You might have noticed the red and white dotted trees on the South Bank and wondered what is that all about? Walking in My Mind is an exhibition of dramatic, large scale installation art created by ten international artists who’ve been invited to bring their imagination to life. Each piece represents an individual mindscape which you can, literally, explore and walk through. My favourite was by the brilliant Chiharu Shiota who turns the room into a woven web of black wool in which a circle of bridal gowns has become entangled.
One of the highlights of my recent trip to Toronto was discovering The Drake Hotel. Described as an ‘urban resort’ the hotel has a brilliantly curated General Store, a rooftop patio that hosts ‘car-less drive-in movies’ and indie music performances in the underground lounge. The chef, Anthony Rose, together with Darren Glew, pull together simple seasonal menus for the dining room and outdoor bistro. If you’re lucky enough to go there, say hello to Jonathan Leclaire, the amazing front of house manager and do sign up for their addictive newsletter.
Selling sought after, limited edition clothes and accessories A Bathing Ape is part of a Japanese urban streetwear phenomenon. After 6 months residence at Dover Street Market, the eagerly-anticipated relaunch of BAPE® took place in Soho. Designed by Masamichi Katayama, a futuristic retail space is created using aluminium, stainless steel and neon. LCDs show footage of Lichtensteinesque cartoons to a subtle soundtrack of soft techno. On a backdrop of white, Perspex and mirrored surfaces, vibrant BAPE® products ‘pop’, reminding the customer that this retail experience is about the product as well as the atmosphere.
Written by Rupal Parmar.