This year the Serpentine Summer Pavillion comes with bonus tenders in the form of four Summer houses which make up a complete Architecture Programme. The annual showcase has extended the commission for these four extra designs to be inspired by the Queen Caroline's Temple, nearby in Kensington Gardens. The architects are chosen to give them an opportunity to build their first structure in the UK and for the talents aged between 36 and 93 this must have been an incredible project!
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) 300 metre square structure is based on the basics of a brick wall, but each block is a fibreglass frame, stacked on top of each other to look like the wall has been unzipped. The inside space will be a cafe during the day and events space in the evening all throughout the Summer till early October. During this time the adjacent Summer houses will offer extra space for shelter and relaxation with Kunlé Adeyemi's upholstered blocks and Barkow Leibinger's loops, quils and plywood paisley patterns.
Head over to the site to view the complete schedule of events in the "Park Nights" series.
From Rosy Nicholas's work with Estée Lauderin yesterday's post to another of my favourite artists, Lakwena and her collaboration with Clinique. Her dreamy graphic style and multi-colour palette have been combined for a cosmic cosmetics bag and purse. The pouch has been part of a gift-bag promotion concealing a combination of new products such as Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer and Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer with Clinique classics like the beloved Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I'm chuffed to bits with this lot for my holidays and FOREVER as a keepsake of Lakwena's work for the archives. LOVE IT!
(Here it is with my new Lazy Oaf cloud beach towel)
Find out more on the Lakwena X Clinque collaboration here.
Following on from Rosy's pom-pom Converse to her pom-pom heels ........... worn to the launch of Estée Lauder's new line "The Estée Edit" unveiled at Selfridges by the campaign's star Kendall Jenner. Not only did we get the range of cosmetics (some exclusive to Selfridges) to take home to try but also some blue meringues by The Meringue Girls!
Since years of creating cosmic sets, props and accessories from paper and pom-poms - Rosy Nicholas has now recorded the process for the public to learn how to have a go too. Each cut and fold has been documented with step-by-step photography and annotated with directions to follow. "Dress You Up" is now available for pre-order and being published on 14th July, ready for you to customise your sunglasses and beach bag ready for the holidays!!
Here she is at her pop-up shop making cards from her illustration collages - follow Rosy on Instagram hereto see more.