Serpentine Pavilion 2018 & Aesop

An exploration of architecture and our surrounds

 

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At once public forum and platform for experimentation, the annual architectural commission by London-based Serpentine Galleries sparks conversations about our relationship to architecture. This year’s Pavilion design, by Frida Escobedo, contemplates time through refractions and shadows. Drawing on both Mexican and British context and history, the structure interplays light, water and geometry to allow quiet reflection on the passage of the day.

On this occasion, our literary publication, The Fabulist, further examines materiality and space. Alongside essays by Geoff Dyer, Rachel Kushner, Valeria Luiselli, and Zadie Smith, this issue features an interview with Frida Escobedo, discussing her influences and Mexican constructions.

Frida Escobedo has previously collaborated with Aesop, most notably on our signature stores in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District and Chicago’s West Loop. She is currently working on a sixth Aesop store in Brooklyn, New York City.

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The Serpentine Pavilion 2018 in London's Kensington Gardens, designed by architect Frida Escobedo
The Serpentine Pavilion 2018 in London's Kensington Gardens, designed by architect Frida Escobedo
The Serpentine Pavilion 2018 in London's Kensington Gardens, designed by architect Frida Escobedo
Aesop’s literary digest, The Fabulist

Literature to complement a sense of space

Presented in partnership with the Serpentine Galleries, this twenty-third issue of The Fabulist gathers essays that question materiality and the meaning of our surrounds.

 

A printed version of The Fabulist is available to collect at the Serpentine Pavilion 2018 and from select Aesop stores around the world.

‘Rigid things collapse. The rest can move, yes, it transforms, it may lose sections, but its spirit will remain.’

Frida Escobedo