Archive for October 2011

Music – Blog – AOR Disco

We stumbled upon this blog a few months back when BBC Radio 6 Music mentioned it. It posts about classic adult orientated rock, revived , remixed and re-edited material. There is something for everyone on this muso blog and has some incredible (never-seen before) photography. The archives are endless and it has hours of material to keep you entertained. Especially useful on a dreary Sunday. See what you think….

Interior – Helicosm Cosmetics Shop – Paris

Location: Paris 1st Arrondissement Designed by: FREAKS Freearchitects The 100-sq-m store has an usual shape for a Parisian shop, as it stretches 20m long. A wood tunnel doubles as a shelving display and connects the main shop in front and a waiting room in the back. ‘The tunnel works as a theatre decorum into which doors and holes organize all the technical storage, access, restroom and extra display,’ explains Yves Pasquet of FREAKS freearchitects. At the end of the tunnel is a large image of mountains and a lake that brings the space into a parallel reality. The cool mint hue covers the floor, walls and ceiling in the front room, wrapping guests with a refreshing – yet slightly uncomfortable – aesthetic. All furnishings were found in second-hand shops and markets, which Pasquet says was done to not ‘overly design’ the space. With a budget of a mere €100,000 budget, we love this interior and it’s LAB feel. What do you interior lovers think?  


Store: Brooks Brothers Location: Regent Street, London Last Thursday1 Brooks Brothers opened the doors of their Regent Street store to showcase the best in Scottish textiles and raise money for male cancer Charity Orchid. Marking Harris Tweed’s centenary year, Brooks Brothers showed off a Harris Tweed-upholstered 1919 Model T Ford, especially created by Ramsay Coachtrimming for the ‘champagne of fabrics‘. Founder Henry Sands Brooks had a very clear guiding principle for Brooks Brothers, which was “to make and deal only in merchandise of the finest body, to sell it at a fair profit, and to deal with people who seek and appreciate such merchandise.” – a standard echoed by the Scottish textiles industry. Famed for a number of firsts, Brooks Brothers has introduced many pieces such as ready-to-wear clothing and the iconic Polo Button-Down Shirt to America, which are now a staple in the fashion market.  In addition to the ‘ready-to-wear’ suit, Brooks Brothers is credited with the introduction of the wash-and-wear Shirts (first made in the 1950s using a blend of Dacron, polyester, and cotton called “Brooksweave“), and the much loved non-iron Cotton Dress Shirts, made from 100% cotton, thanks to its innovative development of technology. The button-down dress shirt collar was developed by founder Henry Sands Brooks’ grandson John E. after he saw the non-flapping collars on English polo players at a polo match in England. We think these boys look rather dapper, don’t you?

Interior by Pop Store – Amnesty International at Boxpark – London

STORE: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LOCATION:  NEXT TO SHOREDITCH HIGH STREET TUBE ST, EAST LONDON Sixty shipping containers are  being transformed into the world’s first pop-up shopping mall as we speak.  Set to open its doors in East London very soon. Pop Store is creating a brand new space for Amnesty International’s new gallery/shop. We wanted to share our with you our progress… Built next to the new Shoreditch High Street train station,  60 customised containers are now on site at Boxpark. Forty make up the ground floor of the newly created High Street, and upstairs will be a further 20 units housing cafes and art galleries.


An assortment of highly sought after retailers will be claiming residency at the new shopping destination.  We are working with Amnesty International to create an amazing retail space that will raise brand awareness and educate visitors of their current and future projects. Selling a wide range of exclusive Amnesty related products. We are really excited about the new store.

The Amnesty unit will be place next-door to the main Boxpark reception as seen below. Not long until the space will be open for your leisure. Amnesty International Unit 56 [vimeo w=400&h=225] BOX PARK 08/2011 from Roger Wade on Vimeo.  

Interior – Topman General Store – Shoreditch

East London is now playing host to Topman’s new store Topman General Store on Commercial Street in Shoreditch. They have shed their half female inhabited clothes and gone ALL MAN. The brand’s design director, Gordon Richardson, curated the new shop alongside the creative director of the ever cool b store, Matthew Murphy. The store’s interior is a job well done and the design feels considered. You can find Topman General ‘Design’ and ‘LTD’ collections as well as seasonal collaborations and a small selection of hand picked other brands. You will also be able to mooch around limited edition art prints, books from Paris’ 0fr and temporary installations in the store’s custom built displays.  

Event – Freeze Festival 2011 – Battersea Power Station

For those of you who fancy yourselves as ski/board pros, or whoever wants a reason to party, then head down to 2011’s Freeze at Battersea Power Station next weekend. [vimeo w=400&h=225]

Relentless Freeze 2010 Highlights from Freeze Festival TV on Vimeo.

  You will see the best in snowboarding, skiing, music and more over 2 days as opposed to three. From 28-29th October the new format will offer complete days for all Freeze fans and nothing will be missing from previous years! There will not be one moment where you will be wondering what to do. In fact the opposite, you’ll be spoilt for choice! From slope to mainstage to retail village we’ll be amazed if you can squeeze it all in. But that is what its about – Full days of the ultimate entertainment! We’re excited! Get your best apres ski kit ready and enjoy this year’s ultimate winter party.  

Interior – Art & Design Show – San Francisco

A whopping 200 wheat straw bales were used in this display for HEDGE at a California art and design fair last month. ‘Straw is an incredibly effective acoustic buffer,’ said architect Virginia San Fratello of Rael San Fratello Architects. ‘The experience within Straw Gallery was one of quiet, calm and focused observation in contrast to a busy exterior.’ The enveloping, aromatic room was filled with steel niche shelving units that displayed HEDGE’s visions of 20th and 21st century design, art and crafts. These products were displayed at various levels relative to the eyes and hands of viewers. Straw Gallery was created for the fourth annual San Francisco Art & Design Showlast month. The raw straw juxtaposed its industrial modern surroundings in the Fort Mason Centre.   What do you guys think of this design? We were thinking this could act as a great Pop Up space, allergies to straw aside.  

Art – Boetti – Bonham’s – New Bond St – London

Go and see the Boetti on sale at Bonhams, New Bond Street. It’s amazing and beautifully lit and displayed. It’ll be in a private collection this week… Bonham’s Contemporary Art Department is delighted to announce the sale of a highly important work by one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th century, Alighiero E Boetti (1940-1994), in the Department’s inaugural sale on 13 October 2011. Attracting a pre-sale estimate of £1,200,000 – 1,800,000 and entitled 1984, this monumental piece comprises 192 intricate pencil drawings of magazine covers which were published in 1984. Composed of 12 panels, one documenting each month of the year, it is the first time that this work has appeared at auction. All yours for just £1.5 million.    

Pop Up Shop – Manila -Tom Dixon’s Flash Photography

This video is admittedly more flash than substance, but perhaps that’s fitting; it highlights Tom Dixon’s Flash Factory, launched last week at Manila’s MOS Design Building the last stop in a series of events in Asia including a spotting during Beijing Design Week. Dixon’s concept moves the pop-up shop one step further back on the production chain… [vimeo w=400&h=225]

Display: Tom Dixon Flash Factory, Manila from Sarie Cruz on Vimeo.

Pop Up Restaurant – London – The Minotaur & PRET A DINER

Location: The Old vic Tunnels, London… Beneath Waterloo Station Date: from 10 October until 25 October 2011 Lazarides Gallery are delighted to announce a groundbreaking collaboration with Kofler & Kompanie, who will be redefiningthe dining experience in the form of a Michelin Star pop-up restaurant, during their two-week residence in The Old Vic Tunnels. During Frieze and London Restaurant Festival, the underground venue will transform into an alternative cultural space featuring a labyrinth gallery of cutting-edge artwork and film, offering a world-class restaurant and lounge-bar. There are also live DJ sets/performances from the likes of Booka Shade, James Lavelle and many more.  Within the maze of artwork, KP Kofler, Founder and CEO of Germany’s most well known caterers, will bring together some of the best chefs in the world to demonstrate their technical expertise and unique form of creative cuisine. By refashioning one of the tunnels, KP Kofler will introduce PRET A DINER to the London stage for the very first time, with top Michelin-starred chefs Nuno Mendes (Viajante, London), Matthias Schmidt (Villa Merton, Frankfurt) and Juan Amador, (Amador, Mannheim). A three course meal at PRET A DINER including entrance to the exhibition will be priced at £75. Bookings will be available at 7pm and 9pm.  To register visit
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