Trend – Viva LA Food Truck – Los Angeles USA

Los Angeles, a city where many of the world’s food trends begin. With the US economy in crisis LA’s “food truck” scene is growing. People who have lost jobs are finding new careers by serving street food from trucks with relatively small start up costs. These new businesses work well in LA because generations of immigration have created a diverse food culture and it’s so close to one of the biggest farming regions in the United States. Let’s take a look at some of the trucks that are taking LA by storm.

Trend – Speakeasy Bars – London

Your expanding knowledge of the ever growing number of London’s underground, speakeasy-style cocktail bars is making you more popular than ever.  Which is saying something, because everyone loves you anyway. Being one of the few who knows exactly which of London’s distressed, unmarked doors can provide access to one of several secret, candlelit cocktail dens makes you….desirable.  But even you can take it up another notch: it’s time to visit the newest and for now, the most secret of London’s secret speakeasies. Head to The Breakfast Club on Artillery Lane, just off Bishopsgate, where you’ll see a fairly normal looking SMEG fridge. Take your date by the hand, open the fridge door and walk through. Inside you’ll find a moodily-lit cocktail bar that has exposed brickwork, an air of exclusivity, some great music and a wide selection of cocktails (from the Rosie and Gin to the Linchberg-Leith Lemonade). Tip: The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is open from 4pm-12:30am, and is currently dishing out £5 cocktails from 5pm – 8pm each day. All you need is a secret ‘saying’, a password if you will. Today the Mayor is a hidden gem, but word is already getting out.  Ensure your spot at the bar by emailing you name, contact details and when you’d like to go to

Event – Cheese & Wine Festival – London 2011

Friday 14 October – Sunday 16 October 2011 11am – 8pm daily (6pm Sunday) FREE EVENT The Cheese & Wine Festival is a celebration of Britain’s best ethical and artisan produce. As well as a wide range of stalls showcasing the highest quality cheeses and wines, there will be some exciting activities for you to take part in. Please note all the tutored tastings with Tim Atkin MW require a ticket and limited spaces are available. Location: Southbank Centre Square, (Behind Royal Festival Hall), Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX To buy tickets for a tutorial click here>    

Interior – OH WOW Pop Up – United States

Founded by Rafael de Cárdenas, ARCHITECTURE AT LARGE, is a seasoned resource for design vision and execution focused on residential and commercial interiors, architecture, furniture, and integrated objects. They favor concept over strategy, the cosmopolitan over the genre- or era-specific, and the atmospheric over the static. Ever-focused on the contemporary, they take diligent note of the past while day-dreaming the future. After much deliberating and debating, the 2011 Great Indoors Award jurors have scrutinized 260 applications from 37 countries. OH WOW Pop Up has just been announced as a finalist! Take a look at their OHWOW at Cappellini PopUp to see why these guys have been nominated.

Event – The Queen’s Gallery – Buckingham Palace

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton & Antarctic Photography 21 October 2011 – 15 April 2012 This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by George Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Ponting’s dramatic images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910–12, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole.  Both collections of photographs were presented to King George V and are today part of the Royal Photograph Collection. We love inspirational photography here at Pop Store as it often aids us in our journey to all things creative.


We are delighted to announce our triumph at this years New Store Europe – Retail Week Interior Awards 2011. The 14th Annual Awards ceremony was held at the Hilton in Park Lane last Thursday 29th September, and we picked up THE SFD BEST POP-UP STORE prize. The award was for our design of Pop Store at the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham. We are pretty chuffed with this result as we were up against some heavyweight competition including design teams from; Debenhams, NIKE & Selfridges! We were also nominated as finalists for THE NJ RICHARDS UK SPECIALIST STORE DESIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2011. The awards showcased tremendous efforts and achievements of other inspired retail designers whom we admire greatly. Pop Store has many more exciting projects in the pipeline, locally and overseas and are currently working with Wildfox Couture on their retail rollout across America, as well as up coming projects for the Olympics next year… exciting times ahead.

Pop Up Cinema – London – Portobello

This Autumn, a section of the Westway Underpass on Portobello Road has been reclaimed to create a pop up cinema.  A non-profit venture, with admission being on a pay-what-you-can-afford basis. Upcoming highlights include: Sunday 10th October, 6.30pm End of the Line Plus Q&A with director Rupert Murray Science London and Portobello Pop Up Cinema present a special screening of this award-winning documentary film, The End of the Line, followed by a rare chance to discuss the movie with director Rupert Murray. We suggest you grab some fish and chips from Jamie Oliver’s favourite, George’s Portobello Fish Bar, beforehand for a perfect October evening.

Interior – Essex – 500 Year Old Barn/Gallery/Home

We don’t usually talk ‘TV’, however last night’s Grand Designs featured a project we couldn’t ignore. Take a look around Freddie and Ben’s 500 year old barn, now transformed into a cavernous home with idiosyncratic interiors… The building has maintained much of its charm, with agricultural roofing and blackened timber cladding. Ben and Freddie’s huge collection of artifacts has provided a useful way of zoning the huge, open living space. Features such as this shelving, created from old wooden pallets, reflect the building’s past, and are perfectly in keeping with its sympathetic rebirth. These silos, now reinstated and rebuilt, house bathrooms and a spiral staircase. With this concrete worktop and recycled wooden units, the kitchen appears to have risen from the floors of the barn. The library is flooded with light thanks to a glazed wall and those remarkable skylights, which remain completely invisible from the outside while simultaneously bouncing natural light around the interior of the barn. Artists Freddie Robins and Ben Coode-Adams converted this Grade II-listed timber-framed barn in Essex into a live/work space for themselves and their daughter. The whole design is based around creating a massive free-form contemporary space with very few walls, to display their ever expanding collection of toys and ephemera. But at seven times the size of an average three-bedroom house, turning this 500-year-old building into any kind of home is a challenge. We loved this episode.  

Design – Moscow Airport – SleepBox

We came across this really cool design in Moscow’s airport.  Aptly named the sleep box it allows you to hire the room hourly to allow you to get some rest on those delayed or transfer flights.  Designed by Arch Group they have added details to make the stay as relaxing as possible.  LED reading lamps and sockets for laptops and mobiles, a bed and enough space to safely store your flight bags. We thought it deserved a pic or two…

Campaign – Wildfox – It’s Only Rock’n’Roll… But I Like It

[vimeo w=400&h=225] WILDFOX FALL 2011: IT’S ONLY ROCK N ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) from WILDFOX PR on Vimeo.
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