Monday, 28 July 2014

COS x Serpentine

2014 marks another year of the continued collaborations between London's Serpentine Galleries, one internationally renowned architect and the much acclaimed, Swedish fashion house, COS. This year, the gallery's directors, Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans-Ulrich Obrist selected Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design the 14th annual pavilion which will be in place until mid-October. 

Along with supporting the Serpentine Galleries' Park Nights series, which sees a variety of concerts, talks, readings and installations taking place in the pavilion on selected Friday evenings, COS have designed two pairs of shoes to be sold exclusively online, in their Regent Street store, and in the galleries themselves. 

We visited the pavilion on its opening day with a selection of COS' SS14 and AW14 collections. Each piece evokes similar qualities to the moth-like surface of the structure, whose glow transforms the fibreglass skin come nightfall.

All clothing and accessories are part of COS' Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter 2014 collections.

Styled, photographed and modelled by Concrete Collar. 

Many thanks to Peter, Ena and Rebecca.

Smiljan Radic 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

The Filling Station

On a scorcher of a London Sunday, we headed to the closing day of the Central Saint Martin's Graduate Exhibition held on the grounds of its enviable campus in Granary Square, Kings Cross. 

The university is situated along London's Regent's Canal boasting a tiered outdoor screening area which slopes down to meet the canal's banks and an 8000sqm public square to its front which is dotted with over one thousand water jets. Granary Square, designed by Townshend Landscape Architects, is a lesson in the merits of public space. On this particular day it played the part of public bath to hundreds of young city-dwelling children. 

Further along the banks of Regent's Canal, sits another clever re-imagining of a once disused space. In 2012, a derelict petrol station was treated to a complete overhaul by 

Today the kiosk of the rebranded 'Kings Cross Filling Station' is home to Shrimpy's, a Californian-meets-Mexican seafood and steak eaterie and the brainchild of Pablo Flack and David Waddington of Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green. Restaurant goers sit canalside in the forecourt of the station which is enclosed by 200m x 4m high wall of curvaceous fibreglass. Above the station's canopy, neon lettering reminiscent of 1950s American diners reads 'The Filling Station'. 

More from our London reunion coming very soon!