Amid the controversy surrounding the closure of the Southbank's skate park, Selfridges are celebrating the impact of surf and skate culture on fashion by collaborating with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Rick Owens, Havaianas, Boy London, Kenzo and Y-3.
For the next six weeks, the Concept Store at Selfridges will be transformed into the Board Room which will display the full skateboard collection plus over 50 limited-edition skate decks, several of which are one-offs. They will also be showcasing the campaign with dedicated window displays on Oxford Street, as one would expect.
Later this month, The Old Selfridges Hotel will become The HTC One Selfridges Skate Park – their very own architect-designed half-pipe heaven, where you can take your skateboard for a spin. The skate park will be a hub of all things board sports and has been specially designed with ramps, jumps and the works.
All eyes have been on the Sochi Olympic Park over the last few weeks but perhaps no part of the park has garnered more attention than its façade. Created by British architect Asif Khan, the 8 metre high instillation displays 3D faces of visitors to the park, based on photos taken when they entered.
It’s perhaps the most spectacular example of a growing trend in design and branding for putting you centre stage. The trend entered mainstream consciousness in 2012, when Starbucks shifted from writing drinks names on coffee cups to writing customers’ names, and it hit supermarket shelves last summer, when Coca-Cola replaced its brand name with popular male and female names on its bottles. More recently, Facebook marked its 10th anniversary by releasing new technology enabling users to create instant videos celebrating their personal Facebook history, rather than by looking back on its own corporate history.
The proposal for London's SkyCycle network, developed by landscaping practice Exterior Architecture, with Foster and Partners and Space Syntax, has certainly caught our eye. With the capital's transport network working at full capacity and the population continuing to grow, it's a problem that needs addressing. With space at a premium, the lateral approach of finding space in the sky, free of cars and buses, is a revolutionary idea and one that has been welcomed.
The SkyCycle network, designed to follow existing suburban railway corridors, has been conceived from both a functional and aesthetic perspective, marrying the two perfectly to create a cyclist's utopia as well as another distinctive mark on London's architectural landscape.
Funding remains the big question so lets hope they can find visionary backers to make this extraordinary idea a reality.
Using nothing more than coloured sand, his bare hands and a lot of patience, New York artist Joe Mangrum's creates what we think is the newest eco-friendly form of street art.
Mangrum has created over 650 public sand paintings on the streets of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and other big cities since 2009. Each bright and colourful intricate creation takes him about 6 to 8 hours of of back breaking work, only to have his creations exposed to the elements
His works of arts reflect the geometry and beauty of underwater creatures emitting electrical impulses. With their eye-catching, pop art feel, it’s no wonder that people passing by can’t help but stop and stare at his work.