. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
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  Moscot Eyewear is a New York institution, and Jaklitsch sought to draw on that heritage while still giving the place a revamped, designed feel. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
    Moscot Eyewear is a New York institution, and Jaklitsch sought to draw on that heritage while still giving the place a revamped, designed feel. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
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  Jaklitsch's Svensson Loft in New York is a mid-century design fan's fantasy of ample light and lovely wood. A generous library (behind the paneled doors) can be closed off completely from the rest of the house. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
    Jaklitsch's Svensson Loft in New York is a mid-century design fan's fantasy of ample light and lovely wood. A generous library (behind the paneled doors) can be closed off completely from the rest of the house. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
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  Inside the library is a wall of books and spots to lounge. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
    Inside the library is a wall of books and spots to lounge. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
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  Outside the foosball table reigns. All the more reason to shut the doors when curling up with a good book. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
    Outside the foosball table reigns. All the more reason to shut the doors when curling up with a good book. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
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  Here is a glimpse from the interior of the Marc Jacobs store in San Francisco out to Maiden Lane, one of the city's pedestrian alleys. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
    Here is a glimpse from the interior of the Marc Jacobs store in San Francisco out to Maiden Lane, one of the city's pedestrian alleys. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
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  The clean, modern interior of the Parisian Marc Jacobs store is belied by its decidedly trad facade of the Palais-Royal in the center of town. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
    The clean, modern interior of the Parisian Marc Jacobs store is belied by its decidedly trad facade of the Palais-Royal in the center of town. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
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  Once inside the arcade, you get a much better view of how Jaklitsch made use of the seven bays the store occupies. Photograph by Jean Philippe Caulliez.

    Once inside the arcade, you get a much better view of how Jaklitsch made use of the seven bays the store occupies. Photograph by Jean Philippe Caulliez.

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  I love certain elements he chose to retain, such as this glossy, black handrail. Photograph by Jean Philippe Caulliez.
    I love certain elements he chose to retain, such as this glossy, black handrail. Photograph by Jean Philippe Caulliez.
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  The men's accessory gallery houses shoes and glasses on its sycamore, nickel and acid-etched glass shelves. Photograph by Jean Philippe Caulliez.
    The men's accessory gallery houses shoes and glasses on its sycamore, nickel and acid-etched glass shelves. Photograph by Jean Philippe Caulliez.
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  Another view of the Parisian shop.
    Another view of the Parisian shop.
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  Just across Melrose from the Marc by Marc Jacobs store sits Marc Jacobs with its unmistakably lush facade.
    Just across Melrose from the Marc by Marc Jacobs store sits Marc Jacobs with its unmistakably lush facade.
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  Inside the vibe has something of an Art Deco, old Hollywood air. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
    Inside the vibe has something of an Art Deco, old Hollywood air. Photograph by Paul Warchol.
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  Curtains along the elliptical wall are meant to evoke a sense of grandeur, as though Katherine Hepburn might wander out of an old comedy at any moment. Photograph by John Linden.
    Curtains along the elliptical wall are meant to evoke a sense of grandeur, as though Katherine Hepburn might wander out of an old comedy at any moment. Photograph by John Linden.

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